Vespers Living with Intention & Program: Spiritual Practices- Meditation

6:30pm Vespers Leader- Rev. Cathy Harrington – Living with Intention.
7pm Program Spiritual Practice – Meditation. Facilitator: Virginia Bower

January Calendar
5
Vespers Leader: Rev Claudia

Program: Theme Talk, Rev Claudia

12
Vespers Leader: Sherry Lundquist
Program: RJAC Liberation Conversations

19
Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Spiritual Practices – Meditation, Virginia Bower

26
Vespers Leader: Joyce Hooley-Gingrich
Program: Theology Ablaze – The Question of Evil, Rev. Claudia

Vespers: Opening to Joy & Program: Liberation Conversations

6:30pm Vespers -Sherry Lundquist- As the wheel of the year turns and we move into the new year, let’s explore the idea of opening to Joy. How do we find and hold the joy in our lives when we live in a broken and wounded world?
7pm Program will provide and update on the work of the Racial Justice Advisory Council and invite us to engage in Liberation Conversations.

Vespers & Program: Living with Intention

6:30pm Vespers – Join Rev. Claudia to welcome the new year with a meditative service exploring goals vs intentions as we welcome a new year.
7:00 pm Program – We will explore this month’s theme: Living With Intention using the Soul Matters Packet.

January Calendar

5

Vespers Leader: Rev Claudia

Program: Theme Talk, Rev Claudia 

Zoom Host: Jason Smith

12

Vespers Leader: Sherry Lundquist

Program: RJAC Liberation Conversations, TBA

Zoom Host: Steve Carter

19

Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Spiritual Practices – Meditation, Virginia Bower 

Zoom Host: Steve Reines

26

Vespers Leader: Joyce Hooley-Gingrich

Program: Theology, Rev. Claudia

Zoom Host: Jess Fox

Vespers 6:30 Rekindling the Flame & Program 7:00 PM Centering Love

In the bleak and cold winter,
We gather ourselves in
To light the fire to warm our spirits,
To kindle the flame of love and hope.

~ by Cynthia Landrum.

Join Rev. Cathy for reflection and music to warm your spirits during our last Vespers service of the year. 

Program – 7 p.m. Centering Love: “Loving-Those-We-Don’t-Yet-Know.” All are welcome to join with Nancy Bragg to center our action-oriented spiritual practice of “loving-those-we-don’t-yet-know.” As UUs, justice is our love-in-action spiritual practice in our wider community.

There will be no Vespers & Program Dec 22 & 29.
We welcome 2022 with Vespers & the monthly Theme Talk Program focused on “Living with Intention” on January 5th. Join us.

Enjoy the holidays!

Vespers 6:30PM Opening to Joy/ 7:00 PM No program – an invitation to learn about UU history with Dr. Sanyika

6:30pm Vespers-“It’s not joy that makes us grateful, it’s gratitude that makes us joyful.”~David Steindi-Rost.   Join Rev. Claudia for a meditative, music Vespers exploring the connection between joy and gratitude.


7pm Program –We are not offering our own program at 7pm. Instead we are inviting you to register for an important talk by Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika offering a powerful opportunity to revisit UU history from the perspective of Black UUs. We invite you to attend the talk. The Zoom link for the Vespers service will be in Monday’s Worship eNews.

Then, the following day, Rev. Claudia will open a Zoom Room at 8pm (12/9) for those of you interested in discussing what you learned (Zoom link will be shared that Thursday in the Weekly eNews).  
 Click here to learn more about Dr. Sanyika. 

