fern-225642Welcome to theme-based ministry!

Each month we focus on a broad theme that has resonance for Unitarian Universalists in our personal and spiritual lives. You can read about the theme in Rev. Joan’s monthly blog, hear about it during Sunday services, and experience it in our religious education programs, whether you are a child, a centenarian, or somewhere in between. Beginning in October, we will also add a new adult religious education program, the “Soul Matters Circle,” where members and friends can explore the theme at a deeper level together with me, as your minister.

Whether you are part of the Soul Matters Circle or not, you can participate in the monthly spiritual exercises.

Building multi-generational community and transforming lives requires our focused attention. While this may surprise some, our religion is actually not one where the rule of the day is “you can believe whatever you want,” but a system and set of tools for seeking answers both individually and in the collective. While it is true that you may reach different answers and discern different truths than the person next to you, we inherit a shared history and go forward connected by legacy, responsibility, and hope.

Unitarian Universalist faith formation shapes and inspires children, youth, and adults who prepared to create real change in our larger world.

How do we come to understand the values and ideals championed by our religious tradition of Unitarian Universalism? How do we live into these values and ideals to become the people we wish to be?

More than 200 of our sister congregations are collaboratively exploring these questions through the Soul Matters program, which we joined last year on an experimental basis. Soul Matters doesn’t dictate how we look at the themes or what we do on Sunday mornings, but provides resources to support our explorations here at UCM.

This year, we will center our spiritual explorations around a set of themes inspired by and in concert with the Soul Matters program.

Our 2016-2017 themes are:

“A community of….”

September   Rootedness
October   Humility
November   Story
December   Presence
January   Prophecy
February   Identity
March   Risk
April   Healing
May   Embodiment
June   Zest

I look forward to another year of growth and transformation with all of you.

With love,

Rev. Joan