It’s the season of Samhain/Halloween/Day of the Dead. For the fifteenth time, we summon eminent ancestors from our Unitarian Universalist history to experience their stories. Join us to welcome these visitors from the past: an occasion to reckon our good fortune as heirs of an amazing religious tradition.
Join us for a Celebration of UN Sunday and the opportunity to meet and hear from this year’s John Gibbard Award winner. “The goal of world community with peace, liberty and justice for all.” We still affirm this principle and extend our support for the vision and effective work of the UN.
On this Thanksgiving Sunday, let’s imagine what belonging may look and feel like. We want to be welcoming, but sometimes in our actions and words, we may create a sense of non-belonging. In this month of belonging, may we work hard to make our actions and words reflect our hope and promise that all are welcome.
We celebrate BC/World River’s Day by paying our respects to Canada’s official emblem and symbol of our nation’s sovereignty—Castor canadensis: the beaver. We may think they’re just cute (or a nuisance), but the fact is beavers sculpted our landscapes and provided flourishing habitat to myriad life forms; they are one of Nature’s keystone species. Hounded to near extinction at the end of the 19th century, they’re making a significant comeback and we’ll explore just why that’s so important.
How do we console one another? Where do we go and what does it look like? In times of job precarity, shocks to health, loss of a loved one, a planet heating up—more than ever we need one another and honest words and deeds of solidarity and solace.
We celebrate the in-gathering of our congregation and the beginning of its 2019-20 year with our annual Water Communion. Please bring some water from your summer experiences, as well as an object like a photo, seashell, stone, or feather, that’s special to you. We’ll fill our common bowl and create an altar.
(Image: print from Four Elements series by Joanne Brown; used with permission)
As we prepare for this season of warm days and journeys near and far, we’ll look back at the road we’ve traveled this year in the life of our congregation and the road ahead. What do we carry in our hearts and hands – what dreams and dreads, what gifts and griefs, what hope?
We’re a congregation of both “diverse beliefs” and “shared values.” A value we share is stated in our First Principle: Our commitment to the inherent worth and dignity of every person. In this service, we’ll take a look at the role this principle plays in our Unitarian congregations, its enduring importance for our religion and for our troubled, beautiful world.
Many good reasons gather us as a Unitarian congregation. A principal reason is for the experience of belonging – of being seen, known, and appreciated by others and participating in something of value and meaning – something larger than our individual selves. Join us for a celebration of community and in recognition of all the good volunteer service that happens at UCV.
An all-congregational worship led by Rev. Epperson, the UCV children and the Chalice Choir.
Each year, our worship services feature classic elements of water, earth, and fire as means for celebrating our communion as a congregation. We share feelings and thoughts together in fellowship when we bring water in September, flowers on Mother’s Day and when we kindle flames on the last Sunday of the year. Today, we bring air, the fourth element to our service. Come prepared to breathe.