Archive for April 2021

April 25, 2021- Transformational Practice- Rev. Jen Crow

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Each week, we encourage and inspire one another in our transformational spiritual practices. Together, we practice recovery from racism and white supremacy culture. We practice connection with ourselves, each other, the earth, and the holy. We practice creating community that embodies love, joy, and liberation. We practice not to arrive at some one-and-done finish line, but to transform and be transformed. This Sunday, April 25, we gather strength for the journey of transformation.

Words of Welcome- Rev. Jen Crow (:29)

Wisdom Story- Aimee K. Bryant (2:18)

Prayer and Cycle of Life- Rev. Arif Mamdani (8:38)

Message- Transformational Practice- Rev. Jen Crow (14:27)

Welcoming Our Newest Members- Rev. Arif Mamdani (35:04)

 

April 18, 2021- The Paradise of Unbroken Solidarities- Rev. Jen Crow

Monday, April 19th, 2021

In the midst of unending human-made sorrow, how can we feel what we need to feel and keep on moving toward transformation? How will we ever find the Universalist paradise of a circle wide enough to include us all and a love so strong that it will not let any one of us go? Author Rebecca Solnit offers up this possibility: perhaps paradise is as simple as unbroken solidarity. This Sunday, April 18, we explore the possibility of a world of unbroken solidarities.

Words of Welcome- Rev. Jen Crow (:21)

Wisdom Story for All Ages- Rev. Arif Mamdani (3:09)

Musical Response- Motherless Child - Aimee K. Bryant and Franco Holder (8:34)

Prayer - Julica Hermann de la Fuente and Lauren Wyeth (12:00)

Message, pt. 1- Yahanna Mackbee (15:58)

Musical Response- Ella's Song- Ani Peichel (23:47)

Message, pt. 2- The Paradise of Unbroken Solidarities, Rev. Jen Crow- (25:45)

April 11, 2021- The Holy Fool- Rev. Justin Schroeder

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Sometimes we think of the religious life as serious and staid. But in every faith and spiritual tradition, there exists a trickster, fool, clown, jester, buffoon, or “simpleton” that disrupts, mocks, pokes fun at, and questions authority—religious and otherwise. The purpose of the “holy fool” is to upend what we think we know, to shatter our perceptions of what is real, and to reveal a deeper truth. Play, playfulness, riddles, and humor are all tools of the “holy fool,” designed to snap us out of our waking slumber, out of our certainty, and into a new understanding of life and ourselves. In this time of environmental collapse, of racial justice uprising, of life altered by a pandemic, what might we learn from the “holy fools” of history, from the “holy fools” of our own time, and how might we embody and practice holy foolishness? Worship on Sunday, April 11 at 10 a.m. includes a story for all ages, sharing our joys and concerns, special music, and a message.

Words of Welcome- Rev. Justin Schroeder (:31)

Wisdom Story- Aimee K. Bryant (5:54)

Prayer and Cycle of Life (10:50)

Anthem- Concerto: A Pandemic-Inspired Performance- Members of First Universalist Choir; Dr. Randy Buikema, conductor; Franco Holder, pianist (17:32)

Message- The Holy Fool- Rev. Justin Schroeder (23:11)

April 4, 2021-Practicing Resurrection in this Moment - Rev. Justin Schroeder

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Easter is about new life, new hope, and resurrection of the spirit in the face of despair. Easter speaks to a miraculous force and a love that is stronger than death. In this time of global pandemic and this time of the trial of Derek Chauvin (which has global implications), how do we make sense of Easter? Easter speaks to the timeless cycle of death and rebirth, and this Easter, we ask, “Given the world as it is, what in us might die, so that something new and life giving might be born?” 

 

Words of Welcome- Rev. Justin Schroeder (:30)

Wisdom Story - Lauren Wyeth (5:31)

Interlude- Lo The Earth Awakes Again- Members of First Universalist Choir

Message pt. 1- Practicing Resurrection in this Moment- Rev. Justin Schroeder (13:28)

Special Music- Lift Every Voice and Sing- Give Get Sistet (26:41)

Message pt. 2- Practicing Resurrection in this Moment- Rev. Justin Schroeder and Julica Hermann de la Fuente (28:44)

Hymn- Over My Head- Aimee K. Bryant and Franco Holder (39:41)

 


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