Sunday, September 21, 9:15 & 11:15am
“Let Us Return”
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
The Jewish High Holidays have at their center the notion of teshuva, or return: the sense of making atonement so that we might restore the balance of relationship between ourselves and each other and our sense of the holy. How we ask and give forgiveness will be the focus of our 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.
Read Rev. Ward’s latest Minister’s Musings, posted on our monthly newsletter page under the title “Columns from the Board President & Senior Staff.”
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.
To read Rev. Bovee-Kemper’s biography, click here.
Creating Home (audio)
Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, Associate Minister
The words of our closing song include the phrase, “may the pure light within you/guide your way home.” The first time I heard that song was my first Sunday as your second minister, and I felt I’d found a home among you. Three years later, our ministry together continues to evolve. This sermon explores the meaning of home, and how we create it together. Click on the sermon title to listen.
The theme for September is PROMISE
What Does It Meant To Be A People of Promise?
There is power in a promise. Maybe the greatest power of all. This is arguably the most foundational claim of our faith. It is common for UUs to say we were born inherently good and powerful rather than inherently weak and depraved. What is not so common is remembering that this capacity for strength and goodness is rooted in our ability to make promises. Whereas other religious traditions focus on confession or right belief, we've always placed our hope in the act of making and keeping commitments. (Click on PROMISE to continue reading.)
(S) Sanctuary, (SH) Sandburg Hall, (RE) Religious Education Classrooms, (JH) Jefferson House, (23) 23 Edwin Place