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.
April Sunday Worship Services
April 6: The Gifts Go On — Rev. Lisa Friedman
When we die, we trust that we live on in the hearts of those who have loved us. But there is another kind of immortality that lives on in the values we inherit from others and choose for our own lives. What values have transformed you and bring resurrection to your life? What new beginnings have come to you from the generations who have gone before? Helen Pohlig will serve as worship associate.
Offering recipient: The Middle Project Scholarship Fund
April 13: The City Reborn — Jennifer Nordstrom
Our cities are changing in the 21st century. Values, economics, demographics, and the climate are all shifting. We sometimes experience this shaky ground as fear-inducing. But we could choose to see the transition as opportunity for transformation and resurrection. Our Unitarian Universalist values call us to engage with these changes while living in our hope for a just, multicultural, sustainable Beloved Community. Hallman Ministerial Intern Jennifer Nordstrom and worship associate Neil Bray will explore our role in the city being reborn.
Offering recipient: Project Home
April 20: Easter Sunday • Practice Resurrection
Lisa Friedman, Jennifer Nordstrom, KP Hong
The ancient story of the life and death of Jesus still speaks to us today — new beginnings emerge with fresh possibilities, even in those moments when it seems that all is tragically lost. As a whole church family, we will celebrate the wondrous power of resurrection and new beginnings in our lives. 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.
Offering recipient: Mano a Mano International Partners
April 27: Coming of Age Sunday
What the Test Didn't Ask — Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs
What is the central most important defining aspect of our liberal faith? Religious researchers have been asking that question for centuries. Janne and Unity's Coordinator of Youth and Campus Ministries, Drew Danielson, will grapple with their own answers to this question. This is Coming of Age weekend and the service will include a collage of wisdom from this year's class of ninth graders.
Offering recipient: Mission Haiti, Inc.
May Sunday Worship Calendar
Please note! The summer worship schedule of one service at 10:00 a.m. begins on May 25.
May 4: Arthur Foote Music Sunday
Music presented by the Children’s Choir, Women’s Ensemble, Unity Singers, Unity Choir and Unity Percussion Ensemble; Laura Sewell and Teresa and Will Richardson, cello, and Andrea Stern, harp; also welcoming special guest Dr. Arthur Jones, The Spirituals Project.
Offering recipient: Arthur Foote Music Sunday
May 11: Hoping for Connection— Jennifer Nordstrom
Hope is a moving thing with feathery wings. It is alive in the personal connections among us. What happens when we are so hurt we cannot hope? Where does hope live then? Where does hope live in families? In between mothers and their children? In communities? Worship leader Jennifer Nordstrom and worship associate Mary-Margaret Zindren will reflect on the interpersonal nature of hope during this Mother’s Day service.
Offering recipient: Faith Builders Habitat for Humanity
May 18: Flower Communion Family Sunday
Come celebrate the affirming, uniquely Unitarian Universalist ritual of Flower Communion. Developed by Czech Unitarian minister Norbert Čapek who died a martyr at Dachau, the ritual celebrates the intrinsic beauty of each and every soul. PLEASE BRING A FLOWER FOR THE ARCH. This celebration for the entire church family will be led by Lisa Friedman, Jennifer Nordstrom, and worship associate Jen Welsh. Each service will include a dedication ceremony for older children.
Offering recipient: Unity Church Chalice Camp
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. Regular religious education programming does not take place on Family Sundays; however, the nursery is open for children under three years of age.
May 25: ONE SERVICE ONLY AT 10:00 a.m.
For Peace and a New Hope — Rev. Rob Eller-Issacs
Archibald Macleish asks, “Whether our lives and deaths were for peace and a new hope of for nothing we cannot say; it is you who must say this.” Each year on the Sunday before Memorial Day we invite the congregation to honor those who have died and those whose lives have been forever changed by war. Rob and a worship associate drawn from among our many veterans will offer a poignant, powerful service to close our worship series on hope.
Offering recipient: Veterans for Peace
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