Upcoming Services

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

October 2017 Services

Our theme in October explores What Does It Mean to be a People of Courage?

October  1    “Courage to Go Deep: Leaning into Vulnerability”

Rev Jonalu Johnstone speaks.  Traditionally, we see courage as an outward virtue–facing down foes, defending challenged principles. First, though, there must be a center from rise. The first step in courage is facing our vulnerabilities, so our courage is not bravado or ego, but we are acting out of our full authentic selves. How do we face our real helplessness and liabilities in order to grow into courage?  Convener is Kim Belanger at kgardenbelanger@yahoo.com.

Fellowship friends are invited to join us for Path to Membership, following the service, from 12:15 to 1:15 pm. Learn more on pages 5 and 7 of the October newsletter.

October  8   “Courage to Face New Truths: Decentering Whiteness”

Rev Jonalu Johnstone presents this service. One of the greatest challenges of life is to face the myths and unconscious assumptions that underlie how we move through life. Black Lives UU has again asked congregations this October to participate in a “White Supremacy Teach-In.” This week, the day before Indigenous People’s Day (a re-visualization of Columbus Day), we face the truths that support a decentering of whiteness, as we learn from people of color and indigenous people. Convener is Rob Morrison at william.robert.morrison@gmail.com.

October 15   “Courage: What Does It Mean to Find Your Brave Space?”

Contact/convener is Jessica Sievers at sieversj@gmail.com.

We hope everyone will be able to join us following the October 15 service for our annual Pancake Brunch. Learn more on pages 5 and 7 of the October newsletter.

October 22   “Courage to Stand Firm: The ‘I Can Do No Other’ Moment”

Rev Jonalu Johnstone speaks this morning.  Five hundred years ago this month, Martin Luther posted his theses that began the Reformation. When asked to recant, he declared “Here I stand; I can do no other.” Courage comes when any other alternative simply will not do, if we are to maintain our integrity. We’ll examine that “I can do no other” moment, as it’s reflected in other lives and in our own.  Convener is Susan Adamchak at sadamchak@kansas.net.

Jonalu leads an exploration of UU History and Theology, following the service on October 22.  Learn more on page 3 of the October newsletter.

October 29   “Courage to Let Go: Commemorating Death”

Rev Jonalu Johnstone speaks.  As we approach All Souls Day and the Day of the Dead, we recognize the mortality that surrounds us, remember our own dead, and bravely face forward, knowing we, too, are mortal. Though death is the biggest letting go, we face little deaths all the time as we let go of relationships, objects, and ideas. Learning to let go equips us to face our own inevitable deaths.  Convener is Mark Clarke at ibyte64@gmail.com.

Join us following the October 29 service in the lower parking lot, for our annual Trunk or Treat celebration.  Learn more on pages 4 and 7 of the October newsletter.


[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 ?