The Importance of Play in Individual and Collective Endeavors

Today’s service will address in a light-hearted way the serious work of “play” as a way of maintaining a healthy state of mind. Please come join us – and bring any kind of drum and your inner child.

With UUCWI Members Kate and Sim Sheppard
Music: Becky Myrick, Ken Merrell, and Eileen Soskin
Worship Leader: Mavis Cauffman

If We Build It They Will Come

Join us this Labor Day weekend as we conclude the celebrations of our congregation’s first 25 years. We will share pictures and stories of the many people whose dreams, hearts and hands constructed this beautiful sanctuary. We will celebrate what we have accomplished together and look ahead to the next chapters of UUCWI’s story as we prepare to welcome Rev. Emily Melcher and continue building this vital shared ministry.
Worship Leader: Effie Brown
Guest Musician: Ken Merrell
Speakers: Sandy Welch, Tom Buxton, Terra Anderson
Slide Show: Joan Gerteis

Ingathering and Water Ceremony

Each year on the first Sunday after Labor Day we gather to mark a new church year with feasting and ritual. We invite you to join in our annual gathering of the waters ritual. Please bring water that has deep significance for you or represents the joys or challenges of your lives.

We encourage you to ponder what you might want said about your sacred water and write, in advance, a brief note telling all where it is from and why it is significant to you.

Worship Leader: Katy Shaner
Special Music: The Chalice Choir, Eileen Soskin, and Cynthia Morrow-Hattal

The service will be followed by our annual Salmon Bake Potluck. All are welcome! Salmon, drinks and dessert provided. Please sign up in advance and bring a potluck dish to share.

Regret is a Human Emotion

You may have heard it said that “regret is a useless emotion.” On the contrary, I believe that regret is a natural human emotion that plays a vital role in reconciling us internally, with one another, and with the Spirit of Life and Love. The Jewish Days of Awe, also called the Days of Repentance, invite us to consider where we have missed the mark in our own lives and relationships. If we allow ourselves to experience our regret, it may become a catalyst for healing.

with The Reverend Emily Melcher
Worship Leader: Rick Weiss
Special Musician: David Edwards

Nurturing Our Healthy Community

Do we listen with respect and interest when we ask someone, “How are you?” or are we merely being polite and expecting a superficial response? Health is not just the absence of illness and it encompasses our whole selves: our physical health, our emotional health, our mental health and our spiritual health. How do we find compassion for our whole selves and for the whole selves of others in our community?

Guest Speaker: Kate Sheppard, Ph.D., Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner
Worship Leader: Eileen Soskin
Guest Musician: Becky Myrick

Our Universal Source

In addition to our Seven Principles, which name the values we hold in common, Unitarian Universalism identifies six sources for our religious tradition. Our first source, “Direct experience of the transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life,” might well be said to be our universal source, the place where our individual searches for truth and meaning begin.

The Reverend Emily Melcher
Worship Leader: Katy Shaner
Music: The UUCWI Chalice Choir