When speaking of Rebirth, one could be referring to reincarnation (being reborn - after death - into a new body), or a spiritual rebirth of being “born again” during this lifetime. There are also the terms ‘revival’ and ‘renaissance,’ both of which have roots in other languages that mean returning to life or going through a second birth. Our speakers for January will share their interpretations of the concept and meaning of Rebirth as it applies to our times and our lives. Join is for what promises to be an interesting and thought-provoking exploration.
“Like the butterfly, you will also go through stages of change, rebirth, and new beginnings for transformation and renewal.” Susan C. Young
Change is frightening to some of us; we put a lot of effort into avoiding it like the plague. Others find Change to be exciting, enlivening, an adventure. But regardless of our feelings, Change is an inevitable part of Life, a virtual Law of Nature.
Think about one thing you have changed in your life, or about a time when things changed and you had no control over the changes. How did you deal with it? What tools or skills did you use? Come this month to hear what our speakers have to share about Change.
You may learn to “be the change you wish to see.”
Our Worship theme for March is Voice. March is also Women’s History Month.
In UU history, there are many women of courage and substance who have given “voice” to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless.
From Anne Bradstreet in the 1600’s, to Dorothea Dix, Clara Barton, Emily Dickinson in the 1800’s, Margaret Sanger in the 1900’s, and to Sylvia Plath, the voices of Unitarian women have spoken out for abolition, women’s rights, equality and justice in all its many forms.
Today women’s voices are making a difference in the world again. Join us with our speakers in March to learn about voice, the voice of reason, your inner voice, “the still small voice” whatever your gender.
“Be a Voice, Not an Echo.” Anon.
We can trust ourselves to know when our boundaries are being violated. Melody Beattie
Love, having no geography, knows no boundaries.
Boundaries are to protect life, not to limit pleasures.
Edwin Louis Cole
Right knows no boundaries, and justice no frontiers.
Art transcends cultural boundaries.
Do you know what your Boundaries are?
Do they help you? Or cause you trouble?
Did you create them? Or inherit them?
Join us this month to explore the issue of Boundaries.
Hope has been called our greatest weakness and our greatest strength.
Barack Obama said “Hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists….
that something better awaits us as long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.”
Desmond Tutu agrees, saying “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
Let’s hear what our speakers have to say about Hope this month.
Inclusion is a significant concept – a big word in terms of its meaning. We all probably have an idea of what the word means, but do we really think of the depth of the meaning? We include secret ingredients in our favorite recipes, we include second cousins on our holiday card list, we include exercise in our weekly schedules. That simply means those things are a part of the whole we have added them to.
On a deeper level, in human terms, when we are inclusive we incorporate someone into the group as an important and integral part. As UUs we are committed to affirming the worth and dignity of every person, and we strive for inclusivity. This month our speakers will address “inclusion,” each from his or her unique perspective. Join us to expand your understanding.
Liberation is the act of setting someone free from imprisonment or bondage.
Sometimes the someone who is set free, or needs to be, is yourself.
Join us in July to hear our speakers’ discussing this fascinating and multi-faceted topic.
Our lives involve the use of symbols on a continuing basis. We communicate with symbols (words). We navigate with symbols (signs and maps). We study and learn with symbols (letters and numbers). And we worship with symbols.
This month we will explore the use and meaning of symbols/symbology in our lives and our faith. What symbols are meaningful to us as UUs? What symbols are part of your daily life? Join us on Sundays in August to dig into this topic.
"Personal transformation can and does have global effects.
As we go, so goes the world, for the world is Us."
Transformation comes in many forms – physical, emotional, philosophical. It can be superficial, like a coat of paint, or deep and lasting. Experiences can be transformational; relationships can transform a person; and religion has long been a medium of apparent transformation. Join us on Sunday mornings in September to explore the topic of transformation in your own life.
The state of having knowledge or understanding; The "full comprehension of a situation." The independent use of reason to gain insight into the true nature of our world. In Buddhism: the awakening to ultimate truth; In the Western world the concept of enlightenment in a religious context has acquired a romantic meaning. It has become synonymous with self-realization.
Join us on Sundays in October and be Enlightened!