Many cultures take religious inspiration from nature. As a biologist, I’m continually fascinated at how principles from the biological world seem to parallel or reflect our ideals of a healthy community. In this reflection, I will be exploring questions such as, “What is an individual? Why is diversity important? and Why is it better to be in a community?” from a biological perspective.
Many Unitarian Universalists believe that after we die we live on only in the memories of our loved ones. If you don’t hold a belief in an other-worldly heaven or afterlife, how then do you prepare yourself for your inevitable death? Heritage UU Church’s Assistant Minister for Religious Education, the Rev. Leslie Woodward, shares reflections formed by six years as a hospice chaplain.
Today we will take another look at race in America through the eyes of an unusual couple – comedian Chris Rock and neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart. Rock, in a recent interview (The Hollywood Reporter magazine), and Hart in a recent book (High Price) offer penetrating insights and some unexpected thoughts on both the subtlety and institutionalism of race in America. The Rev. Sharon Dittmar is the minister of the First Unitarian Church near the University of Cincinnati.
Drum, dance or just hold space! Bring a drum or noise-maker if you have one.
The festival of Imbolc heralds the coming of spring. Most commonly it is held on February 2nd, or about halfway between winter solstice and the spring equinox. Also celebrated as Ground Hog’s Day.
No experience or partner is required for this drum and dance circle. The only requirement is that you have a body! This event combines drumming and ecstatic dynamic dance to celebrate the turning of the wheel. Festive, flexible attire is encouraged! Bring a simple snack to share in the potluck after the circle. We would love to have you arrive at 7:00 to set up the Great Room as Sacred Space.
Love offering for Heritage welcome.
Led by: Mimi Sinclair and Tracy Jo.
Contact Tracy Jo at 310-9029 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The word sabbatical comes from the Biblical word Sabbath, a time of rest and renewal.
We have heard some of the Rev. Bill Gupton’s musings on his newly-begun sabbatical. But what does the sabbath/sabbatical mean to each of us on a personal level and to us as a congregation? Reverend Bill’s sabbatical will focus on learning and growth, rest and play. How do we as individuals and as a congregation thrive and grow during this period? During this service we will explore these questions together.
Our minister’s annual reflection on the “State of the Church” – patterned after and timed to coincide with the President’s annual State of the Union address – will take on a new twist this year, as Rev. Bill prepares to begin a six-month sabbatical. Come hear his thoughts on “the state of things” at Heritage, on what our challenges and opportunities might be in the coming year, and to discover what our minister’s hopes and dreams are for where we might be a year hence. Oh – and come to say “goodbye and good luck” . . . this will be Rev. Bill’s last Sunday with us until August!
On this Sunday before Martin Luther King Day, we welcome guests to our sanctuary to present a collaborative performance featuring mime, movement, mask-work, songs and readings. Through traditional spirituals, classic and contemporary poetry, and archival “Runaway Slave Ads,” this presentation brings to life legacies of women and men who sought and fought for freedom.
As the time of sabbatical – both for our senior minister, and for our congregation – approaches, we are aware that these next several months will offer us all an opportunity to see things with fresh eyes. What might it mean to do so? How might we each grow during this upcoming time of “doing things differently”? What role do new perspectives and challenges play in human growth and development? Our HUUC Choir will return following a brief holiday break to enrich our worship.
As the odometer turns over to a new year, and we conclude the holiday season, our thoughts often move to inner pathways – to a contemplative time and one of envisioning our future. All of this and the challenge of continuing to live in the moment.
Join us this morning for poetry, music and more as we celebrate this special moment in time.