This Sunday 

Planting the Seeds of Hope 

Lay Leader: Lisa Sporleder  Speakers: Scarlet Hopkins, Pam Miller, and Melissa Sikes

How do we plant seeds for renewal, rebirth, growth, and regeneration? How do we keep hope alive and nurtured?

A Mindful Journey 

Lay Leader: Laurie Walton Speaker: Susan Grace

Practicing mindfulness is a daily practice that is often a challenge. When we do practice this we open our hearts to incredible experiences and it helps us be reminded of lessons learned. Susan will share some of her experiences from her recent trip to Asia.

 

 

On Poverty 

Lay Leader: Jana Peirce Speaker: Paul Blackburn

Money. How much is enough? How much is too little? Too much? Come ponder this age-old question with stories about soup kitchens and mega-yachts. Paul Blackburn grew up an Episcopal PK and became a UU in college. He serves as the Worship Coordinator, Pledge Team leader and a musician for his fellowship in Hood River, OR, and as the Stewardship Volunteer for the PNWD. He and his family enjoy skiing and biking and the local fruits of northern Oregon.

‘Isms’ Where We Have Packaged Gods 

Lay Leader: Cam Leonard Speaker: Walt Benesh

Human beings and the various theological ‘isms’ in which they have wrapped and packaged their Gods.

Envisioning our Ministerial Future 

Lay Leaders: Ministerial Futures Committee

Discussion of the results from our survey and possibilities for the future of UUFF.

Love is Like a Box of Chocolates 

Lay Leader: Jana Peirce  Accompanist: Laurel Holmes

A heart shaped box of chocolates brings thoughts of romance and candlelight and, well…er, Hallmark and Whitman’s Candies.  Valentine’s Day has become commercialized—or maybe it started out that way—but our lives are nonetheless filled with the genuine article: love in all its complexity and variation. We will spend some time today exploring the many shapes love assumes in our lives – love of parents and children, pets or cheese, and yes, even the romantic variety that gets so much air play.  We’ve asked an assortment of people to give us their thoughts on love — in word, verse and song — each in 1-3 minute bite-sized morsels. And when they are through everyone will get a piece of chocolate as part of the chocolate communion that concludes our service. As Lucy says in Peanuts, “All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!”

Love in Many Faces 

Lay Leader: Barbara Clark  Worship Leader Rev. Sarah Schurr

Many gay and lesbian couples are now celebrating the freedom to marry, after years of not possessing that right.   This break-through comes in part due to the UUA’s Standing on the Side of Love campaign.  This service will explore the many faces of love and family.

Martin the Visitor 

Lay Leader: Nicole Stewart Worship Leader Rev. Sarah Schur

It seems that Martin Luther King Jr. briefly attended a UU Church but found that it was not a good place from which to launch his work on justice. Our heart is in the right place. What has kept us from being that beacon of justice we could  be?

The Source of All That Is: A Discussion About God 

Lay Leader: Frida Shroyer  Speaker: Bre Griffin

This week’s service will be a discussion based on the introductory meeting for the Elementary class’ curriculum, “Stories About God.”  We will have time to discuss our ideas and feelings about “God.”

Out of a Mountain of Despair, a Stone of Hope 

Lay Leader: Susan Grace Speaker: Jeanne Olson

How can we begin to dismantle racism in our heart and minds? How can we dismantle it in the structures of our society? Are all humans racist when they are born? What transformations might we hope for?

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