Worship Schedule

February Ministry Theme - Breaking Through

February 3, 2019: Breaking Through the Cage of Complicity: Darnisa Amante and Rev. Eric Jackson of DEEP will participate in our worship this Sunday. We will explore the modern reading, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou, and the ancient reading of the story of Moses from the Hebrew Scriptures. We will think about the ways we remain complicit in the face of racial oppression in our society. In some form or another, we are all privileged and oppressed. Yet, how do we break free from the very real fear that can lock us in our own cages of complicity? How can we become advocates for equality, building a just world where all can belong? Rev. Jackson, Senior Minster at Brookside Congregational Church in NH and chair of New Hampshire's Poor People's Campaign, is preaching.

Sunday, February 10, 2019: With Unarmed Truth and Unconditional Love (rescheduled from 1/20/19 snow cancellation): In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace prize in 1964, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke these words. Those closest to Dr. King speculate that the trajectory of his work for the poor would have led him toward work for climate justice, which most deeply impacts the most disenfranchised peoples. Alfred Brownell will share his award-winning work in climate justice, as we ask ourselves: "How well are we living out Dr. King's vision today?" Rev. Lisa preaching.

Sunday, February 17, 2019: Moving Forward by Looking Back: How we move ahead during tumultuous times. As we deepen our awareness of the injustice of racism, we are eager to press for progress. But to really understand our context, and make deep change, we need to understand our history first. The Rev. Mary Margaret Earl is Executive Director and Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry. In this ministry, she has worked to strengthen bonds between UUs and the Roxbury neighborhood where the UUUM operates. She is on the Moral Movement Massachusetts leadership team, which works to connect faith leaders with those impacted by poverty. Prior to her arrival at the UU Urban Ministry, she spent 10 years at a faith-based nonprofit in RI, serving the homeless community, She is past president of the Board of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, recipient of the Heroes of Faith Award from the Rhode Island State Council of Churches for her interfaith work, and is a longtime vegan committed to standing up for nonhuman animals. Rev. Earl preaching.

Sunday, February 24, 2019: Hidden Hurts: Moving Beyond Shame and Stigma: Diagnoses of mental illness and substance abuse carry socially-imposed stigma for people identified with those labels, as well as for their friends and families. With stigma and labeling comes shame, often causing those affected to hide diagnoses and fail to access the help and support they need. This vicious cycle, exacerbated by societal pressures, has repercussions for all of us. Those "hidden hurts" need to be invited out of the shadows, into the light of love, to receive the healing they deserve. Rev. Lisa preaching.

Ministry Themes for 2018-2019:

Sept. 2018

Blessings of Water

Oct. 2018

Beloved Accompaniment

Nov. 2018

Legacy

Dec. 2018

Illumination

Jan. 2019

Resolution

Feb. 2019

Breaking Through

Mar. 2019

Commitment

Apr. 2019

Fulfilling Prophecy

May 2019

Curiosity

Jun. 2019

Blessing the Journey