The purpose of the Forum is to provide informative speakers or panels on social justice and other issues including matters of internal interest to the church community. We work to be intellectually stimulated on topics and perspectives not widely available elsewhere. Forum speakers do not solicit funds for or membership in groups. Topics range from civil rights to community affairs. The Forum is typically not coordinated with Sunday Service themes.
To protect the not-for-profit tax status of our church, we do not endorse any candidates, provide financial or other support to campaigns or display campaign literature.
10am Forums are held the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month all year. Meetings and social events are held at 10am on the other Sundays.
Celebration of Life Services
Sunday morning services generally consist of opening words and chalice lighting; a brief “Time for All Ages” with our children; minister-led readings, meditations and sermon; and, throughout the service, music – richly varied piano, from classical to jazz, with Unitarian hymns, some in the Protestant tradition. Optional childcare is provided for children younger than preschool age.
Our “Time for All Ages” is often a story related to the themes of the religious education (RE) classes the children attend when they leave the service. Over the year, the Celebration of Life will occasionally be an Inter-generational service presented by the children and RE staff.
April Worship Theme Transformation
Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the plowshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring, and reserve a nook of shadow for the passing bird; keep a place in your heart for the unexpected guests, an altar for an unknown God. -Henri-Frederic Ariel
April 2—Rev. Henley asks the question: “What does it look like to be a person of transformation”? From Soul Matter Sharing:
Ok, let’s admit it: we say “no” more often than we can count-or than we are aware of. It’s often our default mode. We are so good at coming up with reasons to say no. Not enough time. Too risky. One has to pick and choose. We don’t deserve it. Delayed gratification. Distrust. I know better. I want to be in control.
April 9—When we are in despair, when we feel as though the world is “not right”, do we depend on others to make our world whole again, or do we take responsibility for our own way of being.
From Author Barbara Kingsolver: “In my own worst seasons I’ve come back from the colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window… Until I learned to be in love with my life again. Like a stroke victim retraining new parts of the brain to grasp lost skills, I have taught myself joy, over and over again.”
April 16—Palm Sunday we will explore the transformation which calls us to let go of that which keeps us chained to a behavior that is not good for us. Rev. Henley will ask us to look for something that we do which is not healthy for us, and which we have a hard time of letting go.
From Amy Zucker Morgenstern – Spiritual transformation is a death as well as a birth. The teachers who help us to grow know that it can’t happen without this pain. They don’t save us from it—in fact, what they do usually intensify it.
April 22—is Earth Day, April 23 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and April 23 is Easter Sunday. This will be a special service, one in which we look at these designated days which call us to accountability. Is that what we often overlook? Accountability
April 29—A Special Service for Religious Education. “How does our religious education (R.E.) demonstrate the embodiment of our Unitarian Universalist heritage. Rev. Henley and Chris Bakker our director of religious education (DRE) will offer words of wisdom, and the children will share with us their best moments of this church year.