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Service Date, Title, Speaker/s

  • March 28: Widening the Circle
    Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) have raised the consciousness of our faith movement since the nineteenth century, yet Unitarian Universalism remains a predominantly white religious community, impoverished by our inability (or unwillingness) to widen our practices and keep our promises. Interim Minister  Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will explore ...
  • March 21: Covenant — Lighting the Way of Community
    Unitarian Universalists are sometimes asked, since we don’t share a creed or set of beliefs, what holds us together? In a word, covenant. UUs have agreed to a general set of principles that get us started in a general direction, but the force that lights our path along the journey ...
  • March 14: Loved into Being
    Beautiful are the blessings offered freely and unstintingly, from one human to another, from one generation to another. Unitarian Universalist Association President, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, offers her thoughts on generosity as a sustaining and transforming value for our time. https://www.facebook.com/uufaga/videos/435679640985299
  • March 7: Flux & Flow
    So much is in flux in our world; and the social, political, and environmental realities seem to be ever-mutating. As the world changes dramatically in most every way (climate, demographics, political mood, business models, and more), a bold new strategy must emerge to bring about change on a personal, communal, ...
  • February 7: Moving within a Time of Transition
    https://www.facebook.com/184926198077/videos/762974801270061 As if the world hadn’t been in enough transition already, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens is simultaneously in the midst of ministerial transition. If we were a symphony, what kind of movement would this one be? Interim Minister Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will have a look into how a ...
  • February 14: Side with LOVE
    https://www.facebook.com/uufaga/videos/280009023462995 What if to “side with love” meant making bold, faith-full choices? This Valentine’s Day worship service brings together UU leaders from across the country to offer hopeful, moving, challenging reminders about what we, as Unitarian Universalists, are called to do and BE, in the world. Participants include Dr. Takiyah Nur ...
  • February 21: Black Empowerment, White Privilege, and Gadflies
    https://www.facebook.com/uufaga/videos/1321973791536757 When the Unitarians and Universalists merged in 1961, they brought together over a century of diligent work for racial justice, yet in 1969, Unitarian Universalism was almost destroyed by a conflict that led most of the black delegates to General Assembly and many white supporters to walk out in protest. Many ...
  • February 28: Buried Treasure
    The Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann says, “Telling parables was one of Jesus’ revolutionary activities, for parables are subversive re-imagining of reality…These stories haunt us and push us in directions we never thought we would go.” Interim Minister the Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz examines a story from the past that could ...
  • January 17: Laboring under Illusions
    Income inequality is a fact of life–the consistent presence of the poor is mentioned in Leviticus, which dates to the 7th century BCE, yet in every age there have arisen prophets who call societies to build a more equitable economic system. In the 20th century, the Unitarian Universalist Whitney Young ...
  • January 24: Teach Your Children Well: Raising Kids Unfundamentalist
    Sometimes skeptical and progressive parents wonder how firm their foundations are for teaching kids about life, love, and morality (or they’re challenged by family and friends who fear that raising kids unfundamentalist is irresponsible). Interim Minister Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will explore the challenges and opportunities. https://www.facebook.com/uufaga/videos/401589817806452
  • January 31: Keeping the Faith
    Being faithful in times of distress or stress is hard.  Keeping one’s action aligned with one’s belief system can take great strength and stamina, especially when we are called to love ourselves, each other, and the world.  Unitarianism and Unitarian Universalism have been challenging their adherents for all of our ...
  • January 10: Healing the Heart of Democracy
    This past week, on January 6, a mob of several thousand people attacked the U.S. Capitol and disrupted the peaceful practice of democracy. Though order was restored within hours, the incident reminds us how fragile our systems are and how much we depend upon the good will of our fellow ...
  • January 3: When Spiritual but Not Religious Is Not Enough
    https://www.facebook.com/uufaga/videos/694969611187991/?notif_id=1609702585311982&notif_t=video_trimming_result&ref=notif In a recent national study, the largest (and still growing) group among American spiritual seekers are those who respond to the question of religious affiliation with “None.” At the same time, the numbers of people who describe themselves as spiritual has grown. What do The Nones look for when they ...
  • Video (December 6): Chalica, a Principled Celebration!
    https://www.facebook.com/uufaga/videos/395877491650195   Unitarian Universalists are boundlessly curious about the world’s religions and happily celebrate many winter holidays. Fifteen years ago, a group of young adult UU seminarians began to yearn aloud for a holiday celebration that would be our own thing, not to supplant or compete with the other joyous celebrations, but ...
  • December 13: Stand Your Ground
    https://www.facebook.com/uufaga/videos/856076478492813 Hanukkah is a holiday rooted in armed resistance, but there’s much more to the story including a lot that is relevant to our own era. Interim Minister the Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will tell in story and song the tale of the ancient Maccabean rebellion and the deeper meanings in ...
  • December 20 : A Point of Repose
    https://www.facebook.com/184926198077/videos/1549484678580988 Winter Solstice is an astrological phenomenon, a point in time marking the longest night and shortest day for people in Earth’s Northern Hemisphere. It’s also traditionally a time of spiritual quiet, of germination, of dreaming. Interim Minister the Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will explore the turn towards darkness and rest ...
  • December 21: Honoring the Dark, Welcoming the Light (7 p.m.)
    https://www.facebook.com/uufaga/videos/1014811105707654     Dim the lights, cozy up to the fire, and spend the Winter Solstice with Music Director, Amber Fetner and UUFA musicians. We will rest in the darkness of the longest night and celebrate the return of the sun through music, reflection, and community. Don’t forget to pick up your December ...
  • December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service (7 p.m.)
    This is a service of song and story, celebrating mystery and wonder in Unitarian Universalist style. Interim Minister the Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will tell a story (no sermon), and we’ll sing the UU versions of favorite carols. This virtual candlelight service is a great way to soothe tired children ...
  • December 27: Burning Bowl
    https://www.facebook.com/uufaga/videos/910413479697509 Led by Lay Minister Lee Cornell and Worship Assistant Leigh Harvey.  
  • November 15: God Loves the World: No Exceptions
    Universalism is, clearly, an important part of the history Unitarian Universalist faith tradition. We’re proud of our heritage of heresy, but what does “universalism” mean? Interim Minister Rev. Lisa Romantum Schwartz will consider what relevance the concept has for the world today and what it might look like to recast ...
  • November 22: Unplug the Christmas Machine 
    Whether you love or loathe the holiday season, it’s hard to ignore it, and it seems that each year the materialistic machine encroaches a little more on a time that’s supposed to be festive, fun, and … maybe even holy. Looking for stamina to make it through? Interim Minister Rev. ...
  • November 8:  Living in the Tension
    The election has already happened. At this writing, we don’t yet know the outcome. Worse yet, the uncertainty and associated tension may last for some time. The service for today will be led by interim minister Rev. Lisa R. Schwartz, and its topic will remain relatively fluid until more is ...
  • November 1: Planting Hope
    It’s been a tough year. Autumn brings deeper darkness to the Northern Hemisphere and a high-stakes election to our nation. We are grateful for our November theme reminding us of the importance of “strength and stamina.” Today is the annual bulb ceremony, and we’ll remember those we’ve lost and plant ...
  • October 11: The Rainbow’s Arc
    Unitarian Universalists are rightly proud of being leaders in accepting the fullness of human sexual and gender expression. On this Coming Out Day, UUFA’s Interim Minister Rev. Lisa Schwartz unpacks the history of the GLBTQIA+ movement, how the rainbow revolution came about, and what struggles might lie ahead to upset ...
  • October 18: Listen, Listen, Listen to My Heart’s Song
    Grieving the loss of someone or something we hold dear is a part of being human — it’s a feature, as they say, not a bug. Still, grieving is something in which we can gain facility and strength. Interim Minister Rev. Lisa Schwartz explores how to grieve well and wholeheartedly ...
  • October 25: The Art of Living Civilly 
    CLICK HERE TO VIEW The past few years have been long and have strained the fabric of society. The idea of civil discourse seems to be a naive dream. Will it ever be possible to move past isolation and fear and into relationship with folks who aren’t just like us? Interim ...
  • October 4: All Creatures of the Earth and Sky
    October 4 is International Animal Day.  In the interconnected web of all existence of which we are a part, animals are both lovingly incorporated and distancely “othered.” Join us in exploring the balance that is happening and might happen in our relationships with animals. This month’s Cause of the Month is ...

