Speaker: Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson
Steven Epperson is the Parish minister.
These past three months, as perhaps never in our lifetime, have revealed the problem of “individualism” and the necessity of community and regard for the “other.” It’s been an ongoing tension within our religion as well as our society. Have we, will we be transformed by this shared experience?
We may be surprised to learn that the child’s right to play is asserted in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Do we underestimate the role that “play” has, not only for kids, but for adults as well? We’ll explore the power of play and its importance for healthy growing up, creativity, and satisfaction in the project of our lives.
And now, for something completely different!
Rev. Epperson’s nineteen-year ministry with UCV is drawing nearly to an end. In this worship service, he will answer (almost) any question you’d like to pose to him. Questions could range from theology to thoughts about Canada, his ministry at UCV, and the future of our congregation, to matters of a more personal nature. You can send in your questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or relay them directly at the time of the service to our volunteer tech crew. Who knows what we’ll hear as Steven prepares to wrap things up at 49th and Oak?
The Flower Communion is a central rite for Unitarians around the world. Here at UCV, we celebrate it along with Mother’s Day—a time to welcome how our contributions to mentoring/parenting/mothering enable our children and young people to grow up and flourish as adults. In preparation for this years livestreamed service, be sure to bring a flower or blossoms from bush or tree into your home/apartment to share on-line with our congregation. We’ll let you know as the service proceeds how we can all participate in this beautiful ritual of community and the season of Spring.
Across millennia and cultures, many myths and stories share a common theme and structure: transformative journeys taken by unlikely heroes. A feature in these stories is the crossing of a threshold from ordinary to extraordinary realms. Are we living a hero’s journey right now during these strange and trying times? Join Rev. Steven Epperson and our DRE, Kiersten Moore, for this all-congregation worship service.
While grateful for technologies that keep us virtually connected, we miss and need the sensation and experience of being able to reach out and touch each other. When we touch someone or something, we are exposed to what we touch and more deeply responsive to others and our world. Let’s hope that social distancing and virtual connection will soon give way so that we’ll return more fully to the realm of the physical and not lose our sense of touch.
Emily Carr’s extraordinary story and art make for a fine way to celebrate the themes of Easter. We’re going to try a grand experiment: pre-recording scenes of the pageant acted by UCV congregants and families from different locations and then stitching them together with original music and Carr’s glorious artwork. Join us for this home-made Easter celebration.
Can I just come out and say it? This is a pledge drive sermon. The challenge and glory of every Unitarian congregation is that we define, govern and finance ourselves. We know these are unprecedented, uncertain times. As well, we trust each other and trust that we have a future together as a congregation—no matter what (!)—dedicated to spiritual growth, the search for truth and meaning, mutual support, and social justice. It’s real. It’s us. Let’s celebrate that and give generously to our 2020-21 pledge drive to support the work and vision of our beloved congregation so that our journey may continue.
We hope the likes of this will never come again: socially distanced, self-isolated, and worried about family, colleagues, and finances in this virus-haunted, dear world of ours. As well, we may have discovered that we (and our children!)—being cooped up, not going to work and school—have more time on our hands than we ever dreamed possible. That may be a good thing, or/and we may be going just about nuts with boredom. (I’ve heard this from a number of people.) Is there anything good about boredom? Are we finding novel, meaningful, and even fun ways to deal with it? Let’s find out.
Join us for week three of our live-streamed Sunday worship services: https://ucv.im/live (On Sunday morning this link will connect directly to the 11am live stream. Until we go live, it connects to recordings of past live services).
We’ll sing, light a chalice, “greet” one another, share a story and see if there’s an upside to being bored.
“The best way out is always through.” (Robert Frost)
Please Note: The pulpit exchange with Rev. Ron Phares has been rescheduled and will happen at a later date.