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GMUUC is currently still doing virtual Sunday services. We will begin meeting in person again starting September 5th.
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August 2021 Worship Services
August Worship Theme: Communion
The Latin root of communion means “fellowship, mutual participation, or sharing.” The word implies a deep connection, which is the outcome of participating in community in meaningful ways. It is a process of giving and receiving, the work of heart and hands, an invitation to friend and stranger alike. No altar is required, just a welcome table with room for one more, always one more.
August 1, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
“Envisioning the Story of Renewal”
Dr. Dan Everett
Special Musician Guest: Nnenne Clayton
Worship Leader: Melinda Oliver
An invitation to craft your own version of the story of how our
society casts aside its old path of racism and environmental
destruction, and opens a curtain to reveal a new world of inclusivity,
cooperation, and restoration. The heroes of this story will be not
just inventive geniuses but ordinary people, and our nonhuman fellow
Earth citizens, living our little lives as our brighter future
Dan Everett is a lay minister at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship
in Athens. Since retiring from teaching at the University of
Georgia, Dan has focused on climate justice work. He and his wife Kate
Blane enjoy babysitting their two toddler grandchildren near Atlanta.
August 8, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
“The Rosetta Stone”
Reverend Charlotte Arsenault
Worship Leader: Melinda Oliver
The qualities we need to nurture healthy relationships are the same skills needed to be a Unitarian Universalist: curiosity, gratitude, healthy boundaries, and a skill for translation.
August 15, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
Rev. Duncan Teague
Worship Leaders: Burger Vaughan
Today we will virtually join Abundant Luuv and the UU church of Waterville, ME for an exciting service entitled “Leaving Home.” The theme is about our need to leave where it is most comfortable to do our collective work. How might we UUs work better to have places worth leaving home?
Abundant Luuv is a West End Unitarian Universalist congregation in Atlanta, centered in the African American religious tradition, where we welcome your authentic self to join us in community-centered work.
August 22, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
“What is Toxic Masculinity Anyways?”
Rev. Charlotte Arsenault
Worship Leader: Jane Threlkeld
Today Valdosta UUcongregation will virtually join with us as our own Rev Charlotte Arsenault speaks on “What is Toxic Masculinity Anyways?”
Let’s hear it for the boys! Why is there so much focus on toxic masculinity these days and what are examples of healthy, positive expressions of masculinity?
August 29, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
“Living in Exile”
Rev Bec Cranford
Worship Leader: Lynda Doll
When the world around us in chaos, how do we work for the good in our communities? Despite policy, powers, greed, or hatred, we can continue to work for good in our towns. Bec will also share about efforts around rapid rehousing,fair housing, affordable housing, homelessness, and issues impacting those on the margins.
Rev. Bec Cranford is an ordained minister in Session with the Progressive Baptist Alliance and is seeking dual alignment with the United Church of Christ. Bec describes herself as a bapticostal misfit floating in the mainline. She works fulltime for Gateway Center, a homeless service provider in Atlanta. Previously, she was Director of Community for the Wild Goose Festival. She has taught at Candler School of Theology. BEC has served nonprofits, para church organizations, and justice groups for over 15 years. She also works towards Just-Action in Ecumenical and Interfaith settings. She likes her family, her dog, and getting messy with acrylics.