“What is Kwanzaa?” Last year, UCM Ministerial Intern, Verdis LeVar Robinson, introduced Kwanzaa, an African American celebration of life, and gifted a kinara (African candle holder) to the congregation. Join us as we dive a little deeper into the history and meanings of this contemporary … read more.
Category: Sermons and Podcasts
Love is Born: A Service of Lessons, Carols, and Candlelight
We celebrate the hope, peace, joy, love, and light of the Christmas season with a service of lessons, carols, and candle lighting. You are invited to have a candle near you to light during the service. … read more.
“The Joy of Sharing Our Gifts”
All of us have gifts to share with one another and the world. Our unconditional giving can be a blessing. How might we discover (and re-discover) the gift of who we are and find joy in our generous and humble … read more.
Joy is a complex emotion that encompasses a range of experiences and emotions. Joy brings forward the fullness of life even as it shifts shapes and exposes an ever-changing palette of colors and textures. In this service, we explore the full and complex nature of … read more.
“To Say Their Names”
Our annual remembrance service is a time to name those we have recently lost in our church community and in our own lives. We share our grief with one another and hold it tenderly through readings, songs, and candle lighting. You can … read more.
“Reckoning with the Past,” Rev. Joan Javier-Duval
We try to understand history in order to understand ourselves. Often, when we look back, we discover parts of our collective history that include acts of violence and harm. What can we learn from these aspects of history and … read more.
Over the course of this church’s 156 year history, the church building has played a major role in the life of the congregation. Both the building and the congregation have gone through many changes and weathered many storms. In this service, we will explore the … read more.
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval and UCM Climate Action Team
Our knowledge and agency are powerful tools in this moment of climate crisis and transformation. Our love for the planet and its inhabitants is the fuel we need to act faithfully in light of what we know. How … read more.