Speaker: The Reverend Emily Melcher

Red Herrings (Audio & Video)

What is a UU congregation doing when we gather on Sunday mornings for worship? This morning, I’ll share why I think the most common UU notion of worship, and the ways we tend to consider and reflect upon worship, are red herrings, drawing our attention away from the deeper purpose and power of worship. I’ll offer my own understandings, and a new paradigm for our individual and collective reflection.

Worship Leader: Sara Heath

Gratitude and Communion

Our annual Thanksgiving service adapts traditional liturgies and rituals in light of Unitarian Universalism. The sharing of bread and water invites awareness of the bounty and limits of our planet, binds us in kinship with all humankind, and reminds us of life’s twin necessities: receiving and giving. Our minister and members of the congregation will share reflections on gratitude for the gift of life, the bounty of Earth, and our commitment to a world of peace, justice and love.
Effie Brown, worship associate

A Good Word? (Audio and Video)

What’s a preacher to say in times like these? What would constitute “A Good Word” in the context of the resurgence of heteropatriarchy and the eruption of white nationalism, when the values we hold dear are increasingly being eroded, and human greed has driven the climate past the point of no return? Whether the mid-term elections have engendered hope or despair, this is no time for withdrawal into complacency; it is the time to resist, and to build resilience for the long-haul. Today I’ll share some questions and observations about how we might do that, hand-in-hand and arm-in-arm.

Gladys Howard, worship leader

Our Universal Source (Audio)

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

All That Is Not Given

with guest speaker Rev. Emily Melcher
Recalling the 1992 film “City of Joy,” we will explore what it means to be a transformative community where the gifts of each are nurtured and given for the good of all.

The Rev. Emily Melcher is a UU Accredited Interim Minister, and has served congregations in VT, CT, and WA. She lives in Olympia, where she is currently enjoying a gap year between ministries and pursuing a Doctorate of Ministry in Spiritual Renewal, Contemplative Practice, and Strategic Leadership at Claremont School of Theology. A singer and songwriter, Emily has 4 CDs, which will be available gratis (for free) after the service.

Worship Leader: John Long
Special Musician: Ken Merrell

Interdependence Day

In his book Healing the Heart of Democracy, Quaker author, activist and teacher Parker J. Palmer notes that “prominent among [the dynamics of the human heart] is the tug-of-war between our need to be independent and our need to be interdependent.” This Independence Day weekend, we’ll … read more.