Sunday Service: “The Value of Prayer”

All faith traditions include behaviors that are described as prayer.  What common experience of interaction with one’s divine nature do we share at Hopedale?  Come with an open heart to explore a few thoughts with Kathleen Carels about this oft-overlooked practice. Service Leader: Celia Ellison      Children’s RE: Activity in the lower level during the service.

Sunday Service: “Exploring the Sources of our Living Tradition” 

Doris Bergen will lead us in exploring another of the sources of Unitarian Universalist inspiration: humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit. Service leader:  Celia Ellison. Children’s RE: Classes 9:30 – 10:15 a.m., then children will … Continued

Sunday Service: “Samhain”

At this turning of the wheel of year, Lori O’Malley will speak about the Samhain and the importance of this sabbath in pagan tradition. We will have the opportunity to join in a ritual of release and renewal as we reflect on all the past year has brought us. Genevieve O’Malley Knight will be the … Continued

Sunday Service: “Digging Mole Day: A Unitarian Universalist Perspective”

Celebrated annually on October 23 from 6:02 a.m. to 6:02 p.m., Mole Day commemorates Avogadro’s Number (6.02 x 10 23 ), which is a basic measuring unit in chemistry. Join Diane Wright as we explore the ways, and the reasons, we measure and understand our world. Service Leader: Patty Klingenberg. Children’s RE: Classes 9:30 – … Continued

Sunday Service: “Journeying toward Spiritual Wholeness in Beloved Community: Renewing Welcoming Congregation Status”

Hopedale member Ann Fuehrer will outline this year’s process of renewing Hopedale’s Welcoming Congregation status. She will frame welcoming practices within the context of the core of the UUA’s 8th Principle, journeying toward spiritual wholeness in Beloved Community. Service leader: Kathleen Carels. Children’s RE: Activity in lower level during the service.

Sunday Service: “Shaped by UU Principles: Our Faith and Governance”

Libby Earle and Liz Woedl represented Hopedale at the UUA General Assembly in June and will describe the GA experience at a time when UUs seek to embrace an inclusive future. Children’s RE: Classes 9:30 – 10:15 a.m., then they will join their families for the intergenerational service.

Sunday Service: “Exploring the Sources of our Living Tradition”

Kathleen Carels will bring our focus to the source: “Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.” Most of us still kindle, to some degree in our hearts and souls, parts of earlier experiences that influence our current understanding of what it means to be … Continued

Sunday Service: Zen and the Art of Bike Touring

“Zen and the Art of Bike Touring or Life Lessons Gained from Bicycle Riding” Liz Wilson, Professor of Comparative Religion at Miami University, is a scholar of Buddhism and an avid cycler. Come think about lessons gained from travel and exercise. Service leader: Jennifer Blue.

Sunday Service: “Rock and Water Service” 

The traditional in-gathering ceremony performed by many UU congregations across the country is intended to welcome everyone back from summer activities and reflect on our time (largely) away. Bring rocks or water to symbolize your journey. But don’t worry, we will have both on hand if you forget. Service leader:  Patty Klingenberg.  Intergenerational.