Worship Services at Unity Church
During the church year (the Sunday after Labor Day through the third Sunday in May) worship services are held at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 4:30 p.m., except where noted. 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 recip ients 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.
October Sunday Worship
October 4: Pledge Drive Sunday
To Be or Not To Be: Grown Up Church for the 21st Century — Rev. Gail R. Geisenhainer
While the posturing politicians and pandering pundits draw off our life energies into the pointless, endless question, "Black Lives Matter or All Lives Matter?", we need to ask “Will the church Matter to Black Lives? How will it matter? When?” The purpose and practice of church: now. This service will also feature Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout who is the Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ann Arbor.
Offering recipient: MUUSJA
Geisenhainer serves as Senior Minister with the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Originally from Massachusetts, Gail has served UU congregations in California and Florida. She and her partner of 32 years, Celeste DeRoche, share passions for candor, books, dogs, and the state of Maine.
October 11: Becoming Small — Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs
Reverence is a way of being in the world that reminds us there is something larger than ourselves upon which we can and must rely. Religious liberals celebrate human agency, the ability to choose and the kinds of discipline that lead to self-control. And yet too many of us have lost touch with the gifts humility can bring. Join Rob and worship associate Jen Niemela in a service that calls for us to reclaim the practice of reverence.
Offering recipient: Justice Learning Scholarship Fund
October 18: 8 Steps to Reverence — Rev. Danny Givens, Jr.
Often we struggle with how we, as a covenant practicing people, hold the reverence we carry through times of skepticism in our lives. Worship associate Heidi Mastrud will join Rev. Givens as he shares 8 Steps to Reverence.
Offering recipient: One Voice Mixed Chorus
October 25: Remember Who You Are — Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs
In our demanding, busy lives it is difficult to remember to notice the miraculous that surrounds us and the holiness that is everywhere. It is often most challenging to remember that the same sacred spark also exists within us. Janne and worship associate Rene Meyer-Grimberg will explore the meaning of reverence when we include ourselves in what is holy.
Offering recipient: Circles of Peace
Blessing of the Animals
Sunday, October 11 • 2:00 p.m. • Green Space
Bring all your fuzzy (and non-fuzzy) critters for a special blessing of honor and gratitude for the non-humans who companion us throughout our lives. You are also invited to bring photos of pets that can’t attend or those you have lost in the past year.
Family and Story Sundays
Family Sundays take place five times each church year:
Story Sundays happen frequently throughout the church year, with school-aged children (Workshop Rotation, Grades 1-6) beginning in worship with the congregation in the Sanctuary. After the opening hymn, prayers, and children’s message, the children proceed with their Journey Guides to their classrooms for religious education programming.
Story Sundays for the 2014-15 church year include:
Soup suppers are held each Sunday following the 4:30 service.
October Soup Suppers
Soup Suppers are served each Sunday after the 4:30 p.m. service. All meals will offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. People with specific food allergies may contact email@example.com to arrange to have a special preparation.
October 4: Lasagna soup with Italian sausage, breadsticks
October 11: Our world famous chili team returns!
October 18: French onion soup
October 25: Oktoberfest! Kielbasa and sauerkraut soup or mushroom soup with thyme, pretzel buns
Service & Learning
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