January 13, 2019- The Teaching Body

January 14, 2019

“All our bodies are fundamentally good and lovable (Rachel Martin).” What do you feel when you read this statement? What wells up in your consciousness, in your body? Does your breath come a little easier? Does your jaw relax? This Sunday we explore the goodness of our bodies no matter what shape, size or color, and the ways in which our bodies might teach us a deeper kind of interconnectedness and health.

Call to Worship: Jason Berry

Sermon: Rev. Ruth MacKenzie

Music: Franco Holder


January 6, 2018 - Remembrance Sunday

January 9, 2019

Wisdom Story: Badger's Parting Gifts, Susan Varley- Lauren Wyeth

Reading: My Mother's Belly, Sonya Renee Taylor - Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink

Homily: Rev. Justin Schroeder

Guest Musicians: The OK Factor


December 30, 2018 - Watch Night

January 2, 2019

Call to Worship: Youth Cultural Exchange

Homily: Rev. Karen Hutt

Piano: Franco Holder


December 23, 2018 - Spiritual Survival

December 27, 2018

Creating and finding sanctuary are spiritual survival skills. In this time when so much is broken and so many of us feel broken, how can we create sanctuary for ourselves and others? Come and know again the light that can shine through the broken places in us all.

Call to Worship: Janell Hill

Sermon: Rev. Jen Crow

Piano: Franco Holder


December 16, 2018 - Gloria, by Antonio Vivaldi + Stories of Sanctuary

December 20, 2018

First Universalist Choir, directed by Dr. Randal Buikema, lead this worship service with a performance of Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi, with "Stories of Sanctuary" in between movements.

Hidden inside this seasonal classic is a story of sanctuary. Vivaldi wrote Gloria for Ospedale della Pieta’, a charitable institution established in the 14th century to house and care for orphaned and abandoned children. To support its mission of providing sanctuary for children, the Pieta’ formed a girls orchestra and choir, which became well known throughout Europe. Their most famous teacher and concert master was Vivaldi. You might say that he wrote Gloria to provide sanctuary for forgotten children.



December 9, 2018- The Sanctuary Is Burning

December 10, 2018

Sanctuary is a holy refuge, a place of worship, and a hiding place for migrants.
But what if you keep looking for sanctuary and you can’t find it?
What if sanctuary is elusive to you? What if your sanctuary is on fire? Where do you go for safety?

Call to Worship: Leila Ambrus

Sermon: Rev. Karen Hutt

Piano: Franco Holder



December 2, 2018- Finding Sanctuary In Each Other

December 3, 2018

As we witness migrants in crisis on our southern border and within our own community,
As we witness the myriad ways that humans are in need of safety and greater wholeness,
As we remember the times that we have needed sanctuary ourselves—which may be this very moment-
We ask ourselves: What does it mean to give and receive sacred refuge?
How do we practice sanctuary?

Wisdom Story: Lauren Wyeth

Sermon: Rev. Elaine Aron Tenbrink

Piano: Franco Holder



November 25, 2018- The Big Non-Negotiable

November 26, 2018

All month we’ve been exploring the non-negotiables in our lives. We end this month’s theme by turning to “The Big Non-Negotiable,” that thing that every human being shares as an ultimate non-negotiable, no matter age, gender, race, culture, class, religion, or education. On this Sunday, facing our own mortality, we will fully immerse ourselves in the present moment of life.

Call to Worship: Juliet Ali-Caccamo

Sermon: Rev. Justin Schroeder

Piano music: Franco Holder


November 18, 2018 - Whole, Holy, and Worthy

November 20, 2018

Our Universalist faith is grounded in the belief that each and every person is born whole, holy, and worthy. This means that your dignity and worth (and everyone’s dignity and worth) are non-negotiable. What does it mean for us to live into this truth individually and as a community?

Call to Worship by Suzan Klein, Sermon by Rev. Jen Crow


November 11, 2018 - And Isn’t That Enough?

November 13, 2018

In her poem, “A New National Anthem,” the poet Ada Limon writes, “Perhaps, the truth is, every song of this country has an unsung third stanza, something brutal snaking underneath us as we blindly sing the high notes with a beer sloshing in the stands hoping our team wins.” Over these past two years, the veil has been pulled back on the ugliness that is a part of our country and its founding – racism, anti-semitism, anti-immigrant sentiment, and white nationalism – all of which have been given oxygen by the words and rhetoric of the leaders of our country. It’s enough. It’s enough to destroy our democracy. Enough to destroy our moral compass. It’s enough, and it’s time to sing a new song.

Call to Worship by Daryn Woodson, Sermon by Rev. Justin Schroeder