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Upcoming Sermons & Services

All in-person gatherings at UUCR are suspended until further notice.


ALL INFORMATION BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
View the latest "All-UUCR" emails here for ongoing updates re: virtual gathering.




2020 Summer Services

Service Descriptions for Summer 2020

Join us Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 10:15 a.m.) for summer services from July 5 through September 6, with our Annual Ingathering Service on September 13.

July 5  "Getting Into Position" with Christin Green, MDiv, Guest Preacher
July 12  "It Takes Practice" with Matt Meyer, Guest Preacher
July 19  "Learning to Say Goodbye" with Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles, Interim Senior Minister
July 26  "Surprised by Joy" with Rev. Kimberley Debus, Guest Preacher
August 2  "A Complicated Bounty" with Tyler Coles, MDiv, Guest Preacher
August 9  "Peaces" with Christin Green, MDiv, Guest Preacher
August 16  "Balancing the Scales" with Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage, Incoming Settled Minister
August 23  "Peace in Our Time?" with Greg C. Carrow-Boyd, Guest Preacher
August 30  "Chronos and Kairos" with Dr. Laura Solomon, Guest Preacher
Septebmer 6  "Renewal Is an Inside Job" with Dr. Laura Shay, MTS, Guest Preacher
September 13  Ingathering & Water Communion with Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage, Incoming Settled Minister




Past Services

Bold Journey, Safe Harbor

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles, et al.
Sunday, April 5 — 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 10:20 a.m.)
Wednesday, April 8 — 7:00 p.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 6:50 p.m.)

Even in this strange time of quarantine, physical separation, suspension as “life-as-usual” – the cherry blossoms bloomed! Our congregation has come together online and through phone calls and pastoral outreaches. In the midst of fear and anxiety, it is good for our souls to be liberated by the promise of love and spring returning and the continuing commitment we all feel with one another. 

Virtual Gatherings—Please visit www.uucr.org/zoom for details on how to participate in our online worship services, and for the schedule of our Faith Formation classes for children and youth.

Easter Sunday

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles, et al.
Sunday, April 12 — 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 10:20 a.m.)

Through story and song and community connections, we remind each other that our burdens can be lifted and our lives can offer meaning to one another. 

Virtual Gatherings—Please visit www.uucr.org/zoom for details on how to participate in our online worship services, and for the schedule of our Faith Formation classes for children and youth.


Midweek Vespers Service

Rev. Rebekah Savage
Wednesday, April 15 — 7:00 p.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 6:45 p.m.)

Join us Wednesday evenings for a weekly Vespers service, offering a thirty-minute midweek oasis of calm in this time of need. 


Earth Day

Rev. Rebekah Savage, et al.
Sunday, April 19 — 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 10:15 a.m.)

Our worship theme for the month is, ironically, “Liberation”. On this day, we are reminded that liberation for us is inextricably linked to our interdependent web of all existence. We celebrate the bursts of spring, and mourn the mounting hardships around us. 
 
Virtual Gatherings—Please visit www.uucr.org/zoom for details on how to participate in our online worship services, and for the schedule of our Faith Formation classes for children and youth.
Midweek Vespers Service

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles
Wednesday, April 22 — 7:00 p.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 6:45 p.m.)

Join us Wednesday evenings for a weekly Vespers service, offering a thirty-minute midweek oasis of calm in this time of need. 
Liberating Our Relationships

Rev. Russ Savage, Guest Minister
Sunday, April 26 — 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 10:15 a.m.)

The Rev. Russ Savage, a longtime beloved UU colleague in the DC region, joins UUCR today to offer an inspiring message.
 
Virtual Gatherings—Please visit www.uucr.org/zoom for details on how to participate in our online worship services, and for the schedule of our Faith Formation classes for children and youth.
Midweek Vespers Service

Rev. Rebekah Savage
Wednesday, April 29 — 7:00 p.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 6:45 p.m.)

