May 2013 Ministry Theme: Enlightenment
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May 5: “What a Long, Strange Trip it’s Been!” Rev. Josh reflects on the power, beauty and insight of the music of the Grateful Dead—one of the most popular bands of all time. Dan Thompson purchased this service at last year’s goods and services auction. Dan and friends will also provide this morning’s music. Coordinator: Rev. Josh Pawelek.
May 12: “Flower Communion Sunday.” This morning we celebrate our annual flower communion. This is a family service; everyone is invited to bring a cut flower (or flowers) to share in the communion ritual. Many wonderful musical surprises will round out this annual celebration of community. Coordinators: Pawel Jura, Vicki Merriam, and Rev. Josh Pawelek.
May 19: “Affirmation Sunday.” Mentors and advisors from years past will share their thoughts about how taking on this crucial role in the lives of our youth enhanced their own spiritual lives. Youth who have graduated from our coming of age program will participate by sharing their music and writing. This will be an enlightening and uplifting worship service. Coordinator: Vicki Merriam, Director of Religious Education.
May 26: “How to Act Like an Enlightened Being.” Our basic nature is enlightened, Buddhism says, but we don’t always act like it. Fortunately, the Buddha described six actions of awakened beings — the Paramitas, or Perfections — that can help you realize your Buddha-nature. They’re also ways of putting our seven UU principles into action. Presenter: Nancy Thompson. Coordinator: Linda Duncan.
June 2: “Pride in the Pulpit.” This morning we welcome Alex Kapitan to our pulpit. Alex is a program coordinator with the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Office of Multicultural Growth and Witness. Alex will speak to the challenges and blessings that arise as congregations seek to expand their welcome to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Coordinator: Rev. Josh Pawelek.