Services are held each Sunday at 214 Main Street South (in the First Church building) in Woodbury at 11:15 a.m., unless otherwise noted, followed by coffee, tea and conversation. Note: Children join us for the first part of the service, and then go to Religious Education classes.
Sunday, October 1, 2017 – “A Conversation with Bilal Tajildeen” Presented by Bilal Tajildeen and Sarah Baskin. Sarah and Bilal will talk about his interests since graduating from UConn with an English degree in May 2014. A lifelong Waterbury resident, Bilal’s parents immigrated to Waterbury from Lebanon in the 1980s. He works at the Connecticut Community Foundation primarily in two focus areas: youth development and grassroots initiatives. His responsibilities include grantmaking, facilitating community conversations, and listening to the needs, desires and hopes of Waterbury residents.
Sunday, October8, 2017 – “When Everyone Has Enough” Presented by Rev. Linda Hoddy. Economists, politicians and religious leaders are worried about the effects of growing income inequality in our country. The Unitarian Universalist Association has named it as our study action issue for 2014-2018. In this sermon, we explore what the religious traditions have to say about amassing and sharing wealth, and how those practices affect our spiritual lives.
Sunday, October 15, 2017 – “Summer’s End” Presented by Jane Burns. Every season of the year requires something different from us. The “without is the within,” according to the shamanic vision of the ancients–our human ancestors. As we descend into the season of Samhain, which means “summer’s end” in Gaelic and is our Halloween, we enter the dark half of the year, and we are encouraged to be mindful, to stay awake and to let go. We will visit the Celtic tale of “The Burning of Tara” and learn how to be watchful of the within and why.
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – “Thus, Do We Covenant” Presented by Rev. Linda Hoddy. “Covenant” is one of those religious words we UU’s threw out, but which has made its way back into our language and our consciousness. Originally, it referred to promises made between a people and their gods. Christendom speaks of the “covenant of marriage”, promises made not only between two people but between them and that which is most sacred, their God. We read together each week a “covenant”, and we also have a lengthy “behavioral covenant” of how we want to be together. We’ll explore those AND what we might want to covenant to DO together in service to our larger community, as well as how we want to be together.
Sunday, October 29, 2017 – “Festival of the Dead” Halloween is now a secular holiday that has lost its religious association with saints and souls of the beloved dead. There are still many people who celebrate festivals of the dead, many of them at this time of year. One of the most elaborate festivals is el Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, observed in Mexico and other Latin American countries as well as part of the United States. During this service, we embrace rituals that may enable us to find comfort in the understanding that life and death are one. ** If you would like to participate by telling a story and or sharing a memory about their beloved dead please contact Christine Edelson email@example.com before October 20. Please bring photos or other mementos of those who have had meaning in your life. We will include them with ofrenda on our Dia de los Muertos altar. ** During this service, children and adults are welcome to wear their Halloween costume and the children will collect for UNICEF during the offering.
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