DIRECTIONS TO OUR SUNDAY SERVICES
September, 2016 (PDF)
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SPECIAL SUMMER SERIES CONTINUES IN AUGUST
4:45 - Quiet time of music and contemplation in the Sanctuary.
5:00 - Worship service begins
4:00-4:45 pm - Family Yoga with Quita Payne
5:00 pm - Spiritual Literacy: "Nature" Both historical and primal religions emphasize the importance of the natural world as a reservoir of spiritual meaning. Spiritual literacy enables a new appreciation of the wonders of nature, helps direct us to personal wholeness, a deep respect for the mysteries of life and time, and attentiveness to compassion and Earth etiquette. Facilitated by Harold Wood.
Childrens' RE: Coconut crabs are the inspiration for this week’s lesson. Students will consider the qualities of honesty, perseverance and courage.
4:00-4:45 pm - Drum Circle with Buddy Jones
5:00 pm - Spiritual Literacy: "Leisure" Irish poet Thomas Moore says “It does no good to think moralistically about how much time we waste. Wasted time is usually good soul time.” This session considers how the sacred can be found through leisure activities. Our sabbaths, days off, and vacations help to reveal the spiritual benefits of letting go. The service will include selections of William Blake’s poetry and musical accompaniment by Earl Cruser. Facilitated by Kathleen Parker.
Childrens' RE: Our students will learn facts about crows and make a connection between a crow’s reputation and the way people sometimes label each other or make assumptions about others.
4:00-4:45 pm - Mindful Meditation with Arthur Ogawa
5:00 pm- Spiritual Literacy: "Community" Throughout our lives, we are nourished and sustained by communities. They fulfill our yearning for support, solidarity, and meaning. This session explores how by holding up the ideal of unity we can break down the walls that separate us from both other humans as well as the natural world. Facilitated by Arthur Ogawa.
Childrens' RE: This week we will learn interesting facts about cuttlefish and their amazing camouflage skills. We will draw analogies between the cuttlefish’s adaptability and people who adapt to new situations.
5:00 pm - Spiritual Literacy: "Things" Many of us have a hard time loving, honoring, and caring for things. However, the spiritual practices of love, beauty, gratitude, imagination, and compassion all get a workout when we live consciously with things. In this session we explore how things can be an essential component in our quest for a deeper connection to our spiritual selves.globally. Facilitated by Janet Wood.
Childrens' RE: Dandelions are our topic this week. We will compare dandelions’ quick spread with human behavior that can grow out of control.
5:00 pm - Spiritual Literacy: "Relationships" Relationships with others form the spiritual web of our lives. Our deepest values are expressed through these essential bonds. The readings for this session reveal that relationships are some of the best practice drills to help polish our spiritual literacy skills by deepening these essential bonds. Facilitated by Sandy Beals.
Our Sunday School program for Children & Youth features UU values. See a Greeter upon arrival for information or contact us in advance at Info@uuvisalia.org or (559) 472-4214
Please Note - Service topics and First Hour Topics are subject to change.
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Please Note - Service topics and meetings are subject to change.
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