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Worship at the Walpole Unitarian Church promises a rich and diverse menu this year using a creative approach to sustainable ministry!
Reverend Elaine Bomford offers two services a month, and we draw from a large number of other professional and lay speakers. On the first Sunday of the month, we hold Circle Sunday service, a casual time to be together, discuss a topic, play and sing.
Worship Services Autumn 2020
September, October, November
Unless otherwise noted, all services begin at 10 a.m.
Currently, services are held via Zoom! Link on home page.
September 13 – “Ingathering Water Communion,” Rev. Elaine Bomford. We begin the new church year with a Unitarian Universalist tradition, the Water Communion, adapted for Zoom. As rivers converge on their way to the ocean, we gather in unity with one another and the life-giving waters that sustain us. Please bring a printed picture, a postcard, and/or a story telling us about waters you have visited in the recent or far past. If you have saved some actual water from that place to show us, all the better. All ages welcome to share
September 20 – “Dynamics of White Racism” with guest speaker Keith Penniman. Can we turn old white privilege into new white consciousness?
September 27 – “Yom Kippur and Lessons of Forgiveness,” Rev. Elaine Bomford. An age-old Yom Kippur proverb says “The One Who Made You...is always ready to forgive. His mercy, like the rain from heaven, falls on all who seek it.” Drawing upon Jewish wisdom, we reflect upon the High Holy Day theme of forgiveness.
October 4 – “Circle Sunday” at Hastings House, David Ruffin, a new service provider.
October 11 – “Native Nations Poetry,” Rev. Elaine Bomford. “When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through,” is a newly-published anthology of “the first poets of this country.” United States Poet Laureate Joy Harjo has gathered poems from nearly 100 indigenous nations spanning the continent, from ancient to contemporary voices. Rev. Elaine shares selections and commentary.
October 18 – “Autumn Musings” with guest speaker Keith Penniman.
Reflections on harvest and turning, in nature and in ourselves.
October 25 – “Defusing Conspiracy,” Rev. Elaine Bomford. Our world is awash in conspiracy theories. Unitarian Universalist Source #5 counsels us to “heed the guidance of reason and the results of science.” With this guidance in mind, we sail into the strange, intriguing, sometimes scary and weirdly amusing area of conspiracy theory.
November 1 – “Circle Sunday” at Hastings House, Leif Seligman –All Saints Day.
November 8 – “Pronoia,” Rev. Elaine Bomford. Rob Brezsny wrote “Pronoia is the Antidote for Paranoia: How the Whole World is Conspiring to Shower You with Blessings,” a book filled with positive news, prayers, irreverent wildness, and mirabilia. Mirabilia are “strange amazements, rare delights…marvels” which exist in the natural world. Several participants are needed to read brief “mirabilia reports” during the service. If you would like to participate, please e-mail Rev. Elaine
November 15 – Topic TBA, with David Ruffin.
November 22 – “Thanksgiving,” Rev. Elaine Bomford. In the words of UU minister Marjorie Montgomery, “Life is a gift for which we are grateful. We gather in community to celebrate the glories and the mysteries of this great gift.”
November 29 – “Rise Again,” with guest speaker and guitarist Keith Penniman and Rev. Elaine. A musical tribute to Canadian singer-songwriter Stan Rogers on the 71st anniversary of his birth.
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