Upcoming Services

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

October 2018 Services

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

October    7    “Sanctuary:  Sacred or Safe?”

Rev Jonalu Johnstone speaks.  Traditionally, sanctuary is a safe place because it is sacred.  Its sacredness kept soldiers and law enforcers from violating it by seizing people.  With increased secularization and religious pluralism, there’s less agreement on what places are sacred.  At the same time, we can all recognize that some sacred moments are not so safe–the moment of birth, the moment of death.  What’s the relationship between sacredness and safety?  How does it play out in sanctuary?  Convener is Marisa Larson at marisa.larson@gmail.com.

 

October  14    “Protecting and Planning for the Future:  A Children’s Sabbath”

Rev Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan, from the UU Fellowship of Topeka, joins us.  The National Children’s Sabbath initiated by the Children’s Defense Fund provides an opportunity to look at how we are caring for the most vulnerable in our communities–children.  From birth to young adult-hood, what do the children in our communities need from us and what can we do to make sure we are meeting these needs? … This a chance to learn and to commit to advocacy and civic engagement.  How can Kansas be a sanctuary for the healthy growth and development of our youngest citizens?  We begin with a service for adults to consider our shared future.  Convener is Katie Kingery-Page at kingerypage@gmail.com.

 

October  21    “Enlarging Sanctuary:   Making Room for Our Animals … and All of Nature”

A Service for All Ages.  Rev Jonalu Johnstone speaks.  As we struggle with climate change … wild animals encounter more threats.  They are less safe.  Domestic animals get safety and sanctuary from humans.  We will recognize the blessings animals bring to us, and give them blessings in return.  We’ll also consider ways to make room for the species in our lives.  If you have a small, well-behaved, thoroughly trained animal you would like to bring for a blessing, you may do so.  Otherwise, bring a picture of your animal(s) or a stuffed animal.  We’ll say all their names and remember animal companions who have died.  Convener is Rob Morrison at william.robert.morrison@gmail.com.

 

October  28    “From Seeking Sanctuary to Being Sanctuary”

Rev Jonalu Johnstone speaks.  What do we mean when we say UUFM is a Safe Haven?  A safe haven for whom?  From what?  What if we imagine that we are creating a safe haven not for ourselves, but for those who most need a safe haven.  How would that change who and how we are?  Convener to be announced.  Contact Jonalu at revjonalu@uufm.net.

 

[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?