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.
September Sunday Worship Calendar
September 7 : A Merging of Waters: A Family Sunday
In Times of Turbulent Waters
Come merge the waters of the world in a ritual of reunion as the whole church family gathers to explore the role of our faith in times of difficulty and challenge. Rob, Janne, and worship associate Jen Welsh will lead this ritual service that ushers in the new church year. Unity Church choirs will participate during all three services. Please remember to bring water for the ceremony.
Offering recipient: Friends of the Mississippi River
September 14: This is the Marvel We Are — Rob Eller-Isaacs
The old adage goes “Unitarian Universalists are people who believe in one God, at most.” As our church school year begins we explore what it might mean to place our faith in human beings. Those raised Unitarian Universalist in the mid to late 20th century were steeped in the gospel of religious humanism. Rob and worship associate, Zoe Leuthner will ponder the possibilities of faith without God.
Offering recipient: Crossroads Missions
September 21: Flowers that Bloom in the Desert — Janne Eller-Isaacs
When faith is lost or feels illusive, how do we call ourselves to the task of living with integrity, service and joy? Janne and worship associate Drew Ross will explore what happens when the easy God of our childhood no longer seems relevant, and how we might find faith in living. Musicians at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.: Unity Singers; Blake Morgan, vocal soloist. Musicians at 4:30: Unity Choir; Blake Morgan, vocal soloist.
Offering recipient: Avalon School Gender Free Bathroom Campaign
September 28: Third Step Theology: Time to Decide — Rob Eller-Isaacs
Thursday, September 25, at sundown marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the beginning of the Days of Awe. The service this week will invite a confession of sorts and an opportunity to map out how best to make amends in the week the follows and leads up to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. As we stand at the threshold of a new church year we take a lesson from our Jewish friends and earn the right to begin again in love.
Offering recipient: Center for Victims of Torture
October Sunday Worship Calendar
October 5: To Begin Again in Love -- Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs
Having been encouraged to make amends wherever we have fallen short or been less than our best selves we will be invited to forgive ourselves and each and to begin again in love. Rob and woship associate Jen Niemala will lead us in a ritual of renewal at the threshold of the new church year.
Offering recipient: Unity Church Justice Learning Scholarship Fund
October 12: The Church Lady Revisited -- Rev. Vanessa Rush Southern
The church my grandmother took me to, the summers that I was with her in Hobbs, New Mexico, had a very different idea of what a church lady or “religious person” should look like than I do — than I think we do. Who do we need to be in order to heal the world and love big, and live into the world that awaits us? Or put in words my grandmother would have recognized, words (adapted) from Micah, “What does the Lord — the sacred and compelling wonder and duty at the Heart of Life — require of thee?”
Offering recipient: MORE
Vanessa Southern has served congregations in Boston, Washington, DC, and most recently Summit, New Jersey. She is the author of the 2001 Skinner House Meditation Manual This Piece of Eden and the upcoming 2015 Meditation Manual. She serves on the leadership of the Minister's Association and is chair of the UUA's Capital Campaign Committee. She lives in New Jersey with her husband Rohit, daughter Leila, and mini-poodle Chloe.
October 19: The Pull of This World -- Lindasusan Ulrich
Not all yearning is created equal. Often, our ideas about what we desire get in the way of recognizing the deeper longing underneath. How do we know what’s real? Hallman Ministerial Intern Lindasusan Ulrich will look at ways our truths speak to us.
Offering recipient: Frank Theatre
October 26: Longing to be Real -- Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs
We were all raised on stories of characters like Pinnochio and the Velveteen Rabbit who learned over the course of the story how to be real, and the cost of being so. Janne and worship associate Neil Bray will explore how we can better create a community where people are encouraged to be real and their best selves.
Offering recipient: Black People Be Free
On this Story Sunday, school-aged children (Workshop Rotation, grades 1-6) begin in worship with the congregation in the Sanctuary at all three services. After the Story for All Ages, the children proceed with their Journey Guides to their classrooms for religious education programming.
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 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