Religious And Spiritual

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

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt
In recent years, there’s been an increasing number of people who refer themselves as spiritual, but not religious (SBNR). These terms have nebulous definitions, and it’s certainly possible to be either, both, or neither — and be welcome here in our congregation. We’ll explore what it means to welcome in people on many different paths.

Accepting Ourselves

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

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

It’s been said that peace starts with accepting who we are, good, bad, and otherwise. Accepting ourselves means taking time to know who we are and finding a way to deal with that.

A Brief History of Unitarian Universalism

Date and Time: 09/26/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

What can a long view of history teach us about our religion, our congregation, and ourselves?

Be Like Water

Date and Time: 09/19/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

A multi-generation/whole congregation service.

The philosopher Lao Tse noted that water, which is fluid, soft, and yielding, is ultimately stronger than the rock, which is rigid and unyielding. In these challenging times, we should strive to be more like water, soft and yielding, but also powerful and life-giving. As we celebrate Water Ceremony today, we will discuss how we can be more like water. A water ceremony video will be shared.


Date and Time: 09/12/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we’ll remember that day, consider the consequences of what came after (including the 20-year-long war in Afghanistan so recently ended), and what we do with all of that in today’s world.

John, Paul, George, Ringo, and Me

Date and Time: 09/05/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Eric Pourchot and Friends

The Beatles albums are still the best-selling of all time. Over 200 of their songs have been on our record players, airwaves, and elevators for almost 60 years. MVUC’s own “Fools on the Hill” share songs by the Beatles that touched them in some way, that still resonate in their lives. We invite you to share these personal theme songs through the voices of Steve Bogart, Jean Chemnick, Wen Ling Chua, Linda Doyle, Ger Fitzgerald, Linda Jemison, Holly Mahla, Nic Marin, Joanne Masterson, Kee Ming Ng, Yee Von Ng, Eric Pourchot, and Georgia Pourchot.

Saving What We Love

Date and Time: 08/29/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

The world can sometimes make us feel like we’re the last Jedi. So it can be both humbling and reassuring to realize that the resistance isn’t all up to us. This week in worship we consider what Star Wars theology has to teach us about our UU faith and our call to build a just world together.

Good Enough

Date and Time: 08/22/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

Our society gives us a lot of messages, some helpful, others very problematic. One that fits both those categories is “Succeed at All Costs.” We’ll explore what it means to succeed, when good enough is more than enough, and how we’re called to be in this complicated, wonderful world.

Enter, Rejoice, and Come In

Date and Time: 08/15/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

Welcoming in new people and new ideas is key to our concept of embracing continued revelation: the idea that our knowledge can never be complete and final because there are always new information and new perspectives to add to our wisdom. In Rev. Schmidt’s first service as our interim minister, we’ll explore what that means and why it matters.

Thank You for Our Stories

Date and Time: 08/08/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Rebekah Savage

There is a beauty to the stories that frame our lives and communities. We are changed by others’ stories, and we change others by telling our stories – that’s the power behind being a part of our Living Tradition as Unitarian Universalists. What story is on your heart? How can your story be a seed for transformation?

Dreamed Into Being

Date and Time: 08/01/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Kirk Freeman

“Nature never hurries,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Atom by atom, little by little, it achieves its work.” As we settle into the depths of summer, we will explore the creative impulses at work in the universe and within our lives.

Finding Joy

Date and Time: 07/25/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Carolyn Evangelista

In trying times, how do we avoid losing ourselves in the pain of others and find joy in our lives?

Through Other Eyes

Date and Time: 07/18/2021 10:00am

Presenter: David Keegan

As we reflect back on the pain of the past year and a half, we may wonder what, if anything, we have learned. This Sunday Dave Keegan reflects back by looking at the experiences of two very different places, Taiwan and New Zealand, to consider the importance of community in thriving through COVID.

Go Forward

Date and Time: 07/11/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Matthew Taylor, Intern Minister Rockville UU

We have all been staying safe at home for the last 17 months, for some of us we have felt like we are stuck in a holding pattern waiting to emerge. So now as the states begin to reopen, what will it mean for us to reemerge? Join us next Sunday with one of the UU Congregation of Rockville’s Ministerial Interns Mathew P. Taylor as they help us ponder what happens next when we choose to go forward.

Let America be America

Date and Time: 07/04/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Linda Jemison

Patriotism is defined as love and devotion to one’s country. How do we reconnect with this sentiment in a time when many feel our country has lost its way?

Skywoman and the Children of Eve

Date and Time: 06/27/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Beck Mordini and Pam Tinker

Reflections from Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer: how stories shape us and heal us.

At My Daddy’s Knee: Lessons From My Father

Date and Time: 06/20/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Mike Walker

Father’s Day presents mixed emotions for many; we learn many lessons, both from a Dad’s example and his shortcomings.

A Good Goodbye

Date and Time: 06/13/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

How we say goodbye matters as much as how we say hello, so let’s create a healthy goodbye that leaves space for grief, love and deep connection.

Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker’s last sermon as settled minister at Mount Vernon Unitarian Church

The Voice Does Rise – Music Sunday

Date and Time: 06/06/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker and Mark Zimmerman

On our annual music Sunday, we celebrate the voice of Maya Angelou, sharing the music of Mark Hayes with the MVUC Bell Choir, a brass quintet, and MVUC choir.

The Shadow Behind the Fallen

Date and Time: 05/30/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

As we remember those who died while on active military duty, it’s important to see those who supported them; in the quiet, humble shadow of death.


How We Unitarian Universalist at Home

Date and Time: 05/23/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Lifespan Spiritual Growth Council

Lifespan Spiritual Growth Service

Casting Lots

Date and Time: 05/16/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Tyler Coles

Sometimes life feels like a casting lots as we guess our way through the unknown. What are we doing? What is our next move? Are we even ready? While these are the common questions, how might we journey alongside one another in the ongoing process of transformation that is life? Come, let us cast our lots with one another as we find the answers.

A Mother’s Empathy

Date and Time: 05/09/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker

Empathy is a hallmark of a mother’s love, yet is it a burden for mothers to bear this expectation? Shouldn’t we try and understand empathy more, for everyone’s sake? We will celebrate our annual Flower Communion!


Forgiveness 101

Date and Time: 05/02/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Tyler Coles

Our Theme of the Month is Forgiveness. How does accountability and reconciliation relate to forgiveness? Is forgiveness possible without accountability and reconciliation?

Climate Action Team – Celebration of the Earth

Date and Time: 04/25/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Climate Action Team

Today’s service is led by Climate Action Team members. Like ripples in a pond, our ancestors’ actions set the stage for us, and ours will carry forward across the future.




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