Stories of Courage for the Earth

Date and Time: 04/18/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker
We’re celebrating the Earth this week, so let’s celebrate those who are shining leaders and visionaries.


Survival and Other Acts in Life

Date and Time: 04/11/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

Have you ever wondered how you might react to a major crisis when your survival is at risk? Maybe you have already experienced this daunting question and know the answer. We’re facing threats to our survival every day, how are we adapting and how does our faith support us?


Love is Real

Date and Time: 04/04/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

Happy Easter! In this multigenerational worship we’ll take a look at our Theme of the Month, Humility, and ask what Christianity and the Easter story can teach us about the gift of being real.


Partner Church

Date and Time: 03/28/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Lisa Blair

To be Announced.


Loved Into Being

Date and Time: 03/21/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

Faith in Unitarian Universalism isn’t an intellectual exercise: it’s “heart” work. This worship experience features a sermon by UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, as well as vibrant music, storytelling, and other worship elements that will help us to grow in spirit, in courage, and in generosity.


Sense of Direction, Part 2

Date and Time: 03/14/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

Our Theme of the Month is Emergence. In this two part sermon (March 7 & 14), we’ll look at the challenges in discerning where we’re going, what we want as human beings and as religious liberals.


Sense of Direction, Part 1

Date and Time: 03/07/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

Our Theme of the Month is Emergence and we begin our annual Stewardship Revival. In this two part sermon (March 7 & 14), we’ll look at the challenges in discerning where we’re going and what we want as human beings and as religious liberals.


A UU Account of the Rapture

Date and Time: 02/28/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Greg Ward

One of the things you’ll hear about at the crossroads between life and death is the rapture. At least if you live in the south. But not so much for a UU minister from California. At least, not until my own personal apocalypse of losing everything and getting ‘left behind.’ Then, I discovered the rapture is real. And it was my UU church that made it so.


Heart and Hearth

Date and Time: 02/21/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Renée Ruchotzke

How can a spiritual practice ground us in the cycles of life and connect us to community?

 


Tik Tok: Life on Loop

Date and Time: 02/14/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Sally Henrehan

As we approach one year of living in our new reality, Young Adults who came of age at MVUC reflect on facing life vs. death during crisis & its impact on our relationship with time.


Swallowed by the Sea

Date and Time: 02/07/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

We begin a month of looking at the cycle of Life and Death. Nature offers an invitation to explore the depths of our seasonal instincts and connection to the life/death cycle.


The Many Truths of Inequality

Date and Time: 01/31/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

Inequality is considered by most surveys to be a top social and economic problem in today’s world, yet how do we achieve equality when we don’t talk about our deepest religious and secular values? Do we really know how to create equality, and are we willing to give up some of what we value most?

The concert mentioned in this service:

 


Learning How to Pray

Date and Time: 01/24/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Roberta Finkelstein

Rev. Roberta Finkelstein shares some of her personal spiritual odyssey and will talk about what prayer might mean to people who don’t necessarily pray ‘to’ anybody.


To Be Our Own Deacons of Self-Defense

Date and Time: 01/17/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Sara Green, Youth & Young Adults Program Manager with the UUA

The Deacons of Defense, who travelled- armed- with members of CORE (the Congress of Racial Equity) across the gulf south, played a critical role in the Civil Rights movement that helped keep our people safe against klan violence. Learning from the complexities of 2020 and our movement histories, lets lean into the ways we can faithfully keep safe those among us who are most vulnerable and fighting for justice with their very existence. Lets explore this: what are the serious ways we understand self-defense and safety as part of our labor as Unitarian Universalists.

 


Collective Liberation and Radical Healing

Date and Time: 01/10/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

We seek liberation for all by focusing on systemic forces impacting the most marginalized. Yet liberation also needs healing. The pain is deep and ancient, yet the trauma must be recognized, and the wounds tended.

