Sundays

Due to COVID-19 we will be holding our Worship Services and Drop-In Discussions (mostly) online for the foreseeable future. We will hold on-line services each Sunday at 10:30am (our regular worship time). 

10am Summer Services begin on July 4th!

Sunday Service Link: https://zoom.us/j/131764422

If you are dialing in to listen to our service via phone,
here is the info you need to connect!

Meeting ID: 131 764 422
Dial: +1 646 558 8656


Our Sunday services begin at 10:30am.
Our Drop-In Discussions are now held virtually on Tuesday evenings.
Upcoming Services

June 2021

June 6| The 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism

Out of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism, a new 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism is being proposed, "We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.” Let's talk about why this principle is important to our broader movement and to our church.  

 — Rev. Lane Campbell

 

June 13 | Addiction and Community

So many in our congregation and beyond have been touched by addiction. And too many have suffered alone. Where do we find connection to a community of folks who understand? How can this church be a place to speak openly and tenderly about our experiences with addiction?

— Rev. Lane Campbell

June 20 | The Lessons of the Flowers, The Lessons of a Year

Join in First Universalist's annual observance of the flower communion, a time to celebrate the diversity of our community and to honor the seasons. This year's flower communion also falls on Summer Solstice. Come, bring a flower for our first hybrid, in-person, outdoor and online service at the Riverbend Shelter in Genesee Valley Park. If the weather is not good, services will be held entirely virtually.

— Rev. Lane Campbell

**IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THIS SERVICE IN PERSON, PLEASE REGISTER BEFORE ATTENDING** This is to aid us in contract tracing.

Register here: https://forms.gle/M3yRxJNG3nDR4VJ27

June 27 | Sunday Morning Worship for General Assembly

Join in worship with thousands of UUs across the country during our annual gathering of congregations, General Assembly. Worship will be led by the ministry team of First Universalist Church in Minneapolis, showcasing innovation and collaboration. This service happens on a different link than our weekly worship services, so keep an eye out for an email with the link to connect. Or feel free to join here: https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2021/sunday-worship

July 2021

July 4| Preemptively Mad at the Garbage Ma

Researchers have found that the majority of our thoughts are negative. We spend a lot of time fretting over the past, or worrying about the future. But is there another mental  place we can get stuck? Can our minds merge the past with the future to create fresh misery for us? 

 — Peter House

 

July 11 | Greedy and Needy

Are these attributes you seek in a friend? Could you possibly possess these qualities yourself? We will explore the ways we may unintentionally and unnecessarily strain our friendships. 

— Peter House

July 18 | A Celebration of the Queer, the Outcast, and the Community

Join First Universalist for our annual Pride Sunday service.  This year, we explore how Pride is a celebration of those usually on the margins and a community formed out of rejection, chosen family, and the deep need for connection. Bring your rainbow t-shirts and PRIDE gear.  This will be a hybrid outdoor and on-line worship service, with the in-person component at the Riverband Shelter in Genesee Valley Park and the on-line component over Zoom.  Happy PRIDE!

— Rev. Lane Campbell

**IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND THIS SERVICE IN PERSON, PLEASE REGISTER BEFORE ATTENDING** This is to aid us in contract tracing.

Register here: https://forms.gle/M3yRxJNG3nDR4VJ27

July 25 | Pandemic Freedom

2020 was a year like no other. It gave us an opportunity to re-evaluate how we spend our time. Do we want everything to go back to the way it was? Was less busyness a gift in disguise?

— Peter House

August 2021

August 1| The Upside to Being a Sucker 

Nice guys often get taken advantage of, and business coaches recommend always looking out for “number 1”. But is there an upside to being a sucker? A sucker will give you his answer to this question. 

 — Peter House

 

August 8| Where Has All the Nuance Gone?

We are bombarded with messages about how divided our nation is. Indeed, we all know people with whom it seems we can barely speak without arguing. Why is this? Have we all lost our ability to see nuance?

— Peter House

August 15 | TBA

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— Rev. Michelle Yates

August 22 | TBA

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— Rev. Lane Campbell and Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan

August 29 | Mind your Own SNAP Card

All around us, there seems to be a shortage of workers. People are blaming enhanced unemployment benefits for making our neighbors “lazy”.  Can we look at things from the other side? 

*First Universalist has a long-standing tradition of having one Sunday sermon a month be presented by someone other than our minister. Our lay-led services give our minister well-deserved unscheduled time, as well as allowing us to share our individual spiritual journeys, experiences and diverse world views, which is an important part of our rich Unitarian Universalist heritage.

Our Monthly Worship Themes

Each month we explore a specific theme in our Sunday Worship services, Midweek Meditations, and occasional Drop-In Discussions.

Explore with us this church year!

 

2020-2021 Church Year

July: N/A

August: N/A

September: Opening the Heart

October: Grief
November: Authenticity
December: Care of Self, Care of Soul
January: Connection
February: Embodiment
March: Dreams Deferred
April: The Unknown
May: Joy
June: Community

2021-2022 Church Year

July: TBA

August: TBA

September: TBA

October: TBA

November: TBA

December: TBA

January: TBA

February: TBA

March: TBA

April: TBA

May: TBA

June: TBA

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