December 3: Great Expectations

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

The Advent season is often described as a time of expectation and hope, but there are differences between these two attitudes. Expectations can be attached to specific outcomes, often leading to disappointment. Hope is not as defined by time or specificity and has room for set-backs and struggle. How do we stay hopeful in this difficult time?

 Simultaneous children’s religious education

November 12: The Myths We Live By

10 AM, Rev. Patience Stoddard

Understanding the difference between a myth and a historical fact is one of the many things that differentiates the UU approach to faith from that of the more orthodox traditions. However, in our personal and cultural lives this clarity can be difficult to perceive and act upon. What are some of the myths we live by and may need to challenge in order to grow?

November 5: Choosing, Not Chosen

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

Unitarianism and Universalism share a rejection of of the concept that only people with certain beliefs are “chosen.” Instead, we stress the importance of individuals and communities being empowered to choose what they believe and the values they live by. What does it mean to be a “chooser”?  In today’s world?

Simultaneous children’s religious education

October 22: The Why of Restorative Circles

10 AM ~ led by the Restorative Circles group

Last May, a group of eight from the UUCUV attended an all-weekend training event in the skills and methods of the Restorative Circle method of conflict resolution.  Communities in conflict join in a circle to speak and be heard.  The powerful question “Did I hear you right?” makes this format an exercise in mutual respect and understanding.

The Restorative Circle Facilitators Group, which meets monthly to practice their skills, will lead a service on the history of Restorative Justice, the plan behind the circles, and what we see as a method of conflict resolution which honors the inherent worth and dignity of all persons.

Come hear about multi-partiality and practice reflective listening with us!

Simultaneous children’s religious education