December Calendar

1 
Vespers Leader: Rev. Terry Davis

Program: Theme Talk – Rev. Claudia

Zoom Host: Steve Carter

8 
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia

No UUAvl program. An invitation to explore UU history
The Black UU Movement in the 1960’s; 7:00-9:30 PM
An invitation from the 8th Principle Project
Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrc-6rpzMsEtedgnpr3LgKNdbnAA45MAgM

Zoom Host: Jason Smith

15 
Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Spiritual Practices – Nancy Bragg

Zoom Host: Steve Reines

22 and 29 No Vespers or Program

Vespers 6:30PM “Falling Up” & Program 7:00 PM Opening to Joy

In the Disney Pixar movie Up, the end is the beginning for Carl Fredrickson, a balloon salesman who loses his beloved wife Ellie and discovers what author and Franciscan priest Richard Rohr calls “the second half of life” – one that is characterized by necessary suffering or “falling upward” to enter a deeper spirituality and a more mature understanding of the essence of living. Join Rev. Terry Davis as we explore what is meant by Rohr when he says that “the way down is the way up.”

7 PM Program: Exploring this month’s theme – Opening to Joy. Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

December Calendar

1 
Vespers Leader: Rev. Terry Davis

Program: Theme Talk – Rev. Claudia

Zoom Host: Steve Carter

8 
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia

Program: Anti-racism conversation – Exploring UU history
The Black UU Movement in the 1960’s
An invitation from the 8th Principle Project; 7:00-9:30 PM
Register here:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMrc-6rpzMsEtedgnpr3LgKNdbnAA45MAgM

Zoom Host: Jason Smith

15 
Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Spiritual Practices – Nancy Bragg

Zoom Host: Steve Reines

22 and 29 No Vespers or Program

6:30 Vespers: A Time for Gratitude & Lament

Join Rev. Claudia for a Vespers that invites us to reflect in virtual community on the joys and challenges of this past year. There will be no 7 PM program.

Looking to next month..
December Opening to Joy

1
Vespers Leader: Rev. Terry Davis

Program: Theme Talk – Rev. Claudia

Zoom Host: Steve Carter

8
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia

Program: Anti-racism conversation (TBA)

Zoom Host: Jason Smith

15
Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Spiritual Practices – Nancy Bragg

Zoom Host: Steve Reines

22 and 29 No Vespers or Program

Vespers 6:30 PM & Program 7:00 PM

Join Vespers leader Nancy Bragg for reflection on the month’s theme: Holding History
Program – Centering Love: “Loving-Those-We-Know.”
All are welcome to join with Nancy Bragg to center our action-oriented spiritual practice of “loving- those-we-know,” including our inherently worthy relatives, friends, and neighbors  – not always easy!

Wednesday Vespers & Program themes:

1st Wed.    Theme Talk or Special Program
Discussion about the monthly Soul Matters theme.

2nd Wed.    Liberation Conversations: Pursuing our Congregational Goals to practice Anti-racism. These conversations will provide updates on the work of the Racial Justice Advisory Council and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss why the work of liberation at UUAvl matters.

3rd Wed.    Spiritual Practices: Centering Love
Centering Love – Love is a core value of our UU faith. On the 3rd Wednesdays this fall at 7 p.m., we will center our spiritual practice of love-in-action with self, others, and the world. 

4th Wed.    Theology
We began with an introduction to theology: What is it? Do UUs do Theology? Future sessions will focus not theological themes: Hope, Death, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Evil, Covenant. 

November Calendar – Theme: Holding History 

3       Vespers Leader:  Rev Claudia
Program: Theme Talk, Rev Claudia

10     Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Anti-racism conversation, Noah Hall, Rev Claudia

17     Vespers Leader: Nancy Bragg
Program: Spiritual Practices, Nancy Bragg

24     Thanksgiving Vespers Leader: Rev Claudia and/or Rev. Cathy

No Program 

Vespers 6:30 PM & Liberation Conversation 7:00 PM

Join Rev. Cathy for a meditative service exploring the theme: Holding History.

7PM Liberation Conversations with Noah Hall and Rev. Claudia will continue to keep us informed about the work of the Racial Justice Advisory Council. This will be a time of listening, reflecting and learning.

Wednesday Vespers & Program themes:

1st Wed.    Theme Talk or Special Program
Discussion about the monthly Soul Matters theme.

