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.
November Sunday Worship Calendar
November 2: Promises to Keep — Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs
What do we mean when we say ours is a "covenantal faith?" What is the difference between covenant and creed? Rob and worship associate Brian Newhouse will provide a framework for our month-long consideration of how we make and keep our promises. The service will feature the installation of the Rev. Lisa Friedman as our Minister of Congregational and Community Engagement.
Offering recipient: ECHO
November 9: The Little Boy — Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed
I was hiking up a mountain when an excruciating moment set me on the path to social activism. Along the way the challenges taught me some hard lessons, including learning to be thankful for the obstacles I encountered.
Mark Morrison-Reed served for 26 years as co-minister, with his wife Donna, in Rochester, New York, and Toronto. During this time he also served as vice-chair of the UUA Commission on Appraisal and the Ministerial Fellowship Committee. As a historian of the African-American presence in UUism, he is author of Black Pioneers in a White Denomination, Darkening the Doorways: Black Trailblazers and Missed Opportunities in Unitarian Universalism, and The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism. He is co-editor of meditation manuals Been in the Storm So Long and Voices from the Margin. A former president of the Canadian Unitarian Council, he is currently an affiliated faculty member at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and coordinator of its Sankofa Archive—a collection of materials about the people of color who were Unitarian Universalist.
Offering recipient: The Summit University Planning Council
November 16: The Land In Between — Rev. Danny Givens
Covenant making has been a magnanimous practice of commitment, dedication, and a way of life in communities of faith for centuries. With such being true, how do we navigate and sustain ourselves during seasons of broken covenant? This service will begin to unearth the narrative facets of the time many of us spend in the land between a broken covenant and our endeavors toward renewal and reception of a new covenant. Please join worship associate Diane Ross and Ministerial Resident Danny Givens, Jr., as we share our collective truths and personal experiences.
Offering recipient: Volunteer Transport
November 23: Thanksgiving Family Sunday
Once again the whole church family gathers at the table to sing songs of gratitude and give thanks for the bounty of our lives. Rob and Janne will be joined by worship associate Conor McGill and the Rev. K.P. Hong our Director of Religious Education.
On Family Sundays, children experience the entire worship service 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 five years of age.
Offering recipient: Unity's Partner Church Ministry Team
November 30: Keepers of the Flame — Lindasusan Ulrich
How and when do we fulfill our promises? Whether personal, political, or prophetic, the way we follow through on our commitments points to our true beliefs. Hallman Ministerial Intern Lindasusan Ulrich and worship associate Joan Velasquez explore the connection between our loyalties and our actions.
Offering recipient: Sharing Korner Food Shelf
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