Love is the spirit of this church
and service is its law.
This is our great covenant:
to dwell together in peace,
to seek the truth in love,
and to help one another.

 

– James Vila Blake (1842–1925),
American Unitarian minister

 

 

JULY WORSHIP SERVICES: This month’s worship theme is Blessings. 

Sunday, July 2 “It’s a matter of meeting…” Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leader 

1st Sunday Potluck! Youth Group at 3:30 p.m. Cecily Judd, Worship Associate 

Our monthly worship theme is BLESSINGS. Renowned physician and writer Rachel Naomi Remen writes, “a blessing is not something that one person gives another; [instead, it] is a moment of meeting, a certain kind of relationship in which both people involved remember and acknowledge their true nature and worth, and strengthen what is whole in one another.” What blessings do you know? 

Sunday, July 9 To bless or curse the world Rev. Sara Hayman, Worship Leader 

Congregational Conversation after Worship! UUCE History Class with Wayne 1:30-3:30 p.m. 

As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to help build Beloved Community in the here and now in our lives. To do this, we must be both activist for justice and agents of love and compassion, people deeply committed to both our inner and outer spiritual work that manifests as care and reverent regard for all of life. How will you, how do you choose to bless the world? What gifts do you have to offer? 

Sunday, July 16 The Blessing of Misfit Moments Amy Fiorilli, Worship Leader 

Have you ever looked around and thought “I can’t believe I just did that”? Or why is everyone looking at me like that? Have you ever thought that you should understand what’s going on, but just don’t? Or wondered where your tribe might be only to think you’ve found them and then realized you don’t know their language? Have you ever wanted to belong so badly that you’d sacrifice your truth? Or wondered how other people make it look so easy? Together let’s explore the question of belonging and the blessings of feeling out of place. How does the truth speak to you when you are alone in a room full of people? How are self-defined “misfit moments” really a call to listen deeply to the divine within? 

Sunday, July 23 “When the Spirit Says ‘Do’: Responses to Economic Inequality” PASA Committee, 

Worship Leaders 

The Peace and Social Action Committee will lead us through a worship experience based on the Congregational Study/Action Issue “Escalating Inequality.” We can agree there’s a problem, but can we move toward solutions as individuals, as a church, as a state, as a nation? 

Sunday, July 30 Sharing Our Spiritual Pilgrimage! UU Youth from Ellsworth & beyond 

w/ Rev. Sara Hayman 

Please join us this Sunday for worship when our UU youth who went to Guatemala City with Rev. Sara and 21 others to volunteer with Safe Passage reflect on their experiences. What did they learn about themselves and the world we live in? What did this spiritual pilgrimage mean to them? 

Bridging Divides
On Friday and Saturday, August 11 & 12 from 9 am-4 pm, UUCE will host a Nonviolent Communication Training with facilitator Leah Boyd. This two-day, Level One NVC training is being sponsored by the Ellsworth Area Minister’s Association (EAMA) and is open to the public. Registration is required; the cost is $100 per person. Please register with Eileen in the office by Friday, August 4. Download the brochure with registration form on UUCE’s website and Facebook page.

For more information, see the facilitator’s website, www.peacefulpurpose.usor speak with Rev. Sara at sara@uuellsworth.org or 207-610-2872.

 

Read the July newsletter here. Read about auction items here (remind yourself what you won!)