2nd Wed.    Liberation Conversations: Pursuing our Congregational Goals to practice Anti-racism. These conversations will provide updates on the work of the Racial Justice Advisory Council and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss why the work of liberation at UUAvl matters.

3rd Wed.    Spiritual Practices: Centering Love
Centering Love – Love is a core value of our UU faith. On the 3rd Wednesdays this fall at 7 p.m., we will center our spiritual practice of love-in-action with self, others, and the world. 

4th Wed.    Theology
We began with an introduction to theology: What is it? Do UUs do Theology? Future sessions will focus not theological themes: Hope, Death, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Evil, Covenant. 

November Calendar – Theme: Holding History 

3       Vespers Leader:  Rev Claudia
Program: Theme Talk, Rev Claudia

10     Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Anti-racism conversation, Noah Hall, Rev Claudia

17     Vespers Leader: Nancy Bragg
Program: Spiritual Practices, Nancy Bragg

24     Thanksgiving Vespers Leader: Rev Claudia and/or Rev. Cathy

No Program 

Welcome to the Month of Holding History: Vespers 6:30 & Program 7PM: Theme Talk

Join Rev. Claudia for Vespers at 6:30 as we reflect on what it means to “hold history”. The 7PM theme talk will continue with the theme as we explore what happens when the history we have learned is incomplete. It may have been written by “the victors” and it is not the final word.

Wednesday Vespers & Program themes:

1st Wed.    Theme Talk or Special Program
Discussion about the monthly Soul Matters theme.

2nd Wed.    Liberation Conversations: Pursuing our Congregational Goals to practice Anti-racism. These conversations will provide updates on the work of the Racial Justice Advisory Council and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss why the work of liberation at UUAvl matters.

3rd Wed.    Spiritual Practices: Centering Love
Centering Love – Love is a core value of our UU faith. On the 3rd Wednesdays this fall at 7 p.m., we will center our spiritual practice of love-in-action with self, others, and the world.

4th Wed.    Theology
We began with an introduction to theology: What is it? Do UUs do Theology? Future sessions will focus not theological themes: Hope, Death, Forgiveness, Reconciliation, Evil, Covenant. 

November Calendar – Theme: Holding History 

3       Vespers Leader:  Rev Claudia
Program: Theme Talk, Rev Claudia

10     Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Anti-racism conversation, Noah Hall, Rev Claudia

17     Vespers Leader: Nancy Bragg
Program: Spiritual Practices, Nancy Bragg

24     Thanksgiving Vespers Leader: Rev Claudia and/or Rev. Cathy

No Program 

Vespers 6:30 PM: Cultivating Relationship with Bernise Lynch & Program 7:00 PM: Theology 101 with Rev. Claudia

Join Bernise Lynch for 6:30 Vespers exploring this month’s theme: cultivating relationship.  Learn how one Zulu word could change our world

At 7:00 PM join Rev. Claudia in the launch of our second year exploring theology. This first session will offer an introduction to theology and explore its role in our non-creedal faith. Is it true that “UUs don’t do theology?”

Wednesday Vespers & Program themes:

1st Wed.    Theme Talk or Special Program
Discussion about the monthly Soul Matters theme.

2nd Wed.    Liberation Conversations: Pursuing our Congregational Goals to practice Anti-racism. These conversations will provide updates on the work of the Racial Justice Advisory Council and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss why the work of liberation at UUAvl matters.

3rd Wed.    Spiritual Practices: Centering Love
Centering Love – Love is a core value of our UU faith. On the 3rd Wednesdays this fall at 7 p.m., we will center our spiritual practice of love-in-action with self, others, and the world. As Cornel West says, “Justice is what love looks like in public.”

4th Wed.    Theology
We will begin with an introduction to theology: What is it? Do UUs do Theology? Participants will select theological themes for future sessions. Examples: Hope, Death, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Evil, Covenant. 

