June 4, 2023 Multi Church Collaborative Service
Revs. Amy Fiorilli, Sara Hayman and Margaret Beckman
Eternal and Never the Same: Reflections on Coming Together and Falling Apart in this pandemic age.
As this church year begins to close, we come together once again as three congregations, unique in our way and yet One in Unitarian Universalism, One in our understanding of interdependence and connection. Your ministers have been spending time reflecting on what it has meant to lead a faith community during these past few years, and what it means to be a person, a helper, a partner, a lover, a friend. We have been called to ask ourselves what has
proven itself to be eternal and what will never be the same? How are we coming together? How are we falling apart? What is the most important thing? How has the way we make decisions changed or remained the same? Let us gather as One to sing, to pray, to question, and to explore these questions together.
June 11 th , 2023 Rev. Amy Fiorilli, Worship Leader
Margi Pulkingham, Worship Associate
The Duty to Delight
I am remembering that Rev. Hannah Robert Villnave wrote:
People sometimes ask:
Is Pride a protest
Or a party?
And the answer is
On this Pride weekend join us to explore the role that delight plays in the
work of justice. How does joy and celebration actually make real and lasting
societal change? It is our “Duty to Delight” says John Ruskin. It is a most
beautiful form of courage to choose to delight and be delighted. How can we
enact that courage in the service of cultural transformation?
June 18 th , 2023 Rev. Amy Fiorilli, Worship Leader
Susan Coe, Worship Associate
The Blessing of the Animals
In this June Soul Matters Theme of Delight, I just couldn’t help but think of all
our non human friends who support us, love us, make us laugh, bring joy to
our worlds, teach us something of sacrifice and presence. So, for the first time
as your minister, I’d like to offer a service devoted to a Blessing of the Animals.
You are invited to bring your small furry, finned or feathered friends to church
(If they are contained in some way and well behaved) AND/OR please send a
picture of your non-human bestie to share with the congregation. This will be
a service full of fun and hopefully a little controlled chaos. Let’s delight
together in the loved ones we know who do not have opposable thumbs.
June 25 th 2023 Cayla Miller, Worship Leader
Jacquie Robb, Worship Associate
Flower Communion - 100 Year Anniversary, followed by the UUA General Assembly Worship live stream
Join us for our beloved UU tradition of the Flower Communion (click here for a history) on this 100 year anniversary. Bring a flower or two from your garden, the store, or the roadside to share. During the service you will be invited to select a new flower from the altar to take home. A short and sweet service filled with appreciation of the beauty of nature, lovely music, and the joy of spring.
We will have a brief coffee hour intermission between the Flower Communion and the GA Worship.
Join us for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. This powerful, communal worship experience will stream on Sunday, June 25, 2023 at 11:00 am ET / 10:00 am CT / 9:00 am MT / 8:00 am PT. Members of the public are welcome to view the service. In-person attendance to this service will be complimentary and open to visitors who are vaccinated, masked, and sign an agreement to honor the guidelines in place for the event.
The Office of the UUA President, the Rev. Susan Frederick Gray, is pleased to announce that the Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti, Senior Minister of the First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor, MI will lead the 2023 Sunday Service at GA.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti serves as Senior Minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is a co-editor of "Conversations with the Sacred: A Collection of Prayers" (2020) and the 2018-2019 UUA common read, "Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment." He has served extensively in Unitarian Universalist leadership, including as a member of the UUSC Board of Trustees; the UUA Board of Trustees; President of DRUUMM (our UU people of color organization, Diverse and Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries); Commissioner on the UUA Commission on Appraisal; Secretary of the Board of Starr King School for the Ministry; and as an author and advocate of the 2007 General Assembly resolution confronting gender identity-related discrimination. He brings to the ministry his multicultural experience serving as a U.S. diplomat during the Clinton administration. Rev. Manish loves desert hiking and his amazing kids and husband.