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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 2019

September, October November

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

Sunday, December 1 – “Sufi Poets & Mystics,” Circle Sunday with Reverend M'ellen Kennedy. Sufism has been called the mystical tradition of Islam and has been a force for bridging the gap between Islam and the West and spreading a message of interfaith respect and peace. The Sufi poets such as Rumi and Hafiz, very popular in the West, provide a window for encountering the beauty and mystery at the core of Islam. At Hastings Parish House.

Sunday, December 8 – “A Light Shines in the Darkness,” (read here)With Reverend Elaine Bomford. We explore approaches to Bethlehem and the nativity of Jesus Christ. 

 

Light was shining in the darkness,

and darkness did not master it.

Genuine light - the kind that provides light for everyone -

was coming into the world.

 

Sunday, December 15 – “Concerning Joy and Donkeys,” with guest speaker Keith Penniman. On this third Sunday of Advent, whose theme is Joy, Penniman will endeavor to pin down three lessons about joy through the telling of three donkey tales.

Sunday, December 22 – “Winter Solstice Tune Up,” led by Rev. Elaine Bomford. Our 6th UU Source is “Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.” The Winter Solstice invites us to tune in to pagan wisdom, tune up, and get in sync with nature's rhythms.  

This service is followed by Winter UU World Discussion, for more information. 

December 24th at 4:30 p.m. – Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – “The Birth of Compassion,” led by Rev. Telos Whitfield. Please join us for a special service of music, favorite carols, words, and silence as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the compassion for all, especially the forgotten ones. We will honor the light together, and the power of compassion and community! 

Sunday, January 5 – Circle Sunday with Leaf Seligman. A time for reflection to consider what you want to carry into the new year and what you might wish to leave behind. At Hastings Parish House.

Sunday, January 12 – “The Empowerment Controversy: Black Power and Unitarian Universalism.” Rev. Elaine Bomford shares her gleanings from Rev. Mark's 2018 work. Lifelong UU and scholar Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed has written a book concerning events in society and UU in the 1960s and 70s. He says, “Perhaps wisdom can be gleaned from the pain and upheaval of those years, a wisdom that will be of use today in a new era.” 

Sunday, January 19 – “Facing White Privilege,” with Rev. Elaine Bomford. 

On Martin Luther King Sunday, we tap challenging insights of black authors Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, and Claudia Rankine to understand, from their perspectives, the privilege white people in America exercise. 

Sunday, January 26 – “Countering Islamophobia: Understanding our Muslim Brothers and Sisters” – Reverend Dr. M’ellen Kennedy. As Muslims are being maligned nationally and we are being whipped up into fear of Islam and Muslims, what do we really have to be afraid of? Let’s explore where Islamophobia comes from anyway and what it’s about. Come hear stories and experiences from the perspective of a Sufi (the mystical tradition of Islam) and an active participant in the national grassroots effort to counter Islamophobia for the past eight years.

Sunday, February 2  – “Blessings,” Circle Sunday with Wendy Harty, at Hastings Parish House.

Sunday, February 9 – “The Recipe Box,” with Dorothy Grover-Read. Our annual communion of chocolate celebratng what is sweet in life, including the legacy of recipes passed down to family and friends.

Sunday, February 16 – Reverend Leaf Seligman, topic to be annunced.

Sunday, February 23 – “Anne Hutchinson, Puritan Feminist Heretic,” with Rev. Elaine Bomford.

Anne Hutchinson, an educated, religiously devoted Puritan woman, sailed from England to settle with her husband and children in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1630. The inscription on her statue that stands on the Boston Common today reads “a courageous exponent of civil liberty and religious toleration.” In her own time, however, Puritan officials exiled her from the colony, deeming her “unfit for our society.”

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