October Calendar:

6       
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia 
Program: Theme Talk: Rev. Claudia

13     
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Liberation Conversations: Eleanor Lane, Jensen Gelfond 

20     
Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Spiritual Practices: Nancy Bragg

27     
Vespers Leader: Bernise Lynch
Program: Intro to Theology: Rev. Claudia

6:30 Meditative Vespers & 7 PM Program Spiritual Practices Centering Love

Join us for a meditative Vespers led by Rev. Cathy.

Our 7PM Program launches our Spiritual Practice series focusing on Centering Love because LOVE is a core value of our UU faith. We will begin the series by centering our spiritual practice of love-in-action with self.

Wednesday Vespers & Program themes:

1st Wed.    Theme Talk or Special Program
Discussion about the monthly Soul Matters theme.

2nd Wed.    Liberation Conversations: Pursuing our Congregational Goals to practice Anti-racism. These conversations will provide updates on the work of the Racial Justice Advisory Council and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss why the work of liberation at UUAvl matters.

3rd Wed.    Spiritual Practices: Centering Love
Centering Love – Love is a core value of our UU faith. On the 3rd Wednesdays this fall at 7 p.m., we will center our spiritual practice of love-in-action with self, others, and the world. As Cornel West says, “Justice is what love looks like in public.”

4th Wed.    Theology
We will begin with an introduction to theology: What is it? Do UUs do Theology? Participants will select theological themes for future sessions. Examples: Hope, Death, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Evil, Covenant. 

October Calendar:

6       
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia 
Program: Theme Talk: Rev. Claudia

13     
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Liberation Conversations: Eleanor Lane, Jensen Gelfond 

20     
Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Spiritual Practices: Nancy Bragg

27     
Vespers Leader: Bernise Lynch
Program: Intro to Theology: Rev. Claudia

6:30 PM Vespers; 7:00 PM Program: Liberation Conversations

Join us for Vespers led by Anna Martin exploring this month’s theme Cultivating Relationship.

Our 7PM program will be “Liberation Conversations.”
Join Eleanor Lane and Jensen Gelfond to discuss what is happening with the Racial Justice Advisory Council and discuss your thoughts on the anti-racism work that is happening or could happen at UUCAvl. We are calling our conversations “Liberation Conversations” to uplift what we are for and move beyond focusing only on what we are against.

Wednesday Vespers & Program themes:

1st Wed.    Theme Talk or Special Program
Discussion about the monthly Soul Matters theme.

2nd Wed.    Liberation Conversations: Pursuing our Congregational Goals to practice Anti-racism. These conversations will provide updates on the work of the Racial Justice Advisory Council and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss why the work of liberation at UUAvl matters.

3rd Wed.    Spiritual Practices: Centering Love
Centering Love – Love is a core value of our UU faith. On the 3rd Wednesdays this fall at 7 p.m., we will center our spiritual practice of love-in-action with self, others, and the world. As Cornel West says, “Justice is what love looks like in public.”

4th Wed.    Theology
We will begin with an introduction to theology: What is it? Do UUs do Theology? Participants will select theological themes for future sessions. Examples: Hope, Death, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Evil, Covenant. 

October Calendar:

6       
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia 
Program: Theme Talk: Rev. Claudia

13     
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Liberation Conversations: Eleanor Lane, Jensen Gelfond 

20     
Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Spiritual Practices: Nancy Bragg

27     
Vespers Leader: Bernise Lynch
Program: Intro to Theology: Rev. Claudia

6:30 Vespers: Re-gathering Our Community; 7PM Theme Talk: Cultivating Relationships

Join us for Vespers Oct 6, 6:30 to celebrate re-gathering after a summer hiatus. Our theme will be “Cultivating Relationship” inspired by the work of Priya Parker recently interviewed by Krista Tippett. Listen here https://onbeing.org

After Vespers Rev. Claudia will lead a  7PM “Theme Talk: Cultivating Relationships” exploring healing and re-connecting during this COVID time. We will begin our time together reflecting on the words of bell hooks

“”Rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation.
Healing is an act of communion.”

