Sunday morning services begin at 10:45 am, at the Fellowship building, 481 Zeandale Road in Manhattan (get directions).

June 2019 Services

Our theme this month explores What Does It Mean to be a People of Beauty?

June   2    “The Beauty of What Is”

Rev Jonalu Johnstone presents this service.  So often, we limit our idea of beauty to what is symmetrical, what is immediately pleasing, what is close to perfection.  What if we could find the beauty in what is, even when it is imperfect and transient?  We might learn something from the Japanese concept of “wabi sabi.”  Perhaps, then, we could learn how beauty really is more than skin deep.  Our convener is Les Loschky at loschky@gmail.com

June   9    “The Beauty of Nature”

Rev Jonalu Johnstone presents this Service for All Ages.   UU’s often turn to nature for consolation and to understand the lessons of life.  With that in mind, we’ll recreate the Flower Ceremony, bringing together the rich diversity of flowers and comparing it to the rich diversity of humanity.  We’ll also see how this ceremony, created and spread by Norbert and Maja Capek, inspires us to higher commitments.  Please bring a flower, and you will be invited to take a different one home.  Our convener is Terry Hardley at tfregapane@gmail.com.

June 16    “The Beauty of Art”  

Rev Jonalu Johnstone speaks.  Art and beauty are not equivalent but they go hand in hand.  We cannot consider the beauty of art without recognizing that we have somehow learned particular notions of what is beautiful.  What’s more, we tend to identify what is beautiful with what is good.  But beautiful art may not be good, and good art may not be beautiful.  What does the creative process teach us about beauty?  Our convener is Christopher Renner at renner1974@gmail.com.

June 23    “How Did We Get Here?  Exploring Conditions that Create Inequities”   

We welcome Debra Bolton, Director, Intercultural Learning and Academic Success at K-State.  Marisa Larson, at marisa.larson@gmail.com, convenes.  Following the service, join us as Debra leads a workshop exploring Diversity, Inclusion, and Intercultural Learning.  More on pages 4 and 7 of the June newsletter.

June 30    “The Beauty of the Rainbow:  Celebrating Fifty Years of Progress Since Stonewall” 

Rev Jonalu Johnstone speaks.  We are called to protect what we know is beautiful.  Fifty years ago this week, a motley collection of people–trans, gay, bisexual and lesbian–joined together to protect themselves.  How does beauty inspire the fight for justice?  How far have we come?  And what’s next in the pursuit of beauty and justice?  Our convener is Larry Weaver at lweaver@phys.ksu.edu.

[Archive of Service Summaries and Audio Files]

Previous monthly themes –

March 2017   What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Risk?
April 2017      What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Transformation?
May 2017       What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Embodiment?
June 2017      What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Joy?
Sept 2017       What Does It Mean to be a People of Welcome?
Oct 2017         What Does It Mean to be a People of Courage?
Nov 2017        What Does It Mean to be a People of Abundance
Dec 2017        What Does It Mean to be a People of Hope?
Jan 2018        What Does It Mean to be a People of Intention?
Feb 2018        What Does It Mean to be a People of Perseverance?
March 2018   What Does It Mean to Be a People of Balance?
April 2018      What Does It Mean to be a People of Emergence?
May 2018       What Does It Mean to be a People of Creativity?
June 2018      What Does It Mean to be a People of Blessing?
Sept 2018       What Does It Mean to be a People of Vision?
Oct 2018         What Does It Mean to be a People of Sanctuary?
Nov 2018        What Does It Mean to be a People of Memory?
Dec 2018        What Does It Mean to be a People of Mystery?
Jan 2019        What Does It Mean to be a People of Possibility?
Feb 2019        What Does It Mean to be a People of Trust?
March 2019   What Does It Mean to be a People of Journey?
April 2019      What Does It Mean to be a People of Wholeness?
May 2019       What Does It Mean to be a People of Curiosity?

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