July 26, Rooted, Inspired, and Ready, Karen Solheim, Herb West, Iva King, Susie Weller, Myrna Adams West (video link)

July 19, There's No Place Like the Fellowship, Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen (video link)

July 12, Improvisation, Virginia Carver and Leigh Harvey (video link)

July 5, Going Deeper, with Myrna Adams West and Rev. Alison Eskildsen (video link)

June 28, Living with Pride, with UUFA members (video link)

June 21, Fire in the Soul, Rev. Dr. Don A. Randall (video link)

June 14, Stories for Our Lives, Rev. Alison Eskildsen (video link)

June 7, Sharing the Ministry at UUFA, Rev. Alison Eskildsen and new Lay Ministers (video link)

May 31, Letting Go of Expectations, Rev. Alison Eskildsen (video link)

May 24, Bee Wise, Rev. Alison Eskildsen (video link) and Build a Bee game video.

May 17, Religious Exploration Sunday, Kelli McConnell (Dir. of Religious Exploration) and several Fellowship members (video link to be added)

May 10, Mothering in Many Forms, with several Fellowship members (video link)

May 3, Letting Go with Laughter, Rev. Alison Eskildsen (video link A and link B, due to internet interruption)

April 26, Making Ordinary into Holy, Rev. Alison Eskildsen (video link)

April 19, 50 Years of Earth Day, Mark Williams, Rev. Alison Eskildsen (video link), Green Sanctuary Team's "What You Can Do" document

April 12, An Easter Blossoming, Rev. Alison Eskildsen (video link)

April 5, Finding Comfort, Healing Wounds, Rev. Alison Eskildsen (video link)

March 29, A Taoist Look at Conflict, Rev. Alison Eskildsen (video link)

March 22, The Spirit of Life, Rev. Alison Eskildsen (video link)

March 15, Facing Challenges with Grace, Rev. Alison Eskildsen (video link)

March 8, Resistance Songs, Amber Fetner, Music Director

March 1, Voting Our Values, Rev. Alison Eskildsen

February 23, Black Lives of UU, Rev. Alison Eskildsen

February 16, Mountain Magic, Maddalena Messori, Owen Rayburn, Kelly Simonsen, Virginia Carver

February 9, Let’s Celebrate Love, Rev. Alison Eskildsen

February 2, Hidden Stirrings, Rev. Alison Eskildsen

January 19, The Spirit of Justice, Kate Blane, John Olive, Heather Jensen, Rev. Alison Eskildsen

January 12, Mystical Insights, Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen

January 5, Open to Opportunity, Rev. Alison W. Eskildsen