Wednesday Vespers & Program themes:

1st Wed.    Theme Talk or Special Program
Discussion about the monthly Soul Matters theme.

2nd Wed.    Liberation Conversations: Pursuing our Congregational Goals to practice Anti-racism. These conversations will provide updates on the work of the Racial Justice Advisory Council and an opportunity to ask questions and discuss why the work of liberation at UUAvl matters.

3rd Wed.    Spiritual Practices: Centering Love
Centering Love – Love is a core value of our UU faith. On the 3rd Wednesdays this fall at 7 p.m., we will center our spiritual practice of love-in-action with self, others, and the world. As Cornel West says, “Justice is what love looks like in public.”

4th Wed.    Theology
We will begin with an introduction to theology: What is it? Do UUs do Theology? Participants will select theological themes for future sessions. Examples: Hope, Death, Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Evil, Covenant. 

October Calendar:

6       
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia 
Program: Theme Talk: Rev. Claudia

13     
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Liberation Conversations: Eleanor Lane, Jensen Gelfond 

20     
Vespers Leader: Rev. Cathy
Program: Spiritual Practices: Nancy Bragg

27     
Vespers Leader: Bernise Lynch
Program: Intro to Theology, Rev. Claudia

Vespers at 6:30pm, Program at 7:00, October 6!

We’re almost back.  Can’t wait!  If you’re on our email list you’ll get the Zoom link on October 6.  On this return to Wednesday Thing programming we will explore October’s Soul Matters theme, Cultivating Relationship.  Here’s how our Wednesdays will be structured at least through December.

1st Wed (Oct 6) – Soul Matters Theme Conversation – October is Cultivating Relationship – see the full year’s themes below.Two young people with headsvhanging off of a couch, "A friend is one who knows my song and sings it to me when I forget.

2nd Wed (Oct 13) – Liberation Conversations (Anti-racism defines us by what we are against; liberation defines us by what we are for. Let me know what you think of making a name change)

3rd Wed (Oct 20) – Spiritual Practices

4th Wed (Oct 27) – Theology: Exploring Core Theological Themes (During the first session, “Theology 101,” we will discuss which themes we will explore in future months.  Beauty, Evil, God, Peace & Non-Violence, Suffering, Joy, Prayer, Forgiveness & Reconciliation, are just some examples. Our resource will be Theology Ablaze by UU minister, Rev. Tom Owen-Towle.

Contact Rev. Claudia if you have questions or would like to lead Vespers. An outline and support are provided for Vespers leaders.

The Soul Matters Themes for 2021-22:
Oct. – Cultivating Relationship
Nov. – Holding History
Dec. – Opening to Joy
Jan. – Living with Intention
Feb. – Widening the Circle
March – Renewing Faith
April – Awakening
May – Nurturing Beauty
June – Celebrating Blessings

Our Vespers & Program Will Resume in October

Your Adult Faith Development Team (Jim Steffe, Kelly Wedell, Sherry Lundquist, John Bloomer, Linda Topp, Kim Collins and Rev. Claudia) will continue planning for the fall. Please reach out to Rev. Claudia  faithdev@uuasheville.org if you have ideas for programs and/or are interested in leading Vespers. Resources and support for Vespers are provided each month. Notice we will resume programs in October. Our Soul Matters themes for next year:

Oct. – Cultivating Relationship
Nov. – Holding History
Dec. – Opening to Joy
Jan. – Living with Intention
Feb. – Widening the Circle
March – Renewing Faith
April – Awakening
May – Nurturing Beauty
June – Celebrating Blessings

Have a healthy, happy summer!

Northern lights with a Mary Oicer quote: You can have the other words – chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I’ll take grace. I don’t know what it is exactly, but I’ll take it.”

