Worship Services at Unity Church
During the church year (the Sunday after Labor Day through the Sunday before Memorial Day) worship services are held at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 4:30 p.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
Each Sunday, through the work of the Generosity Ministry Team, seventy percent of the offering is placed in the hands of the chosen community non-profit recipient. The remaining thirty percent goes to support of the Community Outreach Ministry at Unity Church. Offering recipients for each Sunday are listed below the Sunday service description. If you would like to nominate a non-profit to receive the Sunday offering, please fill out the online nomination form.
March Sunday Worship Services
March 2: Beyond Repair -- Rob Eller-Isaacs
Some things just can’t be fixed. This presents a major challenge for those of us who believe every problem can be solved. There are times when we need to let go. There are times when all we can do is be present, to bear witness and surrender to reality. Rob and worship associate Phil Lowry will begin a series of services on brokenness.
Offering recipient: Unitarian Universalist Association
March 9: Repurposing a Broken Heart -- Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs
Every Sunday the words, “Your gifts and your wounds are welcome here,” are spoken during worship. To be in real community with one another we are called to share our very human imperfections and brokenness but it is a demanding spiritual practice to do so. Janne and worship associate, Bailey Webster will explore the meaning of brokenness in the midst of wholeness.
Offering recipient: Children’s Cancer Research Fund
March 16: To Reconstitute the World -- Rob Eller-Isaacs
We live in a broken and beautiful world. Some of us try to escape into the beauty. Others think what is broken must be made whole before there can be any joy. It is a false but seductive dialectic. Rob and worship associate Drew Ross will wrestle with the tension between brokenness and beauty.
Offering recipient: Balazs Scholar Program
March 23: Forget Your Perfect Offering -- Rob and Janne Eller-Isaacs
As they depart for grandparental leave, Rob and Janne offer a service inviting everyone to step up to the joys and challenges of sharing fully in the ministry of the church. None of us is perfect. Each of us has gifts to bring. Mary Margaret Zindren will serve as worship associate.
Offering recipient: Mano a Mano International Partners
March 30: And They All Fell Down -- Rev. Aaron McEmrys
When I was a child I played a lot of “Cowboys and Indians.” The game never ended until everyone was on the ground. As I return from my latest visit among the Hopi and Navajo people, I find myself aching over those childhood games and all they represent. About things that once broken, stay broken. About things that can be mended. And about building anew on the ground brokenness leaves.
The Rev. Aaron McEmrys is the Senior Minister of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara. Before beginning his ministry, Aaron worked as a union and community organizer, and economic justice and workers rights remain an important part of his ministry. An avid storyteller, McEmrys is author of After Aesop: Stories for All Ages.
Offering recipient: The Free Clothing Center
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