The Language of Faith

Some Unitarian Universalists have reclaimed the word “faith” and made it their own; others have a deep aversion to its use for a range of reasons.  And everything in between.  This morning, we’ll interrogate this word a bit: What is faith?  Is it a thing for UUs?  What does it mean to be the “faith community” of our mission statement? 

Share the Plate

  • Our Share the Plate recipient this week is the Social Justice Center, who provides office space for local nonprofits pursuing social justice for the community. They are an incubator where small nonprofit startups can grow their organizations with affordable rent and access to all the necessary office amenities. They also have served the homeless folks who sleep on their property. 

Order of Service

  • Gathering Song: #188 “Come, Come, Whoever You Are”
  • Centering Sound
  • Welcome
  • Prelude: “And When I Rise,” Berry/Tuck
  • Call to Worship
  • Opening Hymn: #194 “Faith Is a Forest”
  • Lighting the Chalice
  • Musical Response
  • Time for All Ages: “What is a woman?,” brainfitted
  • Hymn: #123 “Spirit of Life”
  • Wisdom from the World’s Traditions: “Go to the Limits of Your Longing” written by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Joanna Macy and Anita Barrows
  • Reflection: “The Language of Faith” with Rev. Karen
  • Offering: “Faith is the Bird” Tagore/Alexander
  • Joys and Sorrows
  • Closing Hymn: #108 “My Life Flows On in Endless Song”
  • Extinguishing the Chalice and Benediction
  • Postlude: “Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte” by Maurice Ravel

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