Worship in April

Theme for the month of April – Transformation

2 APRIL –  A Place to Bloom  Our welcome mat as Unitarian Universalists has few limitations.  We strive to be a place where people can figuratively bloom into what they desire as better for themselves. We will be discussing how we encompass transgender individuals and their families in our communal transformation and hospitality. Service led by the Rev. Duncan Teague, visiting minister.

9 APRIL – Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, A Palm Sunday Lens  Jesus is understood as “the presence of Wisdom,” the feminine form of the Divine. In his short ministry, Jesus embodied the archetype of Sophia. He lived from and taught the Power of Love. With his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, he modeled the soft form of “Love as Leadership.” Faith in that softness means love can prevail, since all people want love.  Service led by the Rev. Roy Reynolds, visiting minister.

16 APRIL – Not Just a Rolling Stone According to the gospel story of the first Easter, Mary Magdalene found the stone rolled away and was the first to see Jesus after his resurrection. What stones must be rolled away before we see life in a different way? Service led by Myrna Adams West, Lay Minister Emerita.

23 APRIL – Earth-Water-Flower Day Honoring the Earth and its water in continuous movement from living to nonliving and back again reminds us to be mindful of how our actions may change the waters of earth. It is water’s movement from air to soil to roots and stems that make the flowers, the promise of a next generation.  With our annual flower ceremony, everyone is invited to bring a flower to share. Service led by Green Sanctuary Team

30 APRIL – Life’s Not Fair; Change is Hard: We Must Begin Transforming our lives and transforming our community requires more than good intentions. Converting intentions into actions requires an individual to discover a path, then find the courage to take it. Service led by UUFA member, the Honorable Judge David Sweat.

 

Cause of the Month – April 2017 

During our worship services we collect an offering for UUFA’s Social Action ‘Cause of the Month’. This month we share the offering with the Upper Oconee Watershed Network.

Worship in May

Theme for the month of May – Revelation

7 MAY – Have You Heard Any Good Messages, Lately  The monthly theme of Revelation will be looked at through the stories behind the founding of the Abundant LUUv Ministry, in the Southwest neighborhoods of Atlanta.  Rev. Duncan Teague is leading this plant of a new Unitarian Universalist community. Teague feels this revelation must be fulfilled, and that we all are receiving messages that could benefit our movement. Are we listening?

14 MAY – (Badass) Kindred Spirits  Two women, one miraculously a mother, one not, connect across cultures and generations. Rev. Marti Keller discovered the Mexican artist and cultural icon Frida Kahlo — as did many millions of moviegoers — in 2002 when the Hollywood biopic drama was released. As a film and theater critic, she was captivated by the fine performances and innovative production. And after a lifetime of dutiful adulation of New England Unitarian women heroines such as Margaret Fuller, Susan B. Anthony and Louisa May Alcott, the colorfulness and contradictions of Frida sparked a constant fascination that has taken the UU minister to museums, galleries, street vendors, tattoo shops, and internet sites all over the world. Why Frida and who are our Fridas today?  Her talk will encompass just some of her findings from a year, more or less, devoted to the study and sometimes emulation of Frida Kahlo. Please consider bringing objects associated with your own fandom idols. 

21 MAY – Morgan Watson, Director of Religious Education, IG service

28 MAY – Progressive Revelation   What is progressive revelation?  God’s words are God’s words, why do we need changes? Why doesn’t He just tell us everything, so we will know it all?!  Why do all these religions seem so different, yet are so similar?   The core teaching in the Bahá’í Faith is that religious truth is revealed by God progressively and cyclically over time through a series of divine Messengers, and that the teachings are given to us to meet the needs of the time of their appearance. The service is led by Sohayl Moshtael of the Baha’is of Oconee County.

 

NOTE: Schedule/time change:  Beginning on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14, 2017, we begin our summer schedule of one worship service at 10:30 am.

For the 2016-17 program year, Forums will be held on the second and third Sundays of each month from 10:05-10:50 in the UUFA Fellowship Hall.