Feb 11 “Gaia, Mother Earth and the Oneness of Everything”
A worship service with musician Jim Scott
Jim intersperses original songs and readings with his personal reflections on a spiritual ecological awareness. The idea of Mother Earth or “Gaia” being a living organism with the same physical attributes as humans relates us to our “Mother” and life support system. Our “spiritual response” is so needed now, as “the spirit of life on earth is in crisis.” Jim’s uplifting songs provide the balance to the wake-up call, leaving participants with a vision and inspiration to take the healing into our own hands.
From his work with the Paul Winter Consort, where he was co-composer of their celebrated “Missa Gaia / Earth Mass” Jim has long been an activist for peace and the earth with his music. Former Co-Chair of the UU Ministry for the Earth, Jim helped create the “Green Sanctuary” program. His songs of earth have educated and inspired audiences across the US and the world and his “Earth and Spirit Songbook,” supported by a grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalism, has been widely acclaimed by UU congregations.
Worship leader: Jim Scott
Worship assistant: Rev. Jenny Rankin
Feb 18 “Get Woke, Then Get Working”
DRE Aoife Barrington-Haber and musician and activist Julie Woods will collaborate on this multigenerational worship. On President’s Day weekend, when the words from the White House continue to embolden the violent and the hate-filled, we MUST be a force for good. Let us gather in Love and find our courage together, and pledge to carry the flame of peace and love out into the world. This service will include a food collection for Fans With Cans.
Feb 25 “Journey Mercies: Spirituality on the Road”
Pilgrimage is an ancient tradition in many of the world’s religious traditions. “The day comes,” writes poet Phoebe Eng, “when remaining the same becomes more painful than the risk to grow.” Sometimes, in order to grow and change, we have to take to the road, either literally or metaphorically. Let’s take to the road and dive into what “spirituality on the road” might look like for you and for me.
Worship leader: Jenny Rankin