Though our constitution prohibits our governments interfering with or promoting religious beliefs or practices, our religious expressions have always influenced our civic sphere. In this time when the bonds of our society are fraying, how might the practice of our congregational democracy be just the balm needed?
All Souls choir celebrates the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein's birthday with a performance of The Lark. Bernstein wrote music to accompany a Lillian Hellman adaptation of the French play about the trial and execution of Joan of Arc. The play examines themes of courage, resistance, sense of self, and fire of commitment.
We hear music that lifts our spirits and enhances the messages we hear from the pulpit every week, but why do we rarely see dance in church, or associate it with being spiritual? Sandy Reiberg (pictured), former dancer with the Ballet Theater of the Virgin Islands and local dance teacher, describes the historical connections between dance and religion and how it can enhance what we do to enrich our own spirits.
Cultures around the world are marked and differentiated by different dances, which help us to remember our traditions, culture, and our duties to ourselves and others. We can sometimes see this more clearly when we explore beyond our original culture, as Wole Soyinka's "Death and the King's Huntmen" allows us to do.
The theme of our sabbatical period with Rev. Anastassia was "Dance,” and its purpose was to allow us mutually, as minister and congregation, to discover and practice a new “dance” together. In this three-week worship series we will explore how congregational life and shared ministry is a dance. What are its patterns and rhythms? How do we partner, leading and taking cues? What emotions do we experience? What accompaniment do we need? How can we learn to move nimbly or quickly when needed, and ultimately ensure that we are enjoying the dance in the process?
We delve into the reality that some of us have less abundance in our wells, and how we can ensure all have access to clean spiritual and literal wells. Come hear from our past Student Minister Cindy Schaefer about Coal-Ash contamination in our reservoirs - and what we can do about it.
Rev. Anastassia Zinke returns!
Join us in saying "Thank you, Rev. Bill" on his last Sunday before Rev. Anastassia's return!
A multi-generational service including a Backpack Blessing and Water Communion. The sermon will be the first in a five-part series on the theme of Wells.
Let's celebrate our natural religious curiosity by answering questions given by the congregation!
Julica Hermann de la Fuente is in our pulpit for one last time this summer to complete the series on exploring the Cycle of Change. This time around, we won't just talk and think about change, we will also experience it together. Join us for a celebration of the power of community through music as we experience what it's like to hang together through change.
How do you find comfort amindst chaos? Where do you turn to feel safe and peaceful when the world is harsh and cruel? Let's explore the symbol of water as a rejuvenating source.
What can we learn from Unitarian and Universalist history that can inform how we engage with major justice issues of today? How has our history shaped where we are called to move in this moment in history?
Coming of Age is the UU-affirmation program to help our youth ponder the questions of the universe and share their perspective with the congregation.
The first step is usually the hardest one to take. The issues closest to us are usually the most challenging to address. How can we start close in and grow out in our own lives? In our lives together as a community? Why is this our best path to growth and wholeness?
This Sunday, we welcome our incoming Minister of Congregational Life, Rev. Kayla Parker. Kayla will be providing pastoral care, directing adult programming within the congregation, and growing our engagement outside the congregation.
We don’t always have to fight for all the good that comes our way; sometimes Beloved Community perches itself near us. Sometimes, gloriously, we have open minds and loving hearts and discover that we have found ourselves unexpectedly in Beloved Community. Rev. Anastassia preaching.
Sometimes Beloved Community is created by an opening of heart spirit within our souls. We may feel love and compassion suddenly open our heart, but we are each capable every day of doing this important soul work. Rev. Anastassia preaching.
“Beloved Relationship: Transcending the Walls”: The Beloved Community is so precious because human beings require both connection and a feeling of significance, yet the world – its inequities, injustices, and sometimes just simple hatred -- seem to keep Beloved Community beyond our reach. We sometimes do not have the strength to remake the world, but we can still build relationships of Beloved Community that transcend these barriers. Rev. Anastassia preaching.
Rev. Dr. David Eaton said that we should seek out and find the Beloved Community, and if we cannot find it, then we should create it. We have created a type of Beloved Community at All Souls: a place where we know and are known, forgive and are forgiven, where we are challenged to live our values, and where our memories are formed. If the walls of our church could speak, they would bear witness to acts of covenant, presence, and ritual. These three form the bonds that keep love in. Rev. Anastassia preaching, featuring Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout with the All Souls Choir.
On this Easter Sunday, we recognize the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. We know that human beings both require and desire connection with one another, yet our cultures, our fears, even our laws sometimes insist on dividing us. This Easter Sunday, we will remember human examples of people who transgress false boundaries to establish relationship. During the service, we will enact our Flower Communion ritual. We invite each person to bring a flower to contribute. Rev. Anastassia preaching, with Alex Mulligan, guest musicians, and the All Souls Choir performing music from Glory and Hamilton
Let's go to the heart of honesty by exploring where we are honest with ourselves and where we are truthful in relationships. We will explore ways to develop honesty authentically within ourselves. How do we honor our inner truth? And there are times when being honest with others can feel like a risk. How do we discern where to be honest and where to keep out thoughts to ourselves? Rev. Lane Campbell, Minister of Religious Education, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Ohio preaching, with the All Souls Choir.