All of our lives, we live in need of each other, and in need of ‘deepening places,’ too, relationships and communities where we feel seen and affirmed, loved and challenged, called to grow and become our better selves, more honest, generous and caring people.
All of our lives, we live with a sense of longing to belong somewhere, to be a part of some thing, some movement and purpose larger than ourselves alone.
At church, we aspire to create that kind of community.
At church, we aim to reach out to each other in love and receive in gratitude.
At church, we choose to show up, to be and become a part of building a vibrant
community and spiritual home; a place in our lives where we can bring our whole selves,
where we’re asked to listen with an open heart and be willing to be changed.
Church is a place where we can come together to grow our souls,
to feel our spirit enlivened with a sense of reverence and awe,
to literally be able to remember – to piece back together again –
our minds and hearts, and know we are connected, and dependent on each other,
and a part of some larger, magnificent whole.
We welcome you to explore ways you might choose to be
a part of creating & nurturing this vibrant church community I am grown by and love.
At this year’s Ware Lecture at General Assembly in Providence, Sr. Simone Campbell spoke to us about the importance of being willing to “walk toward trouble.” What does that mean when it comes to how we act in the world as a Unitarian Universalist faith community? How do we nurture a depth of commitment to community that’s strong & resolute enough to help us engage & respond to injustices in the world? How do we reach out in love?
Just back from the People’s Climate March in New York City, Rev. Huisjen’s experience there will surely inform and energize her sermon. (See photo in this week’s Ellsworth American.)
This Sunday is PLATE-SPLIT SUNDAY: It is the final month for helping out The Ellsworth Farmers Market Double Your Value SNAP Program, which gives SNAP recipients (formerly known as food stamps) the opportunity to buy produce and other eligible foods for half-price at the Farmer’s Market. This program is entirely supported by donations. In July, UUCE raised almost $200 for this program from our plate split. Both the farmers who participate in the program and the SNAP recipients who benefited from our donation have expressed their gratitude for our generosity. Let’s see if we can match July’s and August’s donation! (Mary Susan Haynes, Plate Split Coordinator)
Read our September Newsletter.