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Our Sunday Services

    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.

Unless noted, all services begin at 10 a.m.

We will begin our first step in resuming in-person worship beginning Sunday, June 13, our flower celebration, in our sanctuary.

All fully vaccinated folk are welcome! 

We'll take every safety precaution in accordance with health guidelines. Some may prefer to wear a mask and/or maintain social distance, and are most welcome to do so. Windows will be open and box pews will be available for those who would feel more comfortable.

If you've not received the COVID-19 vaccine, please wait to join us until after you have been fully vaccinated. It will be a joy to be together!

Autumn Services 2021

Unless otherwise noted, all services begin at 10 a.m.

September 5 – Labor Day. No service.

September 12 – “Water Communion” Ingathering Service led by Rev. Elaine Bomford. We celebrate the beloved and renewing Unitarian Universalist ritual of Water Communion. Please bring a little water from your home or travels. We pour the waters we bring into one crystal bowl, in a gesture of gathered community.

September 19 – “Why We Worship,” led by Keith Penniman. Why do we worship? Is it the music that lifts our spirits? The prayers that feed our souls? The stories that captivate our imaginations? The sermons that give us insight or inspiration? Or is it the love and fellowship of
our faith community? These and other questions will be explored as we gather for what Unitarian Universalist Jacob Trapp called “the mystery within us reaching out the mystery beyond.”

September 26 – “Granny D,” led by Rev. Elaine Bomford. Through stories and inspirational words from the book "Granny D: Walking Across America in My 90th Year," we hear from Doris Haddock of Dublin, New Hampshire "a retired shoe-factory worker and great-grandmother of twelve" who gardened, hooked rugs, organized, wrote letters, planned, trained and walked across the country in support of campaign finance reform.

October 3 – WUC board president Candace Damon will lead this First Sunday program.

October 10 – A thoughtful service led by David Ruffin, topic to be announced.

October 17 – “Mawlid, Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad,” led by Rev. Elaine Bomford. Religious scholar Karen Armstrong has written two biographies of the Prophet Muhammad. In a spirit of respect and desire to deepen understanding, we explore his birth and life through Armstrong's engaging stories and commentary. 

October 24 – “Moby-Dick: An American Bible,” led by Keith Penniman. In 2011, Nathaniel Philbrick published a little book titled “Why ReadMoby-Dick?” Keith will attempt to answer that question, and share some truestories about his whaling ancestors. Sea shanty included!

October 31 – “Paranormal 101” Rev. Elaine Bomford. On All Hallow's Eve we take an introductory tour through the paranormal -- a realm beyond the scope of traditional science – with stops at occult traditions, parapsychology, and mystical experience. 

November 7 – “Beauty” a first Sunday presentation by Wendy Harty.

November 14 – “Revelations of Kindness,” led by Rev. Elaine Bomford. John O'Donohue wrote “There is a kindness that dwells deep down in things; it presides everywhere, often in the places we least expect. The world can be harsh and negative, but if we remain generous and patient, kindness inevitably reveals itself.” 

November 11 – “East of Eden: The Story of Cain and Abel,” led by Keith Penniman. The first murder recorded in the Bible is a fratricide – Adam and Eve’s first-born son slays his only brother. What a sorry beginning forhumankind! Keith will explore the significance of this ancient story, with reference to John Steinbeck’s classic novel “East of Eden.”

November 28 – “Been in the Storm So Long,” led by Rev. Elaine Bomford. We explore this collection of readings for worship and education, authored by African American poets and thinkers, edited by Unitarian Universalists Mark Morrison-Reed and Jacqui James. 


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