We barely talk about them and seldom know their names, yet plants give life to the Earth by producing the atmosphere that surrounds us and the oxygen that animates us. There would be no “interdependence of all things” without them. Spring has just arrived—time to give plants their due.
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Steven Epperson
Steven Epperson is the Parish minister.
The ages-long experience of the Great Mother is the foundation of cultures all over the world: she was nature, she was the earth and she was the unseen dimension of soul or spirit. In the Hebrew Scriptures, wisdom is portrayed as a woman and as the tree of life, representing all women—discerning what goes on in day to day life and as wisdom-carriers of all humanity. Join us for this celebration of International Women’s Day and our journey with wisdom.
We have wisdom in our uncertainty and in our growth. Each of us knows more than we know, and each of us changes in every cell, every stretch of muscle and mind. What is the meaning we give to our own lives? How are we growing and changing? There is so much wisdom—young and old—in this community. Join us for this all-congregation worship service.
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.
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.