Upcoming Sermons

 

Sunday, June 25, 10am
James Cassara, Worship Associate
Sustaining the Creative Spark: From Childhood to Adulthood
A continuation of a talk presented last year, artist and arts educator James Cassara will explore the intersection between creativity and the “real world”, looking at ways in which we can sustain and nurture the creative spark in a world that often seems far too busy and chaotic. This will be an interactive experiment; a pair of canvases will be set up during the service, with open invitations to come down and add your own individual ideas to what James has begun. For some it may be the first time in years they’ve applied paints-which will be provided-to a surface beyond the walls of their house. Plans for the completed works are still be to determined but they will find a home that appreciates and supports them.  Come ready to be gently nudged out of your safety zone!

Sunday, July 2, 10am
Rev. Mark Ward, Lead Minister
Self Evident Truths
Before we head off to our picnics and fireworks displays let’s take some time to reflect on how the words of the Declaration of Independence still challenge us to help bring about peace and justice for all.

Sunday, July 9, 10am
Reggie Harris, Guest Presenter

Sunday, July 16, 10am
Rev. Jake Morrill, Guest Minister

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.
BIO
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!

Sunday, July 23, 10am
Rev. Erika Hewitt, Guest Minister
Breaking, Broken, Healing, Whole
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.

Sunday, July 30, 10am
Poetry Sunday
This year’s theme is the Universal Language of the Heart. Uplight the congregation with your own poem or read a favorite written by someone else. If you like you can have someone read your poem in your place. Please keep the readings to 2 minutes. Submission deadline, July 14. FYI: Sammy fong/sfong001@hotmail.com