Sundays at Unity Church
Sunday worship at Unity Church is a cornerstone of our religious community. It is where we envision and create a new reality for a better world. It allows us to come together for community and deepen our individual spirit. It is about us coming together as a religious family. It is where we practice being our best selves. It is an encounter with mystery and awe to plumb our spiritual depths.
During the church year, worship services are held at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 4:30 p.m., except where noted. From the Sunday before Memorial Day through the Sunday before Labor Day, there is just one service each week at 10:00 a.m.
The entrance to the Sanctuary is at 733 Portland Avenue and parking is available in the church's lot on the corner of Portland Avenue and St. Albans Street. Map and Directions
September Sunday Worship
September 3: Expect Delays • 10:00 a.m. ONLY
There’s a lesson in those two words on the big orange-and-black road signs that went up this spring. For all of us in this optimistic faith, committed to racial justice, to a healthier earth, and to a better deal for all our most vulnerable fellow humans, these are the worst of times, perhaps in our memory. Reversals of progress we thought we made and new obstructions are going up everywhere. We may have underestimated the scale and ferocity of the backlash mounted by those who always fight, often misunderstanding their own long-term interest, against surrendering immediate privilege or advantage. We all love the phrase about the arc of history bending toward justice, but we often forget the first part, about that arc being long, meaning slow. We need to contemplate how we can blend patience and equanimity with our courageous efforts to resist this Reign of Error, and to change the things we can. Dane Smith, worship leader; Alex Askew, worship associate.
Musician: Dan Schwartz, guitar and vocals
Offering recipient: Small Sums
September 10: Merging of Waters Family Sunday
Come celebrate the start of a new church year by merging the waters of the world in a time of reunion. There will be a story for all ages, music from Peter Mayer, the introduction of our wonderful new interns, and a joyful time to come together after far-flung summer adventures. Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs will return to the pulpit to begin a series of services on vocation. On Family Sundays, children experience the entire worship together with their families in the Sanctuary. A children’s message and activity books related to the stories and sermon help children to engage in the experience of worship. The nursery is open for children under three years of age. Soup suppers return after the 4:30 service!
Blessing of Backpacks: As a new school year begins and commitments to learning are made and renewed, all students (children, youth, and adults) and school teachers are encouraged to bring their school backpacks/bags to church on Sunday, September 10. We will offer a blessing and reminder of the congregation’s love and commitment to support our learning together!
Offering recipient: Obama Elementary School
September 17: Called and Compelled
In the old strong story, Abraham is called and compelled by the Holy to leave Ur and to walk away from everything and everyone he’s known. For most of us the sense of call to what is often named "vocation" is somewhat less demanding. But true vocation implies an obligation to live in the place between the everyday and the surrounding mystery and help to heal the world. Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs and worship associate Angela Wilcox will bring us a service on living into our gifts.
Offering recipient: UUA/UUSC Hurricane Relief Fund
September 24: Listen Louder
Sometimes it is difficult to discern the call of vocation. Other times the call comes, and we refuse to heed it. How do we learn to listen louder in a world with so many demands, with its busyness and constant communication? Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs and worship associate Suzanne Quinn-McDonald will explore how we might listen louder to our heart’s longing.
Offering recipient: Shantideva Homeopathic Research Initiative (SHRI)
Family and Story Sundays
Family Sundays 2017-18
Family Sundays take place five times each church year:
Story Sundays 2017-18
Story Sundays happen frequently throughout the church year, with children in grades 1-8 beginning in worship with the congregation in the Sanctuary. After the opening hymn, prayers, and children’s message, Workshop Rotation children (grades 1-5) proceed with their Journey Guides to their classrooms for religious education programming while junior high youth (grades 6-8) remain in the sanctuary for the entire worship service.
Coffee and Fellowship Hour
Everyone is invited to the Parish Hall for coffee and fellowship following the morning service. If you or a team you are working with would like to request a table in the Parish Hall as a way to share information with the congregation about a project, class, or other learning opportunity, please CLICK HERE. Parish Hall tables are reserved for programs and groups affiliated with Unity Church.
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