Join us Wednesday evenings for a weekly Vespers service, offering a thirty-minute midweek oasis of calm in this time of need. 


Where Is Your Shovel?

Rev. Rebekah Savage
Sunday, May 3 — 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 10:15 a.m.)

The Rev. Rebekah A. Savage, our Candidate for Senior Minister, will reflect on our spiritual theme of the month, "Thresholds". What do we gain in this time of spiritual transition?
 
Virtual Gatherings—Please visit www.uucr.org/zoom for details on how to participate in our online worship services, and for the schedule of our Faith Formation classes for children and youth.
Midweek Vespers Service

Sarah Jebian, Director of Music
Wednesday, May 6 — 7:00 p.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 6:45 p.m.)

Join us Wednesday evenings for a weekly Vespers service, offering a thirty-minute midweek oasis of calm in this time of need. 


Arise, Mothers!

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles
Sunday, May 10 — 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 10:15 a.m.)

A number of UUCR congregants share their reflections on this Mother's Day. And Rev. Linda offers a homily about the responsibility of all who cross the threshold from being those who are nurtured to becoming those who offer nurture. What are mothers and nurturers called in these times to rise up to cry out to the world?
 
Virtual Gatherings—Please visit www.uucr.org/zoom for details on how to participate in our online worship services, and for the schedule of our Faith Formation classes for children and youth.
Midweek Vespers Service

Adrian Graham, Director of Communications & Membership
Wednesday, May 13 — 7:00 p.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 6:45 p.m.)

Join us Wednesday evenings for a weekly Vespers service, offering a thirty-minute midweek oasis of calm in this time of need. 


Crossing Thresholds - A Bridging Service

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles; Carla Miller, Director of Religious Education; Adrian Graham, Director of Communications & Membership
Sunday, May 17 — 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 10:15 a.m.)

UUCR honors high school seniors who will cross a figurative "bridge" as they graduate. Sean Hickey offers a reflection on being a young adult who crossed the bridge from UUCR youth to young adulthood and leadership. And we welcome our newest members.
 
Virtual Gatherings—Please visit www.uucr.org/zoom for details on how to participate in our online worship services, and for the schedule of our Faith Formation classes for children and youth.
Midweek Vespers Service

Carla Miller, Director of Religious Education
Wednesday, May 20 — 7:00 p.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 6:45 p.m.)

Join us Wednesday evenings for a weekly Vespers service, offering a thirty-minute midweek oasis of calm in this time of need. 


Memorial Day Sunday & Legacy Sunday

Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage, et al.
Sunday, May 24 — 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 10:15 a.m.)

We remember and honor those who have served, as well as those who are no longer with us from this UUCR Beloved Community. As a part of honoring, Sherry Dittmann will share about UUCR's Legacy Society as we celebrate those who have chosen to have enduring blessings towards our shared future. May we be worthy of their legacy.
 
Virtual Gatherings—Please visit www.uucr.org/zoom for details on how to participate in our online worship services, and for the schedule of our Faith Formation classes for children and youth.
Midweek Vespers Service

Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage
Wednesday, May 27 — 7:00 p.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 6:45 p.m.)

Join us Wednesday evenings for a weekly Vespers service, offering a thirty-minute midweek oasis of calm in this time of need. 


Ordained for the Thresholds

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles
Sunday, May 31 — 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 10:15 a.m.)

Religious community offers support to people throughout their lives, crossing thresholds from one stage to the next, onward to the final crossing. Rev. Linda offers a homily, reminding us of our calling to this ministry.
 
Virtual Gatherings—Please visit www.uucr.org/zoom for details on how to participate in our online worship services, and for the schedule of our Faith Formation classes for children and youth.
Midweek Vespers Service

Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage & Guest
Wednesday, June 3 — 7:00 p.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 6:45 p.m.)

Join us Wednesday evenings for a weekly Vespers service, offering a thirty-minute midweek oasis of calm in this time of need. 


