Sunday, May 31, 10am (First Single-Service Sunday!)
Dr. Milton Crotts, Music Director
This service of music will celebrate the many gifts that our UUCA members share with the congregation as well as a diverse assortment of musical guests. Our Annual Meeting, where we elected representatives to the board and other offices and approve our budget for the coming year, will follow directly after the service.
Rev. Ward offers spiritual leadership and a pastoral presence for the congregation and is chiefly responsible for its worship life. He also acts as chief of staff and oversees management of the congregation’s ministries. He was called as Lead Minister of UUCA in 2004.
To read Rev. Ward’s biography, click here.
Rev. Bovee-Kemper oversees the congregation’s pastoral, social justice, and membership ministries, working with the Lead Minister to provide a pastoral presence for the congregation. She works with the Earth & Social Justice Ministry to advocate and witness on issues of importance to the congregation, including hunger in Buncombe County, full equality for LGBTQ persons, and fair treatment for migrants. She also leads worship monthly. Rev. Lisa was hired as Assistant Minister of UUCA in 2011 and was called as our Associate Minister in 2014.
To read Rev. Bovee-Kemper’s biography, click here.
Read our weekly Staff & President Reflections blog!
Fake It ‘Til You Make It (text & audio)
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
It was the summer after my first year in seminary, and I was sitting at the bedside of a man roughly my age who had just undergone heart bypass surgery. I had never met this man before. His room was merely on the floor that I had been assigned to as a hospital chaplaincy student. Seminary training generally requires that each student take a unit in what is called “clinical pastoral education” to help them prepare for the visits they’ll be making as ministers later on. This was mine. Click on the title to continue reading and/or to listen...
Be careful this month. The theme of delight is deceptive. One could easily see this is a way to end the year “on a light note.” But there’s deep work for us to do with this topic.
It’s hard to believe that our Unitarian Universalist fore-bearers had to fight for delight. Over the years–and continuing today–there have been many religious systems that begin with the idea that this world is broken, a place of misery and pain, toil and struggle. Our job is to survive it, indeed transcend it, through sacrifice, confession of our own brokenness, and an industrious Protestant work ethic. Delight was reserved for a time far off, a heaven granted to those who earned it. Click on the title (DELIGHT) to continue reading...
(S) Sanctuary, (SH) Sandburg Hall, (RE) Religious Education Classrooms, (JH) Jefferson House, (23) 23 Edwin Place