Sunday, July 23, 10am (Single Service Sunday)
Rev. Erika Hewitt, Guest Minister
What does Unitarian Universalism say about brokenness (pain, suffering, injustice) and wholeness (reconciliation, peace, health)? If you examine different religious traditions, you’ll be surprised by what you find… and you’ll discover reasons to be proud, comforted, and enlivened by our UU theology — especially as it relates to justice.
Rev. Erika Hewitt divides her ministry between a small parish on the coast of Maine, a large number of weddings, and the UUA’s WorshipWeb, which Erika oversees.
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: The Vulnerable Community (audio only)
Rev. Jake Morrill
The Vulnerable Community
For over a century, the transcending vision of the liberal faith has often been put in terms of 'The Beloved Community,' a condition of justice and inclusion popularized by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is described in bright, aspirational terms, as the alleviation of suffering. Can we imagine a vision that doesn't erase what has formed us, but transforms it? Can we imagine a day of acceptance, just as we are? On this Sunday, using the text from when Jesus encounters a woman at the well, let's reflect on the vision of the vulnerable community, forged in radical trust.
Rev. Jake Morrill has served as Minister of the Oak Ridge UU Church, in East Tennessee, since 2003. He is also the Executive Director of the UU Christian Fellowship. Jake was formerly a Chaplain in the US Army Reserve and served on the UUA Board. He looks forward to preaching again at UUCA! Click on the title to continue.
“In my own worst seasons I’ve come back from the colorless world of despair by forcing myself to look hard, for a long time, at a single glorious thing: a flame of red geranium outside my bedroom window. And then another: my daughter in a yellow dress. And another: the perfect outline of a full, dark sphere behind the crescent moon. Until I learned to be in love with my life again. Like a stroke victim retraining new parts of the brain to grasp lost skills, I have taught myself joy, over and over again.”
- Barbara Kingsolver Click on title to read more.
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