Music Sunday - Compassion in the Time of COVID-19

Sarah Jebian, Director of Music, et al.
Sunday, June 7 — 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 10:15 a.m.)

The landscape of how we make music together has changed for the foreseeable future. As musicians all over the world frantically learn how to do what they do in a virtual reality, it is time to practice radical compassion - for ourselves and others. Sarah and Justin, along with other UUCR musicians and singers will explore the theme of compassion by allowing a glimpse behind the scenes of how we make music...especially in this new era of COVID-19. The Choir will make its virtual debut!
 
Virtual Gatherings—Please visit www.uucr.org/zoom for details on how to participate in our online worship services, and for the schedule of our Faith Formation classes for children and youth.
Midweek Vespers Service

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles
Wednesday, June 10 — 7:00 p.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 6:45 p.m.)

Join us for the last of our Wednesday evening Vespers services - a thirty-minute midweek oasis of calm in this time of need. 


Flower Communion - Community Compassion

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles, Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage, et al.
Sunday, June 14 — 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 10:15 a.m.)

On this day when we observe the traditional Unitarian ceremony of community called Flower Communion, we will offer thanks and appreciation for the leaders in our community, especially those who have offered pastoral care and helping hands, and those who have been volunteer teachers. Toward the end of the Zoom service, those who are nearby are invited to drive through the church parking lot to give and receive flowers.
 
Virtual Gatherings—Please visit www.uucr.org/zoom for details on how to participate in our online worship services, and for the schedule of our Faith Formation classes for children and youth.
Father's Day

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles, with UUCR Members
Sunday, June 21 — 10:30 a.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 10:15 a.m.)

A Collage of Voices from the UUCR community - Kirsten French; Mark Stiles; Ricardo, Michael, and Henry Carvajal; Ginny Folsom; Ken Ambrose; Brian Haugen - reflecting on fathers. Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles will add her reflections on "Pride and Protest."
 
Virtual Gatherings—Please visit www.uucr.org/zoom for details on how to participate in our online worship services, and for the schedule of our Faith Formation classes for children and youth.
General Assembly Events

Watch the Public Events of the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association, our movement's annual gathering.

Wednesday, June 24 — 8:45 p.m. General Session 1

Thursday, June 25 — 1:30 p.m. General Session 2
Thursday, June 25 — 4:00 p.m. General Session 3 - Commision on Institutional Change Report
Thursday, June 25 — 5:15 p.m. Annual Reports to the Association
Thursday, June 25 — 6:00 p.m. Service of the Living Tradition (we will TEST watching this together via Zoom beginning at 5:45 p.m.)

Please click here for information and links to Public Events taking place from Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28.


Beyond the Water's Edge: General Assembly Sunday Morning Worship

Rev. Joan Javier-Duval, Unitarian Church of Montpelier (VT)
Sunday, June 28 — 9:45 a.m. via Zoom (virtual worship space opens at 9:30 a.m.)

Join UUCR at 9:45 a.m. on June 28 for welcome and check-in before we leave our Zoom Sanctuary, going together virtually to join more than 6,000 Unitarian Universalists at General Assembly for a shared worship at 10:00 a.m. You will not want to miss this! We will return to our UUCR Zoom Sanctuary to have our community "coffee hour" following the service. Additional details will be shared here in the coming days, as well as via Realm and our social media accounts.
 
Virtual Gatherings—Please visit www.uucr.org/zoom for details on how to participate in our online worship services, and for the schedule of our Faith Formation classes for children and youth.

 

 

Past Sermons

Read or listen to a recent Sunday sermon below, or visit our archived sermons for more. Transcripts are saved as PDFs, and mp3 audio can be played online.

03/29/2020

Drawing the Circle Wide - Who's in Your Circle?

Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles
Reading(s):

03/22/2020

Looking Back from (Nearly) Eighty

Jim Blue, UUCR member
Reading(s):

03/15/2020

Wisdom?

Rev. Rebekah Savage
Reading(s):
  • lifelong spiritual discovery
  • beloved community
  • a just world

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