 


Odd Partners in Time of Revolution

Date and Time: 01/03/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

Alliances between disparate activist groups are pushing edges and radical change in several directions. What does defund the police really mean? Why are radical conservatives supporting Black Lives Matter? Do UU’s and Antifa have common ground?


Nurturing the Creative Spark

Date and Time: 12/27/2020 10:00am

Presenter: The Santillo Family

A New Year is coming. And before that, we will wake up and create a new morning. Whatcha going to make? These are blank pages upon which we can write our dreams or our desperations. Through music, poetry, and prose, we will poke around the feeling of a creative idea, How to protect it from doubt? And how to create something fulfilling from its spark? We look forward to seeing you there!


Christmas Eve – Thursday 5pm – Seeking the Light

Date and Time: 12/24/2020 5:00pm

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker, Tyler Coles, Ann Richards, Mark Zimmerman

One Christmas Eve service – December 24th, 5:00pm, on Zoom


MVUC’s All Congregation Online Pageant

Date and Time: 12/20/2020 10:00am

Presenter: Ann Richards & Lifespan Spiritual Growth Council

Can Mount Vernon Unitarian Church pull off their annual pageant online in the midst of social awakening, climate change and isolation resulting from a pandemic? Join us to find out.


Wake Up! Unplug!

Date and Time: 12/13/2020 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

Ancient religious stories and myths keep reminding of us of shame and fear, yet do we understand the why? What, if any, roles do shame and fear play in our ability to love and expand our consciousness?


Building on Mountains of Sand

Date and Time: 12/06/2020 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

The best stories are old, told again and again with accumulating layers of excitement and bombast. But what happens when the original story is lost, yet we create truths upon their legend?

We are forming our stories now. Stories that form truth from a broad collection of voices who have endured so many tears and laughter…. Emerson’s view of the oversoul offered a way of knowing that was radically different than the white male educated leaders of Boston that he was living amongst.But the marginalized people who had been oppressed through the centuries? Not radical for them. Not one bit…. So here’s a truth I offer you. Reason logic and the pursuit of facts? They’re not mutually exclusive from deep, profound life-changing experience.Reason and logic are partners with myths and enduring truths. They should not crash in horrific battles over power.

Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker


Turning Inward

Date and Time: 11/29/2020 10:00am

Presenter: Eleanor Piez

This time of year, when the nights lengthen, calls us to turn inward – going against our drive to light up the darkness and get busier than ever during the holidays. Let us take time to turn inward, to remember, to face the darkness and find deeper truth.


The Glue of 2020

Date and Time: 11/22/2020 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker, Tyler Coles, Ann Richards, Mark Zimmerman

Join our annual multigenerational worship for Thanksgiving. The theme this month is friction.

“Holidays bring tensions – bring friction. It happens. We know that. Friction causes heat as my husband reminded me this week. And when it’s low heat and it’s done well, friction can melt barriers. It can bring down fear and anxiety when we are courageous when we are willing to be vulnerable with each other. Then as the barriers melt, they form into a bond — a glue that brings us together and gives us greater strength…. This is who we are… when we do friction well.”
Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker


In the Name of God

Date and Time: 11/15/2020 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

This country was founded upon a great white man’s burden: To lay claim to the Land of Abraham. Over 400 years ago the colonists arrived, and still bear blood on white hands, all in the name of an ancient myth.

Story for all ages: Selu Corn Mother, from the Cherokee tradition, told by Pam Tinker

Links to resources mentioned:

  • UUA on Doctrine of Discovery – https://www.uua.org/racial-justice/dod

Recommended books from Kate Walker:

  • “Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery” by Mark Charles and Soon-Chan Rah;
  • “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Online event:

UUA Summit and Teach-In November 19-22:

Harvest the Power Justice Summit & Decolonization Teach-In, Nov. 19-22, and the United American Indians of New England’s Day of Mourning event on Nov. 26.


The Waiting Room

Date and Time: 11/08/2020 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

Whether waiting for a diagnosis, for test results or for your car, waiting is one of least of our least favorite games, yet here we are … waiting. How do we get through this moment?



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