Worship in June

Theme for the month of June — Adventure

4 JUNE — Mutuality: The Heart of the Matter  How shall we dwell together in community? In society? How shall we be together in all of our relations? These questions keep bubbling up and foisting themselves upon us. This Sunday we’ll enter these questions, ever-seeking to create love.  Service led by guest minister, the Rev. Roy Reynolds.

11 JUNE — The Journey, Not the Destination: Spirituality Through the Adventure of Travel  Travel can open the doors of perception and allow new sights and sounds to bring us to a type of meditation. The poetry and photography of Clela and Lee Reed illustrate how habituated perception is cleansed by journey. Yet ultimately, life itself, even daily life, is the greatest adventure of all. Service led by UUFA members, Lee Reed and Clela Reed

18 JUNE — I’m Not Lost, I’m Exploring Michelle and Jim consider Proust’s oft-paraphrased take on travel, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new sights, but in looking with new eyes.” Service led by UUFA members, Jim Leebens-Mack and Michelle Leebens-Mack, Lay Minister, Emerita

25 JUNE — Monks on the Move Travel is monasticism on the move.  On the road travel companions, Marguerite Holmes & Rosemary Woodel, often live more simply (even when staying in a luxury hotel), with no more possessions than they can carry, and surrendering themselves to chance and adventure in order to rescue the humanity of places and save them from abstraction and ideology.  Service led by UUFA members, Marguerite Holmes and Rosemary Woodel

The theme for the month of July is — Roots & Wings

2 JULY — Do Values Matter? A Sharing Service Dr. David Jarrett will facilitate our annual sharing service. This is the service in which members of the congregation participate actively instead of listening to one speaker giving a message. The theme for the service is “Do Values Matter?” What values are the most important to you? Which values does this congregation actually live by, as shown by our actions, rather than just our words? How about this nation? What should be the most important values for our country? Do values really matter?  Please bring a reading or quote, poem or song related to this topic to share with the congregation during the service (about 5 minutes per person). We depend on you to make this a meaningful service each time, and our congregation has never disappointed.  Service led by member Dr. David Jarrett, with BlUUgrass Folks.

9 July — Embracing Vulnerability  We are hard wired for connection and have a deep need for love and belonging. The key to this emotional depth and the courage to risk new experiences rests in our ability to be vulnerable; an uncomfortable concept for many of us. Following the work of Brene Brown, we  explore how to embrace vulnerability in our lives.  Service led by members Kate Blane and Dan Everette.

16 July — UUA General Assembly Recap  Service led by members Karen Solheim

23 July — Three of the young adults involved with the UUFA will present their takes on the idea of “roots and wings,” the theme for the month. Rebecca Vander Plaats is an Athens native who has returned home after leaving for a while; Molly Williams has lived in many places during her lifetime, but feels a real call to put down some roots in Athens; Chase White feels that the UUFA is a place that gives him both roots and wings. They’ll have interesting tales to tell! Service is led by young adult members

30 July — Roots Hold Me Close; Wings Set Me Free, Service led by Melanie Hennings & Marco Messori with Nicolo & Maddalena

Sunday morning Forums are on hiatus now and will resume in September.  The 2017-2018 schedule is TBD.