Sunday, October 1: Rev. Bill Zelazny

Forming and Expressing Our Core Beliefs

We Unitarian Universalists find our religious beliefs by direct experience of mystery and wonder, words and deeds of prophetic women and men, and wisdom from the world’s religion. This Sunday Bill will explore how we develop and express our personal theology which, borrowing the title of a book of prayers by A. Powel Davies, he sees as our Language of the Heart.

Bill will be offering a three part class, Building Your Own Theology” on October 11, 25 and November 8 to explore this topic of developing and expressing our personal theology about the “Big Questions” of life such as what is holy, sin and salvation, death and immortality, how do we account for evil. Sign up for the class during coffee hour at The Learning Center Table.

Sunday, October 8: Rev Bill Zelazny & Judith Porter

Our Pet Companions and What They Teach Us About Life

In honor of Francis of Assisi who was born on October 4th, Judy Porter and Bill will look at how our pets influence our lives and what they teach us about living and dying.

As part of our Time of Sharing on October 8, members and friends of the congregation who would like to remember or honor a family pet, living or dead, will be invited to place a photograph of the pet on our “Pet Honor Table” at the front of the church.

Sunday, October 15: A secular sermon by Robert M. Thorson

We Have Taken Up His Ideas

For many, Henry David Thoreau, was just another dead white male author who wrote about Nature and contributed to America’s literary canon. For some contemporary UUs, he was a prophetic voice for what we now believe. “We have taken up his ideas,” preached the Reverend Howard Dana earlier this summer at First Parish Unitarian Church in Concord, Massachusetts. “Because he would not come to us, we had to come to him.”

Sunday, October 22: Jeannette Bessinger

Reclaiming Love’s Fierceness in Times of Crisis

An exploration of the “dark mother” energy missing from Christian theology

When disaster hits – hurricanes, fires, threats – and we face our darkest moments of loss and pain, we often feel trapped, not only by the circumstances but by a paralysis of denial and fear for our future. In the heart of times like these, we have a powerful opportunity for spiritual and emotional liberation.

When we’re feeling the most stuck, we can call on a kind of Fierce Love to help cut through the illusions that keep us trapped in pain and anxiety. This Fierce Love, embodied as different versions of a “dark mother” in many world faiths and mythologies – Kali, Hecate, Persephone – is largely absent from the Christian tradition, and not easily available to us. Through her, we’ll explore how the deepest darkness can lead to the brightest light.

Sunday, October 29: Rev. Bill Zelazny

A Look at God

Let’s walk into some challenging territory for many Unitarian Universalists. Continuing with October’s theme of theological issues for UUs, this Sunday Bill will spend some time talking about the concept of God.