Speaker: The Sunday Services Committee

Beyond the Partisan Divide: The Unheard Voices of Unitarian Universalist Conservatives

This staged reading, written by  Rev.  Anya Sammler-Michael, is based  on Marjorie Bowen-Wheatley’s prized litany, Reading 575, in Singing the Living Tradition: A Litany of Restoration. Notes Sammler-Michael, “Unitarian Universalists too often sacrifice the opportunity to go deeper and investigate understanding as well as collaboration with their UU brothers and sisters with different political perspectives. This play is one attempt to heal what has been broken and must be restored if we are indeed going to be a religion for our time.”

The Joy of Music

“Love is Friendship Set to Music.” – These words by Joseph Campbell remind us that within our Amherst UnItarian Universalist family there are a remarkable number of talented musicians. Let us celebrate these friends together: hearing their stories, their music and the wisdom of the great musicians and philosophers. If you would like to read some short quotes, please arrive by 10:15 on Sunday to practice your lines. All are welcome.

A New Day

The new year is a fertile time for vision and revision. On this first Sunday of 2017, let’s take a breath and reflect on what this past year has brought us, and invite intention and hope into this still unformed year. With music, singing, and ritual, we will consider what the New Year invites for each of us.

SERMON: Earth’s Crammed with Heaven

A service offered by the Sunday Services Committee and written by The Rev. Cindy Frado
As autumn begins to wane, today’s service and sermon will be an homage to the season, and all that it has to teach us about our own brilliance. If you have returned from all your holiday travels, consider joining us for this lovely service that speaks to heart of every season.

SERMON: Courage and Sacrifice: The Story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp

We will focus on the difficult sacrifices Unitarian minister Rev. Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha, as well as other courageous humanitarians, have made during wartime in order to serve what they believed to be a greater good. The Sharps are honored as two of only five Americans to be named “Righteous Among Nations” (non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during World War II) at Vad Yashem.

Blessings

What does it mean to bless one another? Is it an expression of good wishes?  Is a blessing something we say or something we do — a religious ritual or a way of living our lives? These questions from the Rev. Dan Schatz, minister at the Unitarian Congregation of West Chester, PA, will be discussed on the last day of the year. We will also participate in our annual ritual of writing our personal wishes for the new year and releasing them in a ceremony of hope.
Musicians who would like to share their music at this service should contact Carol Rothery at carolrothery@comcast.net before December 22.