Memorial Day Sunday Service

Date and Time: 05/29/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Evan Wallach


Being Good

Date and Time: 05/22/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

This pandemic time has exposed fault lines around how individualism and community can come into conflict. Through the work of several contemporary ethicists, we’ll explore how we can make good choices, what we owe to each other, and how our foundational ideals inform those ideas.


Question Box

Date and Time: 05/15/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

As UUs, we believe wisdom comes from many sources: including our questions. Send your questions to minister@mvuc.org, and Rev. Christian will answer as many as possible in the service.


The Original Mother’s Day

Date and Time: 05/08/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

When Julia Ward Howe proclaimed the first Mother’s Day, she didn’t have in mind the holiday we know now: no, she was calling upon her fellow mothers to rise up and demand peace and an end to wars. We will also celebrate the Flower Ceremony, so bring a flower to share.


LSG in Bloom: Lifespan Spiritual Growth Service

Date and Time: 05/01/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Lifespan Spiritual Growth Council

It’s spring, and it’s not just MVUC’s flowers and greenery that are growing and blossoming. At MVUC we all have a chance to change in beautiful ways, and that’s what Lifespan Spiritual Growth is about. Join us to explore how we’re coming out of the dark days of winter and Covid to celebrate, prosper and bloom.


Earth Words

Date and Time: 04/24/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

Earth Day has long been a celebration of our world, of nature, of our connection to life. But in the era of climate change, how do we reckon with that fratctured relationship?


Rising Again

Date and Time: 04/17/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

On Easter Sunday, we tell the story of Jesus: his life, death, and legacy, and what it can mean for us whether we celebrate the Christian story or not.


Is This the UU “Good Book”?

Date and Time: 04/10/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Mimi Stevens

MVUC member Mimi Stevens has asked—and suggested the answer to—this question over the past 20 years or so, beginning as a summer service at MVUC, and—with modifications—at UU congregations from Massachusetts to Montana, and as a Plenary presentation at the annual conference of what was then still called the Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network in 2017.


Why Anti-Racism Matters

Date and Time: 04/03/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

Many congregations in the UUA have engaged anti-racist work; that is, not merely trying not to be racist, but to work actively against racism and for equality. We live in a society and world with many barriers for people because of their identities, and undoing that takes serious reflection and work.


What’s Next?

Date and Time: 03/27/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

Futurists attempt to project trends into the future, to get some idea of what things might be like decades from now. Their predictions are sometimes eerily accurate, sometimes hopelessly wrong. When we talk about mission and vision, we are talking about what we want and work for in our congregation for the future. Join us to talk about what’s next.


Stewardship Starts at Home

Date and Time: 03/20/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

During our annual stewardship campaign, we ask members and friends of the congregation to consider how they can best support MVUC in the coming year. That means talking money, volunteer support, love, and all the other things we need to keep this amazing community vibrant!


In What World Does Love Win?

Date and Time: 03/13/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Partner Church

For many years, we have been beating the drum for our beloved community and widening the circle. But what skills are we trying to learn in the process? How do we culture religion in our communities? What cultures are we growing? How shall we grow into the people of the new earth? Are we still believing and imagining fiercely? How do we even start to like each other?


What Are We Even Trying to Do?

Date and Time: 03/06/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Rob Keithan

UU congregations have done a great deal over the years to promote justice locally, nationally, and even internationally. Our bottom line is clear—we want to have a positive impact. Beyond that, there are many choices we have to make about how to focus our limited time, energy, and resources. The same is true for each of us as an individual, or a family. We can’t do it all. How do we prioritize?


Amazing Grace

Date and Time: 02/27/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

We often hear of grace, that quality of elegance or something said at mealtimes. In religious parlance, grace refers to an unearned good thing — a gift we receive despite not having done anything to deserve it.


The Hard Call to Love

Date and Time: 02/20/2022 10:10am

Presenter: Rev. Keary Kincannon

Reverend Keary Kincannon has been a major force with poor and marginalized people in the Route 1 Corridor for more than 25 years. Starting out of the trunk of his car, Kincannon founded the Rising Hope Methodist Mission Church which has offered spiritual and physical support to hundreds of people over the years. MVUC members, as well as people from other local churches of different faiths, have supported the winter hypothermia shelter for years with meals and overnight supervision of the shelter, leading many to contemplate more directly poverty, homelessness and social needs, consistent with our second UU principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations.


Love, Love, Love

Date and Time: 02/13/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

There are many forms of love — the Greeks spoke of storge, agape, eros, and philia. In our culture, we


Finding Silence

Date and Time: 02/06/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

It takes discipline and courage to admit that you don’t know something or aren’t the right person to tackle a particular challenge. Being an effective presence for change in our world can also mean learning when to be quiet and listen and when to support others’ work. Part of a healthy spiritual life is learning when to do this.


The Hard Work of Welcome

Date and Time: 01/30/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Roberta Finkelstein

When Deborah Matthews and Roberta Finkelstein initiated the MVUC Afghan Allies Task Force we had a well-organized plan. However, in the almost year that we have spent on this project, nothing has gone according to plan! In this service, Rev. Roberta will bring us up to date about our ‘adopted’ family and reflect on the ways that this project has taught us about perseverance, flexibility, gratitude, kindness, and generosity. The sermon title was a phrase used by the organizers at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services to describe the depth of the challenge of resettling Afghan families devastated by years of warfare and the suddenness of the American withdrawal from Afghanistan.


Speaking Out

Date and Time: 01/23/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

Unitarian Universalists have a long tradition of advocacy, public engagement, and refusing to be quiet in the face of injustice. Learn more about how we can be a voice for compassion, mercy, and justice in our world right now.


Living Up to the Legacy

Date and Time: 01/16/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a deep thinker, an inspiring speaker, and most importantly a leader calling for civil rights. How do we live up to that legacy and move it forward?


Not Just Fire Insurance

Date and Time: 01/09/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

There’s an old line that religion isn’t just fire insurance — that is, it’s more than just a way to avoid eternal flames in hell. A deep, healthy spiritual foundation can help us be ready for things we could never have seen coming, good and bad. Our community aims to teach skills, foster resilience, and create relationships that strengthen us all.


False Starts

Date and Time: 01/02/2022 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

As we begin a new year, we contemplate what it can mean to start new things, fail, start again, and how to know when it’s the real thing.


Why do UU’s celebrate Christmas? – ONLINE ONLY

Date and Time: 12/26/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Betsy Yarrison

Is Christmas a UU holiday? Why do we celebrate it–and how?


Caring for One Another – Christmas Eve – ONLINE ONLY

Date and Time: 12/24/2021 5:00pm

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

In celebrating the Christmas story, we think about how a community — shepherds, angels, wise men, even animals — came together to support a family with a brand-new baby. How are we supporting one another in this time?


Waiting

Date and Time: 12/12/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

In the middle of the season of advent, we are waiting and anticipating for what is to come.


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