Vespers 6:30 PM Our Journeys & Program 7 PM Mujerista Theology

Join us for Vespers led by John Bloomer as we reflect on voyages and adventures in our lives.

The 7PM program will be the last in our Theology Series. Rev. Claudia will facilitate an exploration of Mujerista (Moo-her-ista) Theology. Don’t know what that is? Join us and find out!

This will be our last Wednesday Thing Program for this liturgical year. We will resume Vespers and Program in September. If you are interested in leading a Vespers service in the fall or have suggestions for a program contact Rev. Claudia faithdev@uuasheville.org.

6:30 PM Vespers: Exploring Our Stories & 7 PM Program- Spiritual Practices: Prayer

Join us for Vespers as we continue exploring the theme of Story. We will reflect on the Iroquis creation story of Skywoman and discuss how the stories we tell shape our understanding of the world and our place in it. Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia

The 7 PM Program will be the final session in the Spiritual Practices series. The topic will be prayer. Do UUs pray? Joins us for what will be a rich conversation. Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

Next week will be our final Vespers. Join Vespers Leader John Bloomer in a final reflection on journeys and voyage sagas. Our program will be an exploration of Mujerista Theology, the final session in this year’s Theology Series. Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

Vespers and Programs will resume in September. Have a wonderful summer!!!

Vespers 6:30 PM: What does it mean to be a people of story & 7:00 PM Anti-Racism Conversations at UUCA

Join Vespers leader Kelly Wedell exploring this month’s theme: Story. 


The 7PM program Anti Racism Conversations facilitated by Ed Prestemon will create space to discuss the Racial Justice Advisory Council’s invitation to review the glossary and participate in the Racial Justice Assessment tool survey. This is important work that we will do together. Join us!

May – Theme: Story


Vespers Leader: James Cassara
Program: Theme Talk – Being Shaped and Created by Stories; Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

12 
Vespers Leader: Kelly Wedell
Program: Anti-Racism Conversation; Facilitator: Ed Prestamon

19 
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Spiritual practices – Prayer, Rev. Claudia

26 
Vespers Leader: John Bloomer
Program: Mujerista Theology; Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

Vespers 6:30 PM: What does it mean to be a people of Becoming? & 7 PM Program: UU Theologies – What is Religious Naturalism?

This Wed. at 6:30 Vespers leaders Eliza and Anna Martin invite you to continue exploring this month’s theme: Becoming.

 

7PM Program: Join Lead Minister Rev. Mark Ward in a discussion of
Religious Naturalism,a view of religion that welcomes science and all
that the natural world teaches while celebrating awe, wonder,
compassion and care. To explore ahead of time, click on this link: https://religiousnaturalism.org/

May – Theme: Story

5
Vespers Leader: James Cassara
Program: Theme Talk – Being Shaped and Created by Stories; Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

12
Vespers Leader: Kelly Wedell
Program: Anti-Racism Conversation; Facilitator: Ed Prestamon

19
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Spiritual practices – Prayer, Rev. Claudia

26
Vespers Leader: John Bloomer
Program: Mujerista Theology; Facilitator: Rev. Claudia

 

Vespers 6:30 PM: Becoming & 7:00 PM Program: Religious Naturalism

This Wednesday Vespers Leaders Eliza and Anna Martin invite you to continue exploring this month’s theme: Becoming.

Rev. Mark Ward will lead a session on Religious Naturalism, a spiritual perspective grounded in the natural world.  It’s a view of religion that welcomes science and all that the natural world teaches while celebrating awe, wonder, compassion, and care. To explore ahead of time, click on this link.

Vespers 6:30 PM Becoming Wise & 7:00 PM Program: Aging as a Spiritual Practice

This Wednesday “Becoming Wise: Story and Verse” at 6:30 PM.  Vespers leader Mary Alm.  During National Poetry Month, while we consider our monthly theme of Becoming, Mary Alm invites us to explore the concept of wisdom through an exercise of crowdsourcing a poem.

