Fearing “internal subversion” of the standing order in Great Britain, William Pitt’s government determined to crush domestic opponents by any means necessary; many victims of this campaign were Unitarians—women and men—members of a brilliant generation of imaginative writers and public intellectuals. We will find out who these people were, the challenges they faced and what was lost when a government turned on its own citizens.
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson
Steven Epperson is the Parish minister.
The type of music we call “the blues” arose from one of the most profound and neglected stories that occurred on this continent. We’ll learn about that story and what makes “the blues” unique and unforgettable: music filled with melancholy, rage, longing, beauty and endurance. (One way to acknowledge Black History Month)
Resilience is usually defined as the capacity to adapt to stressful circumstances and to bounce back from adverse events. We know it’s an important trait for individuals—who wouldn’t want to be a resilient person? But what about resilience in community with others, a resilient Unitarian congregation? Join us for a lively exploration of what it takes to experience and promote resilience in our community of faith.
Using religion as a moral cover for shoddy thinking and bad behaviour is not new to our age; it’s a complaint thousands of years old. So why bring it up now? It may be worth considering why we’re still ‘religious’ and what we’re religious for. Should anyone care? And speaking of which, where are the “millennials” (and others)?
Spread across continents and centuries, the story of Unitarianism is vast, maddening and thrilling. We’ll explore its main outlines, themes, characters, and issues. All in one worship service? Let’s see what we can do; I think it will be worth it—a story that we can understand, value and carry with us on our journey.
What is art for? How do we value it? Can it be a source of spiritual regeneration? Inspired by Lewis Hyde’s The Gift, this service will consider how gifts of art (and other things) pass from hand-to-hand and how that act may enliven the work, the artist, and those who receive it. We’ll take a special look at the art and story of Canadian artist Mary Riter Hamilton.
We celebrate the turning of the seasons and the many festivities of December in this, our annual Candlelight service. Join us for this joyful event featuring holiday poems, prose, and music. A great event for all—whether we come alone or in the company of family and friends.
A light, potluck follows in Hewett Hall—bring a holiday dish to share.
So often, we struggle for things to stay the same—relationships, jobs, identity; and for good reason—letting go is hard. We cling to what is and often fear the unknown of what may be. As the season of Autumn winds down and Winter approaches, are there things we can learn from Nature and each other about accepting and embracing change?
Ursula LeGuin was one of the literary greats of the 20th century, a wise, radical trailblazer who, across more than 50 books—novels, poetry, translations and criticism—expanded and deepened the boundaries of science fiction and fantasy literature. This service will feature an exploration of one of her greatest works—The Farthest Shore.
“I look forward to sharing it with you.” Steven Epperson