Sunday, October 22, 9:15 & 11:15 am
What It is to Serve
Joe Jencks, Guest Performer
Too often, the experience of Military Veterans is overlooked in conversations of social justice. In our struggle to challenge an exploitive system while honoring the sacrifice of individuals within that system many disappear from our consciousness. But, veteran’s justice is social justice. And as a society, we need to figure out how to help our friends, family members, and neighbors heal – not just from the physical injuries of war and violence, but also from the moral injuries that many endure during military service. Today’s service will take us on a journey in song and story through one community’s efforts to use the arts to help heal moral and spiritual injuries, and honor the lived experience of their neighbors.
Joe Jencks is an 18-year veteran of the international folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and celebrated vocalist based in Chicago. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit. He is also co-founder of the harmony trio, Brother Sun.
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.
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Sermon: Blessing of the Animals (audio only)
October 15, 2017
Blessing of the Animals
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
Animals are deeply woven into our lives, from the pets in our homes to the dinner on our plates to the wild creatures of field, sky, and seas. Today, we celebrate and bless them all and how they connect us all to our own animal nature. We invite you to bring your pets to be blessed, or if you animal friend is no longer with you or too shy for a crowd, or your love is for untamed creatures, bring a photo, or representation, or war a t-shirt or other token of your love. Click on title to continue.
Courageous people change the world. There are so many examples of that this month. October is LGBTQ history month and reminds us of the many who bravely moved (and continue to move) our world toward greater acceptance and affirmation. The revolutionary prophet of peace, Mohandas Gandhi, was born on October 2. Our Christian friends celebrate Reformation Day and Martin Luther’s courage that changed how we all think about religious authority. We rightly honor such giants. The problem is most of us aren’t that tall..click on title to read more.
(S) Sanctuary, (SH) Sandburg Hall, (RE) Religious Education Classrooms, (JH) Jefferson House, (23) 23 Edwin Place