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.
December Sunday Worship Services
December 1: Stop! Wait! Go! — Karen Van Fossan
A Multi-Generational Service
Children and adults of all ages are invited to this joyful, interactive service. Together, we will celebrate and honor the in-between times, when we anticipate incarnation, waiting between stop and go. Ministerial Intern Karen Van Fossan and worship associate Helen Pohlig will lead us in an all-ages message and optional activity, with support from Director of Religious Education K.P. Hong. Your open heart and curious mind will help us co-create beloved community, even as we find ourselves in in-between times. Offering recipient: SPIN: Saint Paul Interfaith Network
December 8: Diversity and Community —Michael Cowan
Unitarian Universalists are known for wholehearted, generous embrace of diversity. Humans give ultimate being many names: Yaweh, ground of being, Tao, God, web of life, energy, Allah, Great Spirit, love. Each name bears with it a world view and way of life intended to keep those who use it in right relationship to what is being named. The unity of most communities of faith is based on sharing a single name and one set of symbols for the ultimate, and the world view and way of life that come with them. “God is the anchor symbol for a whole world view and way of life.” When all the names of God are welcome in a community, is there a whole that arises from these many names? What does a faithful community look like when its belief is polycentric? Click here for details about a community forum offered by Michael Cowan. Offering recipient: Circle of Peace
December 15: This is My Body —Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs
As our waiting deepens we turn toward Mary and all the many mothers of God who help us spin spirit, mind and body into one. Rob will be joined by worship associate Bailey Webster. Offering recipient: Beacon Interfaith Housing
December 22: We Hear You Knocking • Family Sunday
The church family will gather to remember a homeless couple, he a humble carpenter, she on the verge of giving birth. The journey was long. The labor pains were coming closer together. Every door was closed to them. Is our door open? Come enter into the Las Posadas tradition as we celebrate the child on the way. The ministers will be joined by Director of Religious Education K.P. Hong.
Carol Sing during the 9:00 and 4:30 services. Carol Shout during the 11:00 service.
Offering recipient: Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater
December 29: One service only at 10:00 a.m.
Near to the Brokenhearted — Jennifer Nordstrom
For people who have been abused or traumatized, their own bodies can be the most dangerous place to be. The body can be a dangerous place when facing or resisting violence, and it can be a dangerous place to sit quietly and be present. But the body can also hold the ticket to deep healing. How can we be encouraged to take the risk of healing in places where innocence has been slaughtered? Hallman Ministerial Intern Jennifer Nordstrom and worship associate Ray Wiedmeyer will explore where the brokenhearted could find comfort. Offering recipient: AGAPE High School
Family and Story Sundays
Family Sundays take place five times each church year:
Merging of Waters (September)
Story Sundays happen frequently throughout the church year, with school-aged children (Workshop Rotation, Grades 1-6) beginning their morning 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 2013-14 church year include:
- Service & Learning
- Adult Learning & Spiritual Practice>
- Cairns Arts Journal
- Children and Youth>
- Community Outreach Ministry Social Justice>
- Dine with Nine
- Library and Bookstall
- Literary Ministry>
- Music Ministry
- Parish Hall Artists
- Pastoral Care>
- Sources Supper
- Wellspring Wednesday
- Young Families
- Operating Pledge Form