Rev. Kristin Schmidt with Mary Muehlbach

Practicing Being Human

11 a.m.

Every week in worship we affirm our mission as a congregation to “inspire spiritual growth and encourage lives of integrity, joy, and service.” Join us this Sunday as we explore how and why our greatest work as a church is forming healthy, vibrant Unitarian Universalists, or as James Luther Adams used to say, practicing being human. As part of this service, people of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks, laptop bags, and briefcases to church for our first-ever Blessing of the Backpacks! This will kick off the new year of learning and growing ahead of us and the first day of our fall Religious Education classes for children and youth! (ALSO WELCOME Balacz scholar, Lidia-Emese Bodor.)

Receiving Joy

11:00 a.m.

While happiness is something we can pursue, joy is often an experience we simply receive, unpursued and unearned. This week in worship we will explore joy, what it is, what it isn’t, and why it’s a gift.

Risk and Reward

9:30 and 11:15 am

People around the country and world are frustrated with institutions big and small that profess commitment to justice and inclusion but whose practices suggest they are more invested in comfort, preference, and the status quo. More people also seem to be taking bigger risks for the sake of what they believe in – risking arrest, ridicule, and employment for the sake of clean water, immigrant rights, and many other important issues. This week in worship we will consider what we as a congregation might risk for the sake of our shared values.