Worship Services at Unity Church
During the church year (the Sunday after Labor Day through the third Sunday in May) worship services are held at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 4:30 p.m., except where noted. 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.
October Sunday Worship
October 6: Atonement and Forgiveness
How do we find it within ourselves to make room for the possibility of forgiveness? Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs and worship associate Kara Younkin Viswanathan will explore what steps we might take to increase the likelihood of real forgiveness occurring between people. The Litany of Atonement will be shared.
Musicians: Unity Choir (9:00/11:00); The Mirandola Ensemble (4:30)
Offering recipient: Little Kitchen Foodshelf
Soup supper: Chicken wild rice / veggie wild rice
October 13: Pledge Drive Celebration Sunday
All In — Nancy McDonald Ladd
Let me confess something — at times, I tend to keep my cards pretty close to the vest. I assess institutions and initiatives carefully, trying to decide how much of myself to lay out on the table. And yet — these are times, in this faith, in this country, and in this world, that call for us to be all in. These are times when we must be both committed to the power of community and humble in the face of what that commitment asks of us. Using the story of a miracle that happened a long time ago, we'll look at what wonders we can create when we bring everything we are to the common table.
Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd serves as Senior Minister of the River Road Unitarian Universalist congregation in Bethesda, Maryland, where she lives with her spouse, two kids and one badly-behaved cat. She is also on the faculty of Meadville Lombard Theological School, serves as a local and national leader in congregation based community organizing, and recently published her first book, After the Good News; Progressive Faith Beyond Optimism.
Musicians: Unity Choir, Unity Singers, Women's Ensemble, Children's Choir (9:00/11:00); Matthew Valverde, tenor (4:30)
Offering recipient: Voices of Hope
Soup supper: Chili Sunday
October 20: A Fresh Act, a New Chapter
Forgiveness cannot alter the past. But what happens — in our bodies and in the future unfolding — when, as Douglas Steere puts it, forgiveness adds “a fresh act” to a wrong that has occurred? Rev. Karen Hering and worship associate Kevin Harris will consider how forgiveness creates a turning point in the stories of our lives and our world, making possible a new chapter moving in a new direction and, possibly, in new and renewed relationships.
Musicians: Jeffrey Van, guitar; Nick Chalmers, tenor
Offering recipient: Canine Inspired Change
Soup supper: Cuban black bean
October 27: Forgive Our Debts
Some say Jesus came to Jerusalem to declare the Jubilee, the year of starting over. In the year of Jubilee, those in slavery will be set free, the land will be redistributed, and all debts will be forgiven. Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs and worship associate Bob Peskin will wrestle with the question of reparations and how best to move toward a just and lasting peace.
Musicians: Children's Choir, Unity Singers (9:00/11:00); Women's Ensemble (4:30)
Offering recipient: SteppingStone Theatre
Soup supper: Avelgmono
Family and Story Sundays
Family Sundays 2019-20
Family Sundays take place five times each church year:
Story Sundays 2019-20
Story Sundays happen frequently throughout the church year, with children in grades 1-8 beginning in worship with the congregation in the Sanctuary. After the opening hymn, prayers, and children’s message, Workshop Rotation children (grades 1-5) proceed with their Journey Guides to their classrooms for religious education programming while junior high youth (grades 6-8) remain in the sanctuary for the entire worship service.
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