The 7PM program “Elderhood, Gratitude and Beyond” will explore aging as a spiritual practice. Co-facilitators: Jim Steffe and Rev. Claudia

 

April – Becoming


Vespers Leader: Rev. Mark
Program: Earth Community Circle,
Ed Prestamon, Wink Zachritz

14
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Anti-Racism Conversations; Carol Buffum

21 
Vespers Leader: Mary Alm
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging III;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

28 
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Religious Naturalism, Rev. Ward

6:30 Vespers: Becoming Ourselves & 7:00PM Program

This Wed. at 6:30 PM Join Rev. Claudia in an exploration of becoming ourselves: do we do this alone, in community….. both?  

Join us after Vespers for an Anti-Racism Conversation on the history of race. Below is the link to the article that will be discussed. Facilitator: Carol Buffum
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dWo5s30yVh7U8nixF-8gzN34N52JVzUk/view?usp=sharing

April – Becoming


Vespers Leader: Rev. Mark
Program: Earth Community Circle,
Ed Prestamon, Wink Zachritz

14
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Anti-Racism Conversations; Carol Buffum

21 
Vespers Leader: Mary Alm
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging III;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

28 
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Religious Naturalism, Rev. Ward

Vespers 6:30 Exploring this month’s theme: Becoming & 7:00 PM Program

This Wed. at 6:30 PM Join Rev. Mark Ward in “Looking Over the Edge.” As we enter this month with the theme of Becoming, Lead Minister Mark Ward will lead a vespers service focused on becoming toward the end of life. What is the work for us in the closing stages of life?


Stay after Vespers service, 7:00-8:00 PM to discover what UUCA and the Kentucky Coal Mining Museum have in common, and learn more about the climate crisis from a presentation by Ed Prestemon and Wink Zachritz of the Earth Community Circle. There will be time for discussion and Q&A after the presentation.

 

April – Becoming

7
Vespers Leader: Rev. Mark
Program: Earth Community Circle,
Ed Prestamon, Wink Zachritz

14
Vespers Leader: Rev. Claudia
Program: Anti-Racism Conversations; TBA

21
Vespers Leader: Mary Alm
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging III;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

28
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Religious Naturalism, Rev. Ward

 

March 24 – 6:30 Vespers: Reflections for the Spring Equinox & 7PM Program: Exploring Creation Spirituality

​6:30 Vespers  ​will ​be led by Joyce Hooley​ Gingrich.​​ March 24 will be the first Vespers after the First Day of Spring (The Spring Equinox, is on March 20 this year,) thus, we will be listening to selected readings from Aldo Leopold, and reflecting together on geese and on spring as a season for moving forward with commitment.   ​

​7:00 PM Program:  We will be exploring Original Blessing Theology.  Come help us identify some roots and commonalities with contemporary Unitarian Universalist understandings, and find out why Cardinal Ratzinger ordered an inquisition into Matthew Fox after he published his treatise, Original Blessing, A Primer in Creation Spirituality in 1983. Facilitator: Joyce Hooley Gingrich

Next Week:
March 31
Vespers leader: Rev. Jeff Jones
Program: Do Animals Have Rights? Facilitator: Rev. Jeff Jones

Vespers 6:30 PM Exploring Commitment & 7PM Program: Aging as a Spiritual Practice

Join Vespers leader Kelly Wedell in exploring our collective commitment to our messy humanity using a different interpretation of the starfish story.

Our program will be “Aging as A Spiritual Practice: The Five Fears” facilitated by Jim Steffe.

March
3
Vespers Leader: James Cassara
Program: Theme Talk – Rev. Claudia

10
Vespers Leader: Rev Mark
Program: Anti-Racism Conversation: The Gardener’s Tale
Facilitator: Kay Aler-Maida

17
Vespers Leader: Kelly W
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging II;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

24
Vespers Leader: Joyce-Hooley Gingrich
Program: Creation Theology, Joyce-Hooley Gingrich31
Vespers Leader: Jeff Jones
Program: Do Animals have Rights? Jeff Jones

Vespers 6:30: Remembering Jim Reeb & 7PM Program: New Series-Anti Racism Conversations

This Wednesday, join Vespers leader Rev. Mark Ward to reflect on the 56th Anniversary of Jim Reeb’s death which is March 11.

