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.
Topic: Arts and Creativity
Arts and creativity topics such as poetry, theatre, visual arts etc.
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?
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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.
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May 27 2018 - Poetry And Belief (331.7 KiB)
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.
Continuing in the spirit of our Thanksgiving season, in word, music and art, we’ll share thoughts and feelings about the things we are grateful for and the power of life we enjoy.
We welcome all ages to this worship service.
Have you noticed the invitations to sacred circle dancing and wondered what it’s all about? Mairy and Mary will share how circle dance became an important part of their spiritual journeys.
A group of Unitarians will demonstrate some of the dances to songs from Singing the Living Tradition. During the service, you’ll be invited to sing or tap your toes or dance in the aisles.
Our mantra in circle dance is: There are no wrong steps, only variations. All variations are welcome – even two left feet.
Click below to see the text of our two talks and additional information.
Pianist: Eric Wyness
Soloist: Nicola Hamilton
Certainty is comforting. When things are certain, we know what to expect, how to react. And then, of course, life happens. Tricksters are boundary-crossers, game changers, the epitome of unexpectedness.
What can they teach us about making mistakes, getting dirty, and the sacred role of laughter in our creative spiritual work?
Speaker: Leonie Armstrong
Pianist: Eric Wyness
Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865) was a widely popular mid-Victorian novelist who was also a strong Unitarian. She lived most of her adult life in Manchester, cradle of the industrial revolution and notorious battle-ground between unions and mill-owners.
Her two novels set in Manchester, Mary Barton and North and South, (click for free e-book) are unique in Victorian fiction in depicting the workers with absolute equality, in showing how they practice mutual aid, and in letting her working-class characters make strong arguments for the right of unions to strike.
She was convinced that social problems can be resolved through dialogue based on equality.
Pianist: Nicola Hamilton
Read the Sermon: ElizabethGaskell_MasonHarris_July2017
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People of all ages loved the Library Lion story.
When Katie retired from the ministry and started art quilting, she was struck by the details of her creative process and how moving from words to visual art was both similar and different. And then she realized that creativity – and the risk-taking necessary – leads to a more interesting and satisfying life.
Rev. Katie Stein Sather has ministered at several congregations in Canada and the US. Since retiring from active ministry five years ago, she focuses on paddling and textile art. She has paddled the ultra-marathon canoe race, the 717 km. Yukon River Quest, three times.
Rev. Katie Stein Sather
Speaker: Diane Brown