October 21, 2018

Drop Your Bucket
Guest Preacher: Dr. Mark Hicks

In his famous 1895 Atlanta Exposition speech, the African American educator and public intellectual Booker T. Washington considered the challenges Americans were facing during post-war reconstruction. He advised the audience to look past the daunting in search of the innovative. What insights can we take from that notion during these challenging times?  What does our faith - and faith formation - call us to do?

Dr. Mark A. Hicks is the Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education and Director of the Fahs Collaborative Laboratory for Innovation in Faith Formation at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago (Unitarian Universalist). As a scholar, curriculum write and educator, Dr. Hicks uses the power of collaboration, the arts, and transformative learning theory in service of building just, compassionate, and inclusive learning communities. He is the author of the UU curriculum, Building the World We Dream About; Beloved Conversations, and currently under development, “Gathering Our Selves:  Spiritual Resources for People of Color.”  He is a lay leader at All Souls Unitarian, Washington, DC.

October 14, 2018

No Time for a Casual Faith
Guest Preacher: Rev. John L. Saxon
It’s been said that, like other religious liberals, Unitarian Universalists can be a bit “casual” in our approach to matters of religion and faith. But, as UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray has said, “this is no time for a casual faith.” In the challenging, chaotic, turbulent, and disturbing times in which we live, it is only through living our faith more deeply that we will find the courage, the strength, the will, and the hope that we need to sustain our spirits in the never-ending work of justice and beloved community.

Rev. Saxon is the Executive Director of Forward Together: The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of North Carolina.

September 30, 2018

The Children Among Us
Rev. Deborah Cayer and Julia Tyler, Director of Religious Education

Unitarian Universalists have a rich history around religious education. What do we give our children, and why? How does what we offer our children end up affecting us? The Chalice Singers and Preston Clarke provide special music. 


October 7, 2018

Earth Sanctuary Earth Relationship
Rev. Jacqueline Brett, worship leader

Indigenous People the world over have sustained a relationship with the earth that has informed a deep connection and wise understanding of our planet -- even in the face of being driven from tribal lands and dislocated to places most at risk for dire consequences of climate change. What does it mean to live with a deep relationship with the earth? What might it mean for us to form such relationships with one another?

September 23, 2018

Shaping a Life Worthwhile
Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader

What does a religious group with no creed and a wide variety of beliefs among its members do together on Sunday morning? Do we really expect an hour a week to make a difference? (spoiler alert: Yes!)

September 16, 2018

Rev. Deborah Cayer, Rev. Jacqueline Brett

Reflections on community and connection. The offering this morning will go to the NC Disaster Relief Fund.

September 9, 2018

Turning Back
Rev. Deborah Cayer, worship leader

Rosh Hashanna, the start of the Jewish new year, begins this evening at sunset. It's a time for cleaning up, clearing out, for turning back to what's essential and beginning again with love. UU's can do this too, and this morning we shall.

The early service now starts at 9:00 AM.

September 2, 2018

Fashioning a Vision As Sacred Practice
Rev. Jacqueline Brett, worship leader
Many say that what the world most needs today is imagination, new dreams, new vision in response to the difficulties of our times. What does it take to fashion such a vision? How might we create a vision that is big enough, sacred enough to hold the well being of us all?


August 26, 2018

Water's Wisdom
Revs. Brett and Cayer, and Julia Tyler, worship leaders.

At the end of summer as we turn toward autumn, water is abundant in some places, scarce in others.  But water's qualities can carry our love, imagination, and commitment, and these things can help us create the world we dream of and intend to make real.  This is a service for ALL AGES and will move along with stories, songs, and meditations.  Bring some water from your summer experience (from far away or as near as your kitchen or garden) to add to our common bowl.

August 19, 2018

On Principle
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader

Unitarian Universalists have seven principles that can guide us into lives full of meaning, purpose and joy. This morning we'll consider where the principles came from and how we might use them to take us in the direction of our vision. Also, an 8th principle has been proposed, and we'll consider it as well.


August 12, 2018

Being Braver
Rev. Deborah Cayer, Worship Leader
Music: Summer choir, Jocelyn Neal, director

Researchers tell us that while Americans have sorted themselves into like minded groups, the affirmation we receive from those around us first creates then amplifies our fear of others who “are not like us”.   But how much of our fear is real?  Or useful?  What could we do differently?  And why is this spiritually important?  

August 5, 2018

Courage and Improvisation
Rev. Jim Magaw, Guest Preacher; Gerda Presson, Worship Associate
Music: The ERUUF Jazz Collective

Jazz legend Miles Davis once famously said: "It’s not the note you play that’s the wrong note – it’s the note you play afterwards that makes it right or wrong." Jazz encourages and requires moving forward without entirely knowing where you are going. How might this kind of thinking play out in the rest of our lives? 

Read more: August 5, 2018