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.
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.
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)
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.
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
Feeling awe is a foundation for what makes us human and a source of what enables individual spirituality and religion to be enduring and vital in our lives. We’ll raise up the experience of awe through ritual, music, and parable.
Karen Bartlett and Mary Bennett created a temporary labyrinth and led a worship service 20 years ago. This summer they will reflect on their continuing interest. They’ll share the history of the two labyrinths on our site and invite you to use labyrinths as meditation and as metaphor.
As Women’s History month comes to an end, we’ll be looking at two significant women: Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley—mother and daughter—and the extraordinary legacy of their lives and writing. Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Women, 1792, was a ground-breaking work that resonates today; Shelley’s Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus, 1818, written when she was eighteen years old…well, we all know about that one, don’t we?
Even without being intentionally spiritual, the kind of attention to language that poetry requires can help readers focus on worlds without and within. As with all art, this can lead us to unsuspected discoveries and empathy.
Christopher Levenson is a UCV member, award-winning poet, translator, and author of eleven books of poetry. Chalice Choir sings.
It’s the season of Samhain/Halloween/Day of the Dead. For the thirteenth 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.