Program: This month we launch the “Anti-Racism Conversation” series. 
Every 2nd Wed. there will be a facilitated invitation to explore racism and white supremacy as part of the work UUCA is doing to become an anti-racist congregation. This month Kay Aler-Maida will lead with an exploration of the levels of racism using the allegory of a garden. The TED talk by Dr.Camara Jones  will be the basis for the session. (begin at 6 min 55 sec)

 

 

Welcome to the month of COMMITMENT! Vespers 6:30 PM, March 3 with James Cassara & 7 PM Program: Theme Talk with Rev Claudia

Join Vespers leader James Cassara as we begin exploring this month’s theme: commitment.

7PM Program: Theme Talk with Rev. Claudia: Exploring Our Commitments to ourselves and others.

March

3
Vespers Leader: James Cassara
Program: Theme Talk – Rev. Claudia

10
Vespers Leader: Rev Mark
Program: Anti-Racism Conversation: The Gardener’s Tale
Facilitator: Kay Aler-Maida
Please watch Dr. Camara Jones’ TED Talk, start at 6’55. Text here.

17
Vespers Leader: Kelly W
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging II;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

24
Vespers Leader: Joyce-Hooley Gingrich
Program: Creation Theology, Joyce-Hooley Gingrich

31
Vespers Leader: Jeff Jones
Program: Do Animals have Rights? Jeff Jones

Vespers 6:30: Knitting and Meaning-Making & Program 7PM

Join Vespers leader Rev. Claudia to explore knitting and meaning-making. Service to include a video reflection shared by UUCA member Elizabeth Schell.

The 7PM Program will be led by Rev. Terry Davis.
 “UU Theology Series: Unitarianism — Boldly Claiming the Pejorative”
When the Boston-based Rev. William Ellery Channing laid out an unorthodox Christian theology in a sermon in 1819, he did something unimaginable: he proudly called it “Unitarianism,” a label that his fellow liberal ministers had shunned. What did Channing preach? How was he able to create respectability for a distinctly different brand of Christianity? Join Rev. Terry Davis as we explore the events that led to Channing’s breakthrough sermon, and what it offered liberal religion then and offers our faith today. 

March – Commitment

3
Vespers Leader: James Cassara
Program: Theme Talk – Rev. Claudia

10
Vespers Leader: Rev Mark
Program: Ignorance of White Identity, TBA

17
Vespers Leader: Kelly W
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging II;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

24
Vespers Leader: Joyce-Hooley Gingrich
Program: Creation Theology, Joyce-Hooley Gingrich

31
Vespers Leader: Jeff Jones:
Program: Do Animals have Rights? Jeff Jones

Vespers: Love and Beloved Community & 7PM Program: Aging As A Spiritual Practice

Join us for Vespers this Wed. at 6:30. Vespers leader Kelly Wedell and Rev. Claudia invite us to continue exploring Beloved Community inspired by the work of Ruby Sales, civil rights leader and public theologian. 


The 7PM program launches a 3 month series on Aging as a Spiritual Practice based on the work of Lewis Richmond. Facilitators: Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

FEBRUARY
3
Vespers Leader: Anna Martin
Program: Theme Talk, Rev. Claudia

10
Vespers Leader: Mary Alm 
Program: Power at Work in Our Congregation, Anna Martin

17
Vespers Leader: Kelly Wedell &Rev. Claudia
Program: Spiritual Practices – Aging I;   Jim Steffe, Rev. Claudia

24
Vespers Leader: TBA
Program: The Theology William Ellery Channing, Rev. Terry Davis