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May Worship Theme: Care of the Soul
Our theme for June is Care of the Soul. The soul is understood as our essence, as the core of our being. It is sturdy, but not invincible. Subject to the tragedies that touch our lives, the fabric of the soul can be torn. The care of the soul is important work for it is self-care.
June 6, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
“Self Care = Self Compassion"
Rev. Chris Ehrlich
Worship Leader: Melinda Oliver
Let’s talk about what self care is and how we limit our much needed practice of caring for ourselves. Why? Because usually, we don’t believe we are worthy.
Rev. Ehrlich was born in New Orleans, La. He went to Centenary College in Shreveport La for his undergraduate degree and to Gardner Webb School of Divinity in Boiling Springs, NC for his Masters in Divinity. He has pastored churches for 15 years, but left church work in 2013 to work as a Hospice Chaplain. He is currently chaplain with Novant Forsyth Medical Center in Winston Salem, North Caroline. Rev. Ehrlich is the brother of GMUUC member, Melinda Oliver.
June 13th, 2021, 10:30 a.m
“Chiron: The Wounded Healer”
Rev. Charlotte Arsenault
Service Leader: Burger Vaughn
Astrology uses the symbol of Chiron, named after a Greek centaur who was a teacher and healer who was unable to heal himself. Let us explore the ways our wounds have informed our gifts and how our perfection is not necessary to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
June 20th, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
"Reflections on Juneteenth"
Pastor & High Priest/Reverend Father David Michael Searcy
Service Leader: Lynda Doll
This week Congress and President Biden passed a law making June 19th, or Juneteenth, a federal holiday. Father Searcy will reflect on the meaning of Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of African Americans from slavery, especially in light of the recent anniversary of George Floyd’s death, the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre, and other examples of racist behavior in our country.
Father David-Michael Searcy was ordained in 2010 as a Second Degree Priest/Associate Minister in the RavenWood Tradition. In 2017 he attained the highest Rank in the Wiccan Tradition: Third Degree and High Priest, one of only a few African Americans with the title of Wiccan High Priest.
June 27th, 2021, 10:30 a.m.
"Hope Prevails: What the Tongan Castaways Have to Teach Us”
Rev. Charlotte Arsenault
Service Leader: Liane Varnes
Our Universalist heritage proclaims it is hope, not the threat of hell, that encourages us to reach our highest potential. The true story of six Tongan castaways from 1965 echoes this belief and reminds us that humans, when left to their own devices, are, at their core, good.
June Wednesday Night Programming
June 2, 2021, 6 pm: Fellowship
“On the Road Again”
Program Leaders: Jane Threlkeld, Robert Kahn
Bob and Nancy Duggan will share their experiences exploring waterfalls in the past year. Joel Kottman will make a slide show of their pictures. Everyone is welcome to Show and Tell about a favorite place they can recommend that’s within an hour’s drive. Maybe a State Park, a hiking trail, a restaurant?
Joel can include your pictures in the slide show. Email them to
It’s time to get out of the house!
June 09, 2021, 6 pm: Vespers
Rev. Charlotte Arsenault
What are the big risks you took in your life? Did they pay off or end with a hard earned lesson? Let’s come together and celebrate, or bemoan, the chances that helped us become who we are.
June 16, 2021, 6 pm: Religious Education
"Spirit In Practice: Workshop 2- Personal Spiritual Practices"
Program Leader: Chelsea Reid and Rev. Charlotte Arsenault
This 60 minute workshop teaches that the first thing to learn is to listen, and only then to discover to whom or what we are listening.
This notion of listening is also central to many "mindfulness" practices taught by various Eastern traditions. For in fact, all of the great personal spiritual practices can be seen as aiming toward the same target. They are all ways of putting us in touch with ourselves at our deepest, with what the poet Mary Oliver calls our "one wild and precious life."
Our better selves, our higher wisdom, our inner knowing, the collective unconscious, the Spirit of Life, deity— whatever we call it, it is forever speaking to us, encouraging us to make healthy choices, to live up to our ideals, to take the way of the greatest good. All of the various practices that our human family has created are merely ways for us to discover this "voice" so that we might benefit from what it has to say.
June 23, 6 p.m.: CANCELLED
June 23rd Vespers is cancelled during UUA General Assembly Week.
June 30, 2021, 6 pm: Vespers
“Annual General Assembly Worship Service”
Join us tonight to view the 2021 UUA General Assembly Worship Service --- a powerful, communal worship experience as the largest annual gathering of UUs convenes virtually for worship.
Look for your weekly announcement email for more info!