worship / intransitive verb /: to raise that which is worthy
Our Sunday services remain the core time our community gathers together, weaving and reweaving the strands of connection, sustaining ourselves, each other, and the community, deepening our identity as a congregation. We hold one service on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM and this continues to be true whether we meet online or in-person. After our online services, which last anywhere from 45-55 minutes, we have virtual coffee (half) hour where folks attending get a chance to connect with each other in small groups.
A Sunday service – whether in-person or online — includes rituals, a story-time for all ages, singing & music, meditation/prayer, and a sermon or reflection from our Minister or guest preacher, along with a weekly collection for a charitable cause. We sing from both current Unitarian Universalist hymnals: Singing the Living Tradition and Singing the Journey. Our Music Director, Nicolas Place, uses the piano, keyboard, and voice as his primary instruments.
We believe that faith formation is for all ages and as such, we welcome children and youth to attend the whole of our Sunday services with their families. We have online faith formation offerings for families and their children. These offerings are regularly innovating and changing, based on the changing needs of families, particularly in this COVID19 era.
The second Sunday of September is our Water Ingathering service, marking the beginning of a new congregational year after a summer of creativity, rest, and higher involvement of lay person and guests. We hold our Christmas Eve service at 6:30pm. Beginning in 2019, we host a Bluest Night service in the early part of December, creating safe space to hold grief and harder feelings during this particular season. We typically recognize both Easter and Earth Day. On the second Sunday in May, we celebrate the uniquely UU ceremony called Flower Festival. There are times when the content of our services references the sources of Unitarian Universalism, including honoring our pluralist traditions of our members, paying careful attention not to practice cultural appropriation.