Worship Services at Unity Church
From May 24 through September 6 there is just one service each week at 10:00 a.m. Lay-led worship services begin June 28. Summer Sundays in the garden (a program for children held during worship) begins on May 24.
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 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.
August Sunday Worship is at 10:00 a.m.
August 2: Growing Pain — Jennifer Niemela
Through the lens of recovery from addiction, Jennifer will explore the paradoxes inherent in a spiritual awakening: how suffering can be a doorway to peace, how it takes more strength to surrender than to fight, how our most painful experiences can be our greatest gifts. Musician: Kevin Moonen, harp
Offering recipient: Freedom School
August 9: Why Am I HERE? — Helen Pohlig
Deepak Chopra says, "Religion is believing somebody's experience, whether it was Jesus's experience or Buddha's experience or whomever else. Spirituality is having your own experience. It's more universal, it's an experience of your universality, your universal nature." Join Worship Leader Helen Pohlig and Worship Associate Avi Viswanathan as they explore the universal nature of each individual's unique answer to the question "Why am I here?".
Offering recipient: Camp Tamarack
August 16: Hope for the Future — Chico Hathaway
Pope Francis, with his encyclical related to climate change, deserves credit for having elevated awareness of humanity’s calamitous effects on the global ecosystem. And he has highlighted the fact that this is a moral and religious issue. For most UUs, it is no surprise to hear that we have a problem. Furthermore, we are already aware that this is a moral and religious matter. Still, the situation is decidedly grim. Wherein lies hope? Musician: Dawn Baker, piano
Offering recipient: Faith Builders Habitat for Humanity
August 23: Four days on Maranacook: Searching for Solitude of the Heart — Richard Foushee
We all at times have sought physical solitude; the quiet, peaceful time, perhaps in the country, without the intrusion of others. A time we hope will give us peace of mind and the healing grace of nature. We seek to forget our woes and slip into a calm frame of mind, which offers serenity at least for a while. Physical solitude will not endure, however. Only the solitude of the heart will sustain us. Join Richard Foushee and worship associate Rene Meyer-Grimberg as they explore what it means to find solitude of the heart.
Offering recipient: Cycles for Change
August 30: Believe What You Know — Rev. Lisa Friedman
So often we struggle to articulate what we believe. And yet, we live out our beliefs each day in countless ways. Perhaps we know more than we think. Musician: Katy Taylor, celtic/devotional music
Offering recipient: Chalice Camp
September 6: How Radical Should We Be for Racial Equity? — Dane Smith
New research about the history of civil rights and racism in Minnesota reveals how truly radical some of our Unitarian Universalist pioneers were, not only for abolition, but for absolute economic and social equality for people of all races. These radicals have been largely vindicated by history and their vision, though still unrealized, has become consensus. As the confederate flags finally come down, as we are informed by Charleston and Ferguson and our own disturbing disparities right here in this neighborhood, let’s think about today’s cutting edge. What are the radical equalizing actions we can embrace that will vindicate us a century from now, and move our community to that Promised Land where race makes no difference in health, wealth or happiness? Musician: Rochelle Lockridge, guitar and vocals
Offering recipient: Pillsbury United Communities Full Cycle
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:
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
- UU Families Initiative
- Volunteer Corner
- Wellspring Wednesday