Speaker: Rev. Ben Meyers
Change can be hard – especially, it seems, the most meaningful changes. Letting go – letting go of one way of being to embrace another way or just plain letting someone or something leave your life – can be an act of faith. … read more.
We live in challenging, controversial times. How do we measure up? As Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King reminds us, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands in times of challenge and controversy.” What inspires us toward a future where all people are truly equal? As we celebrate the birthday of the great civil-rights leader, we welcome a return visit by former UUSM Member Mildred Pitts Walter, veteran of the civil-rights era.
Authority is the central question of human endeavor. When Jesus drove the buyers and sellers out from the temple, the chief priests and elders asked him, “By what authority are you doing these things? Who gave you this authority?” This month’s Touchstones journal suggests that “the authority for building beloved community comes from the members of a community who want to live into that new empowering vision, but a leader is needed who shares their vision.” To be effective, that leader must focus first on the “know-why” that informs the vision, then motivate others to make that vision real.
As we welcome Rev. Ben Meyers back to the pulpit following his sabbatical, we welcome the new year with a multigenerational service of letting go and looking ahead. We will ritually burn away that which we wish to leave behind, and plant the seed of that which we would like to grow in the year ahead. Remember to take a poinsettia home to love!
This is Rev. Ben’s last Sunday before his six-month sabbatical begins! He will preach on “Transitions and Transcendence” and pass the torch to the members of our Sabbatical Team who will be in charge of things in his absence. This will also be the choir’s … read more.
Don’t miss our annual Music Festival, featuring both our adult and children’s choirs as well as something for all ages! We will revisit and celebrate the worship themes of this past year, when the theme has been “Let Your Life Speak”. We will also include … read more.
For more than 10 years our congregation has fostered and grown a relationship with the UU congregation of Ulay, on the Philippine island of Negros. During this time there have been six visits to Ulay by UUSM pilgrims, deepening the connection between our … read more.
In this holiday-observance service, we remember our honored dead, commission our Pastoral Care Team, and celebrate our children with a Story for All Ages.
Video Highlights from Sunday Service. Sermon by The Reverend Ben Meyers. Choir sings “A Civil Rights Necrology by Eric Tuan, and “I … read more.