12 January 2020 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (12 January 2020) at 11:00 AM for “UU Ethical and Spiritual Considerations in Light of the World’s Religions” by Rev. Barbara Jarrell.

We are continuing our focus on the third source of Unitarian Universalism — “wisdom of the world’s religions, which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.”

Religious education classes for children and youth are offered during the 11:00 AM service.  Children and youth attend the first 15-20 minutes of the service and then are dismissed to class.

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Adult Religious Education — 12 January 2020

Please join us on Sunday (12 January 2020) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education class — Understanding the Bible with Susan Caldwell (Facilitator).

For this Sunday — Exploring the Christian Scriptures

Our Unitarian and Universalist forebears read the scriptures for themselves and arrived at interpretations of their own, sometimes at risk to their freedom or their very lives.  With the stakes not nearly so high in our own lives, it seems only right that we honor them as we claim the Hebrew and Christian scriptures that are also part of our own religious heritage.

Today we’ll spend one more Sunday in our exploration of the life and teachings of the man Jesus and the religious and political backdrop against which he came on the scene.  This class is based on the book Understanding the Bible: An Introduction for Skeptics, Seekers, and Religious Liberals by former UUA President John Buehrens.

The New UU class with Bennett Upton start again next week (19 January 2020) at 9:15 AM with a new series of classes.

Whether you are brand new to Unitarian Universalism, or you’ve been around awhile and would like to fill in some gaps, this class is for you.

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5 January 2020 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us this Sunday (5 January 2020) at 11:00 AM for “Wholly Whole and Holy” by Rev. Barbara Jarrell.

Join us for the first service of 2020 as we begin our focus on the third source of Unitarian Universalism (the Wisdom of the World’s Religions).

Religious education classes for children and youth are offered during the 11:00 AM service.  Children and youth attend the first 15-20 minutes of the service and then are dismissed to class.

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Adult Religious Education — 5 January 2020

Please join us on Sunday (5 January 2020) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education classes.  For this Sunday, you have choices:

  • The New UU –Bennett Upton, Facilitator
    New and not-so-new Unitarian Universalists will benefit from this comprehensive introduction to our faith tradition and our congregation. Hear stories from our history, and learn more about our covenantal Living Tradition in the here and now.   This Sunday — Session 1 — “Theology and Worship” — We begin with an introduction to each other and to Unitarian Universalism.  We will explore Unitarian Universalism’s process-oriented approach to religion as well as some basic theological understandings shared by most Unitarian Universalists.
  • Understanding the Bible — Susan Caldwell, Facilitator
    Understanding the Bible provides an opportunity to engage with the scriptures and read them “against the grain.”  As our very tradition was born because our forebears took the initiative to do exactly that, often at the risk of their reputations and even their lives, it’s only right that we take on for ourselves the right and privilege of doing so.  This week — “Setting the Scene for Jesus:  An Introduction to the Christian Scriptures” — Our Unitarian and Universalist forebears read the scriptures for themselves and arrived at interpretations of their own, sometimes at risk to their freedom or their very lives.  With the stakes not nearly so high in our own lives, it seems only right that we honor them as we claim the Hebrew and Christian scriptures that are also part of our own religious heritage.  We begin an exploration of the life and teachings of the man Jesus and the religious and political backdrop against which he came on the scene.
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29 December 2019 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (29 December 2019) at 11:00 AM for “You Have a Point There” with Rev. Barbara Jarrell and Susan Caldwell.

Some “sermonating,” some storytelling, some music, but what’s the point?

Come and find out.

For this week’s religious education for children and youth, we will have a low-key movie and crafts day.

Regular classes will resume next Sunday (5 January 2020) as we begin our pillar on World Religions.

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No Adult Religious Education Classes This Sunday (29 December 2019)

There will be no 9:15 AM adult religious education classes this Sunday (29 December 2019).

We will be back on 5 January 2020 with a new session of The New UU and the continuation of Understanding the Bible with an exploration of the Christian scriptures.

Check back next week for details.

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22 December 2019 All-Ages Worship Service

Please join us on Sunday (22 December 2019) at 11:00 AM for “Don’t Let the Lights Go Out” with the children, youth, and adults of All Souls.

Our winter holiday celebrations were born of a need to remember in the darkest times of winter that the Light will return.  It is in telling the stories and hearing their messages that call to us even now that we become the bringers of the light to a dark and hurting world.

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Adult Religious Education — 22 December 2019

Please join us on Sunday (22 December 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education classes.  For this Sunday, you have choices:

  • The New UU –Bennett Upton, Facilitator
    New and not-so-new Unitarian Universalists will benefit from this comprehensive introduction to our faith tradition and our congregation. Hear stories from our history, and learn more about our covenantal Living Tradition in the here and now.  This Sunday — Session 6 — “Membership” — This workshop ties up loose ends and also explicitly invites those who have not yet done so to take the next step into membership.
  • Understanding the Bible — Susan Caldwell, Facilitator
    Understanding the Bible provides an opportunity to engage with the scriptures and read them “against the grain.”  As our very tradition was born because our forebears took the initiative to do exactly that, often at the risk of their reputations and even their lives, it’s only right that we take on for ourselves the right and privilege of doing so.  This week — Session 6 — “Meet the Prophets” — As we’ve discussed before in different contexts, the act of prophesying is often more of a “forthtelling,” than a “foretelling,” as in calling forth the powers that be and holding them accountable for the injustices of their regimes.  As we explore the prophetic tradition of the Hebrew Scriptures, we will look at the necessary tension between prophetic leadership, which is essential, and prophets that set themselves in a position to speak truth to the power of leadership, which is also essential.
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15 December 2019 Worship Service and Religious Education for Children and Youth

Please join us on Sunday (15 December 2019) at 11:00 AM for “The Soul Felt Its Worth” by Rev. Barbara Jarrell.

We will continue our season of focus on the Jewish and Christian roots of Unitarian Universalism.

Look for the Mitten Tree this Sunday as well as an opportunity to pay tribute to loved ones by purchasing poinsettias for the sanctuary.

Religious education classes for children and youth are offered during the 11:00 AM service.  Children and youth attend the first 15-20 minutes of the service and then are dismissed to class.

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Adult Religious Education — 15 December 2019

Please join us on Sunday (15 December 2019) at 9:15 AM for our adult religious education classes.  For this Sunday, you have choices:

  • The New UU –Bennett Upton, Facilitator
    New and not-so-new Unitarian Universalists will benefit from this comprehensive introduction to our faith tradition and our congregation. Hear stories from our history, and learn more about our covenantal Living Tradition in the here and now.  This Sunday — Session 5 — “How Are Decisions Made? Governance and Polity.”  This workshop explores the workings of a free congregation and the history of our movement behind it.
  • Understanding the Bible — Susan Caldwell, Facilitator
    Understanding the Bible provides an opportunity to engage with the scriptures and read them “against the grain.”  As our very tradition was born because our forebears took the initiative to do exactly that, often at the risk of their reputations and even their lives, it’s only right that we take on for ourselves the right and privilege of doing so.  This week — Session 4 — “Exodus.”  We look at the story of Moses, what it meant to the people who told it and the people who heard it, and the ways we find ourselves in the story.
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