So many of us share our homes with other living creatures — cats, dogs, bearded dragons, snakes, geckos, perhaps even tarantulas! For worship this Sunday, non-pet owners and pet owners alike of all ages are invited to join in our animal blessing! Pick one pet (or one group such as your fish) and come prepared to share a fun fact and/or a time your pet made you laugh. Please limit sharing to less than 1 minute. No pets? No worries! Plush friends are always welcome. Or get creative: imagine an invisible pet, play dress up, draw or craft a pet, the possibilities are endless! We’ll conclude with a Blessing of the Animals. After service stay connected for our virtual coffee hour.
Please note that there will be no in-person service. Watch for plans for online worship. Rev. Brian Chenowith, minister of the UU Church of Lexington, will provide the reflection.
Rev. Chenowith is a lifelong Chicagoan with roots in the South Side. His spiritual upbringing was Catholic and Anglican though he came to Unitarian Universalism early on. He earned his degree in Theology & Religion from Elmhurst College in 2008. From there he entered seminary in 2011 after a period of discernment and preparation for theological education and graduated from Meadville Lombard in Chicago in 2014. Rev. Chenowith is passionate about ritual, theology, and distilling our liberal religious tradition into relevant practices in our daily lives. He is a member of the Religious Naturalist Association and focuses his work and ministry in that worldview.
Worship Associate: Chris Whittaker.
All ages are welcome to celebrate a special Heritage morning of ritual and community via the Zoom video conferencing platform. We will be celebrating Easter Sunday, as well as our Unitarian Universalist Flower Communion, and after the service we’ll break into small groups for an online coffee hour. Please have both a flower to offer in our flower ritual, and a welcoming spirit to connect with old friends and meet new people in our break-out rooms. Don’t worry if you don’t have an actual flower to share. Photos and drawings of flowers are welcome too! Our wonderful Choir is recording special Easter music to share! In this time of physical distancing, we will be together, our computer screens will be beautified by our flowers, and our spirits will be lifted with the inspiration of spring and rebirth.
Gather the entire family around your computer today for a special Heritage morning of ritual and community via the Zoom video conferencing platform. We’ll hear a special story and talk about how we are all connected even though we are apart. Before the service begins, find a piece of string or thread at least 12 inches long, one for each member of your household. Colored thread would be terrific! Bring the string or thread with you to worship for a special blessing and ritual to bind us together in love.
Please note that there will be no in-person service. Watch for plans for online worship. Rev. Constance M. Simon, minister of First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati, will deliver the sermon this Sunday. She writes: “It’s hard to believe that just 90 days ago we were busy preparing for the holidays and spending time with friends, families and loved ones. Now, our routines and our world have been disrupted and changed in ways few of us could have imagined. How do we stay connected to ourselves and each other in difficult times?” Worship Associate: Louise Lawarre.
Faith communities and indeed all Americans are beginning to realize our big challenge — how to stay together while staying apart. As churches, households, businesses and agencies scramble to put alternatives to physically gathering in place, another question rises: How long will we need to be separated? Our pre-recorded worship service this week will feature readings, poetry, music from Les Tacy and reflections from Rev. Leslie. We will post the link to the YouTube video on the top of this page on Sunday morning. Watch for an invitation to our virtual coffee hour, scheduled for noon via the Zoom Video Conferencing service. Worship Associate: Lisa Prantl.
THERE WILL BE NO IN-PERSON SERVICE. WATCH FOR PLANS FOR ONLINE WORSHIP.
Have you been attending Heritage for decades or just a few weeks or months? Either way, you have a story to share and a reason that you keep returning to this community for Sunday worship or fellowship during the week. Please join us on this Stewardship Sunday to hear stories from members and friends and to learn about how you can share your Heritage Story along with your pledge. And, of course, you’ll get the latest updates on the logistics of this year’s pledge drive, which I’m calling Pledging Online 2.0. We learned a lot from our first online pledge drive last year that we can use to improve and enhance the experience for our 2020-2021 pledge drive, and we’ll talk about all of the new pledging “features” coming this spring.
Reid is Stewardship and Finance Chair for Heritage. He and his wife, Jennifer, have been members of HUUC since 2006. He joins the choir from time to time, and he’s also part of the Worship Tech team. Reid’s day job is Director of College Editorial at SAGE Publishing.
Worship Associate: Beth Fritsch.
Jessica James, MDiv.
What are you waiting for? For the check to clear, for the treatment to work, for Spring to return, for the job offer to arrive, for the kettle to boil, for the test results to confirm, for habits to pay off, for the house to sell, for the dough to rise, for the healing to complete, for the jury to deliberate, for the moon to wax? Waiting can be agonizing. What life can you live while you wait? Do any gifts live here, in the threshold of in-between?
Jessica James, MDiv, is a new Unitarian Universalist minister preparing for ordination in June. She serves on the Board of the Church of the Larger Fellowship and is pursuing a second master’s degree in restorative justice at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding of Eastern Mennonite University. She graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in May 2018 and served as the Ministerial Intern for UUAC First Parish in Sherborn, MA from September 2017-June 2019. Jessica has also been a military spouse for 20 years. She and her husband Royce live in Dayton with their four children.
Come to the service and hear Jessica James’ thoughts, as well as beautiful music from our choir.
Worship Associate: Regina Pugh.