Upcoming Services

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

May 2018 Services

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

May  6  “Creativity is Like … a Metaphor”

Rev Jonalu Johnstone asks, “What is red like?  We can tread familiar paths and find that red is like things that are red–strawberries or apples or blood; or things we associate with red–fire or passion or power.  Or we can take a whole new view.  Red is like microwaves or red is like a long stroll uphill.  Where do new ideas come from and where do they take us?  Creativity pushes us to places we have never seen before and reveals new truth. Individual words and images always have complex associations and nuances that both deepen and confound communication.  To make sense of the unknown, we compare it to what is known.  When we do so in new ways, we have creativity.”  Convener is Rob DeLong at rkdelong@gmail.com.

May 13  “Nurturing Creativity”

Reverend Jonalu Johnstone leads this service.  Many people claim to not be creative.  Creativity, though, is not a particular talent but more a way of understanding and interpreting the world.  As our children need to be nurtured by loving parents, so do traits like creativity need to be nurtured to grow into their best selves.  As we celebrate Mother’s Day, we will also create a work of art with flowers.  Bring a flower and take a different one home.  Convener is Mark Clarke at ibyte64@gmail.com.

May   20   “Wisdom from UU Teens”

The 7 and Up Class will share thoughts and lessons learned from the UUA Virtue Ethics curriculum.  Concepts to explore and challenge include: moderation, integrity, respect, fairness, responsibility, compassion, humility, generosity, courage, forgiveness, and loyalty.  Music composed by Chris Banner and performed by a university tuba player will also be a special treat during this month of creativity!  Convener is Molly McGaughey at molly_mcgaughey@hotmail.com.

May   27   “Creative Nonviolence”

Rev Jonalu Johnstone presents this service.  As we remember those who have died in service to the nation, we also wonder whether we will always resort to war.  Our nation struggles around how to balance diplomacy with self-defense. Even in our personal lives, we find it hard to know how to proceed when we come to a place of conflict.  No one wants to give in and look weak.  Nor do we want to escalate a problem so that violence becomes inevitable.  Are there different ways to navigate our responses to challenges from others?  Can we bring creativity to nonviolence?  Convener is Dick Beeman at rbeeman@cox.net.

 

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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?