About PASA (Peace & Social Action committee)

PASA meets every third Sunday at 9 AM in the Tidewater Room. Visitors are always welcome.

PASA’s Mission: To coordinate and support the congregation in its efforts to advocate, educate, organize, serve and witness for peace and social justice; to establish our church as a beacon for social action in our community. As Unitarian Universalists, we covenant to work for a democratic, peaceful, equitable and earth-friendly world. The Peace and Social Action Program is committed to empowering church members to keep this covenant.

Oct 18, “Sacred Instructions”, Sherri Mitchell, Guest Worship Leader

Sherri Mitchell will share about her experiences with racism growing up in Old Town, Maine. With Rev. Sara Hayman and Emma Macaillen.

After the service she will talk informally with us for an hour about her global work with indigenous people in various parts of the world and the link between racism and climate change.  Read more about Sherry Mitchell later in the October Newsletter.

20151011 Sermon: “Turn & Face the Change”, Jim Fisher

The world is changing toward a future both exciting and at times terrifying. How do we use our liberal religious tradition to think globally and act locally? Jim Fisher, PhD, MRP is a member of the Ellsworth UU church. He has dedicated much of his life to improving the quality of our natural and built environment, creating healthy communities and sustainable environments. He will be departing shortly for a year working on economic development in Colombia.

Aug 30, “How & Why Our Church Matters”, Rev. Sara Huisjen

Once a year, Rev. Sara answers your questions in lieu of preparing a formal sermon. This year, on this Sunday, she’ll do it again, only this time she asks you to send in the question you’d like her to address related to “why our church matters.” Questions can be sent via snail mail (121 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605) or email (sara@uuellsworth.org) to be received by Tuesday, August 25th.

Aug 23, “Seeing Clearly”, Rev. Mark Worth

The Noble Eightfold Path is one of the principle teachings of Buddhism, and it begins with “Right View,” seeing clearly and understanding life, nature, and the world as they really are for us.  Seeing clearly is the first step toward wisdom and happiness.

Rev. J. Mark Worth has served Unitarian Universalist churches in Maine and Massachusetts since 1991, including serving our congregation 1991-2006.

Aug 16, “For with joy shall you go out”, Rabbi Darah Lerner

“The ability to be joyous, by discerning the good and joyous within every experience, is considered by some as a biblical command!” -Baal Shem Tov

This Sunday, Rabbi Darah Lerner will share her reflections about joy, what it is and asks of us, from her faith tradition. Rabbi Darah Lerner is the rabbi of congregation Beth El in Bangor Maine. She is a second career rabbi having worked in small business management and technology transfer companies before entering the rabbinate. Rabbi Lerner teaches widely on Jewish ideas, values and diverse ethical issues.  She served on the Board of RCAD, the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination.

Aug 9, “The Great Turning”, Verne McArthur

The Great Turning: the adventure of sustainable living  –  Along with the challenges of climate change comes a unique opportunity—and powerful momentum— for an exciting turn toward a more sustainable and humane way of life on planet earth.  Come join with Verne McArthur in this interactive service exploring how we can participate in the “turning” and live our best values.  

All that we have ever loved and
         all that we have ever been
Stands with us on the brink of all
         that we aspire to create:
A deeper peace, a larger love,
         a more embracing hope,
A deeper joy in this life we share.

– Leslie Takahashi from Rev. Erika Hewitt, 7/26/15 worship service