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?


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.

Welcome, Welcome! Jazz Sunday

Date and Time: 12/05/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

We are a welcoming community, and that means we must constantly strive to welcome in new people and care deeply about who they are and what they have to bring. Stereotypes and other pre-conceived notions can get in the way of that. Join us as we explore this.

Holidays and Holy Days

Date and Time: 11/28/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Betsy Yarrison and Mimi Stevens

How do UUs celebrate both religious and secular holidays? What do our holidays, and the stories that go with them, tell us about the things we value?

Giving Thanks – At MVUC and on Youtube

Date and Time: 11/21/2021 10:00am

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

We take time to thank people who make our lives possible: frontline workers, retail, and others. The pandemic has shown us more strongly than ever how many people help make our economy and society run.

Join us in-person at MVUC or watch the livestream online at MVUC’s Youtube Channel.

Roll Call for Veterans: Duty, Service, Sacrifice

Date and Time: 11/14/2021 10:00pm

Presenter: Mike Walker

19 mIllion Americans have earned veteran’s status. How can Unitarians seeking peace support the troops but question the activities of the military industrial complex?


Date and Time: 11/07/2021 4:00pm

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

Outdoor in-person worship – November 7, 4:00 PM.

Learning to lean into the rhythms of the season, of the changes in life, and how in a world where everything seems to change we can cope with that and hold onto tradition.

The Great Universalist Schism

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

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

About 200 years ago, Universalists had a huge fight about, well, Universalism. That is, they disagreed about how universal salvation, the idea that all people would ultimately be saved, worked. Come learn about Restorationists and Ultra-Universalists and why they thought this mattered, and what insights we can glean for our own disagreements today.

All the Saints

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

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

In this time of year, many cultures have honored a connection to their dead. In the spirit of Halloween, Samhain, and All Souls and All Saints days, we will remember those who have gone and what we have learned from them.

Cancel Culture Isn’t Real

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

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

As a covenantal people, we believe that the way we treat one another matters and that holding people accountable for what they do is important. We’ll investigate consequences, “cancel culture,” and how we are together.

A Theology of Accountability

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

Presenter: Rev. Eleanor Piez

In recent months, several MVUC members have been advocating for upgraded county facilities serving people who do not have a place to live. They have answered not only the need for more justice in society, but a theological call as well. Rev. Eleanor will explore how our Unitarian Universalist theology, and the accountability it demands of us, are needed in our public, often divisive and fearful, spaces.


Date and Time: 10/10/2021 4:00pm

Presenter: Rev. Christian Schmidt

As we say goodbye to our parking lot, we’ll talk about what it means to let go.
This service will be held outside at 4:00pm.

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?

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