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2023/02/05 "What Are You Afraid Of?" with Rev. Peter Connolly

All of us find ourselves confronting things that cause us fear and anxiety, enough so that sometimes we find ourselves overwhelmed. Today, we'll talk about some of the conditions that cause this great discomfort and sort out the responses that might be most helpful. ...

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2023/01/29 "Lessons from the Streets" with Rev. Peter Connolly

Description: Not every job we hold in life will function as a vocation, but in whatever role we find ourselves, we can find some measure of meaning and purpose if we invest ourselves in it. ...

2023/01/22 "A Year of Challenge and Growth" with Rev. Peter Connolly

In 2023, our church looks forward to assessing our status as a religious institution in the community and planning for a future of growth and promise. Today, we’ll begin a conversation based on church members’ thoughts and feelings, designed to move us forward in recognizing and establishing our sense of identity. ...

2023/01/15 "Needed Now! A Taste of Sweet Honey in The Rock" with Adrienne Williams

Today's message is a personal testament to the a cappella, African American women's ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock... and, particularly, to the group's seminal freedom fighters, influences and shepherds, Drs. Bernice Johnson Reagon and Ysaye Maria Barnwell. For over forty years Sweet Honey's music has served as elixir and spirit guide in times of struggle. Let's sing!
Adrienne Williams, a longtime member of this church, is a retiree from the many fields of "education."
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2023/01/08 "Good and Evil" with Norm Grenier

Have you been turning off the news lately? Another war, another shooting, millions of incompressible votes, a raging climate, and so it goes on and on. The times we live in compel us to face the problem of evil. Can we make sense of all this? Today's presentation will be by Norm Grenier, longtime congregant and student of the psychology of Carl Jung. ...

2023/01/01 "Advice to Sheila," by Rev. Peter Connolly

As Unitarian Universalists, we are encouraged to embark on a search for our own sense of meaning and purpose. How do we respond to the challenge, then, of maintaining a cohesive and effective religious tradition? Today's sermon was read by Natalie Johnson while Rev. Connolly was at home in accordance with our church's health policies. ...

2022/12/24 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

The Christmas Eve service is a celebration of this holy time with music, meditations, carols and a Nativity. Music will include Shelley Otis on Celtic Harp, the Chalice Choir, solos, and ensembles. ...

2022/12/18 "Seeking Peace Amidst Violence" by Rev. Peter Connolly

The fourth Sunday of Advent commemorates the gift of peace. How can we seek peace amidst violence, both in our world and in ourselves? Bob Waterman read a sermon from 2016 provided by Rev. Peter Connolly, who stayed home as part of our church's health policy. ...

2022/12/11 "Innocence and Experience" with Rev. Peter Connolly

On the third Sunday of Advent, we think about what brings us joy, looking through the lens of innocence and experience, especially via the poetry of William Blake. ...

2022/12/4 "A Season of Love" with Rev. Peter Connolly

Download sermon text: https://tinyurl.com/yazj6jzm
The second Sunday of Advent commemorates the gift of love. Love has so many meanings, though. What does love mean for UUs in the season of Advent? Download the text of Rev. Connolly's sermon,
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2022/11/27 "An Experience in Listening" with Susan Hotchkiss and Music Friends

Join us for a musical Sunday designed to explore the ways in which we not only hear but actively listen to words, to music, to silence. This new twist on Sunday worship features a quirky piece called Cosmic Festival sung by a Chalice Ensemble, accompanied by electronic sounds, and sung from a score set in a spiral. ...

2022/11/13 "Finding Our Place in the Interdependent Web" with Rev. Peter Connolly

The high rate of poverty and poor health in Appalachia is directly related to exploitation of both the population and the natural resources. Today's sermon will explore the relationship between social justice and ecological justice. ...

2022/11/6 "Living in the Real World" with Rev. Peter Connolly.

In the "real world" that we live in, we find meaning where we can and pleasure when we're able. In whatever way our days develop,we can't help living in the "real world" of the 21st century United States. How do we respond when we find that some people's real world is "realer" than our own? ...