Sunday Service 10 AM
Worship Service Theme: Finding a Path to Peace
October 2, 2016 The Importance of Place The Covenants We Make to the Earth Speaker: Gary Pabst
As we celebrate water communion we will visit our attachments to place. We are all intimately tied to our physical and biological environment. The Biologist, Edward O. Wilson introduced the biophilia hypothesis suggesting that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. This leads us to recall our 7th principle “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence.” And finally, what does this mean for our reaction to the reality of human caused climate disruption.
Worship Service Theme: “Expressions of American Life”
October 9, 2016 Expressions of Beauty
Honoring Native American Day with Bryan Akipa and JR LaPlante
The rich culture, history and spirit of our Lakota-Dakota-Nakota neighbors will fill our sanctuary leading up to Native American Day which is Monday, October 10th. Bryan Akipa is a traditional flute player performing on wood flutes he has carved. An enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, Bryan received the 2016 National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. In the pulpit will be JR LaPlante, enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, attorney, Avera Director of Tribal Relations, and South Dakota’s first cabinet Secretary of Tribal Relations (2011 – 2014), who will share “Reflections on Native American Day in South Dakota.”
October 16, 2016 Expressions of the Protectors Speaker: Matthew West
October 23, 2016 Expressions of Truth “What is Truth?” Speaker: Peter Holland
The search for truth is the religious/spiritual core of modern Unitarian Universalism and it distinguishes our church from others who at their core dispense truth. What are the consequences of this search for us and for the larger society? How should we conduct our search? What standards of truth surround us?
Which ones should we emulate?
October 30, 2016 Expressions of RemembranceRemembering Our Loved Ones Together Speaker: Shared Remembrances
The fall season is a time when many cultures and religions around the world honor loved ones who have passed. During this shortened service, we will explore some of those traditions, especially Samhaim, the Fall Pagan rite. Children and adults will be invited to light a candle and share a picture, food item, or totem that reminds them of a loved one who has passed. Those who have participated in a Religious Education activity during the month of October will share a shrine piece they have made themselves. After the shortened service, people will choose a memorial project to create and add to the shrine. This memorial will be a growing tribute as we continue to add pieces through November 27th when we will use the alter as a centerpiece to celebrate our passage from grief to gratitude.
*Be sure to gather up special pieces you would like to use as a tribute to a loved one. These could be recipes, favorite sayings, honors and awards, pictures, articles of clothing, old jewelry, etc.
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