Twenty years ago, on Sept 28, 1997, the Springfield UU Congregation dedicated the Peace Pole on the patio outside the sanctuary. We’ll commemorate this event and rededicate the Peace Pole in our intergenerational worship service on September 24. If the weather permits, part of the service will be outside on the patio. Learning how to live peacefully in the world, with each other, with the Earth, with folks of all religions and races, is the aim of religions. We’ll tie this event in with our theme for the year, “Exploring the World’s Religions – Paths to Peace.” The choir is preparing some special music. In the service on September 24, we’ll re-dedicate not just the pole, but more importantly ourselves, to this crucial work of being instruments of peace in our beautiful and broken world. In this fractious time, peace-keepers and peace cultivators are critically needed. —————————————————————————————————————————————–September 10: Annual Water Communion In-Gathering with Rev. M’ellen Kennedy
We commence our church year as we reconvene our community after the summer months when we’ve had less gatherings. Each of us is welcome to bring water collected from our summer excursions and combine the waters together as a symbol of our community reassembling. We’ll explore water as a symbol of spirituality. Join us as we embark on a year- long exploration of the world’s religions and take a dive into the depth of our souls
We’ll continue exploring the world’s religions, this week through dance. The Dances of Universal Peace are simple, meditative, joyous, multi-cultural circle dances that use sacred phrases, chants, music and movements to touch the spiritual essence in ourselves and recognize it in others. No musical or dance experience of any kind is required. And everyone is welcome (but not pressured) to join in. The Dances focus on PEACE — creating a sense of solidarity and community, while celebrating and understanding the unity of all spiritual traditions on the Earth. Come and be a part of the circle that connects all of humanity. Sandra Walia Guillow is a seasoned and enthusiastic dance leader from Connecticut who will help us find ease and grace and will be accompanied by her musician husband Shems WIlliam Guillow. For more info www.dancesofuniversalpeace.org
August 2017 Services
August 6, Picnic and Vesper Service
It has become a tradition that we gather once during the summer for a picnic and then a vesper(evening) service.
The date for this year is August 6th. We will begin gathering at the church at 4:30 P.M. with time to catch up on how our summers are going. Please bring your summer picnic favorite to share. The Vesper Service will be after we have finished eating around 6:00. All welcome!
The picnic and Vesper Service is organized by the Caring Committee.
Prior to the Vesper Service and Picnic, at 3:30 pm, there’ll be a walking tour of the Food Justice Summer Camp gardens and trails from Riverside School to St. Mark’s next door to us.
August 13: “To Live Deliberately: Celebrating Thoreau” with Rev. M’ellen Kennedy
July 12th marked the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, author of that great work, “Walden or
Life in the Woods.” “I went to the woods to live deliberately” is a quote
from “Walden,” Thoreau is imploring us to wake up! Let’s draw inspiration from Thoreau and look together at how we can have the courage to live with purpose and power.
August 27: “Our Local Food Coop” with Lucy Georgeoff and Julie Jones. Let’s explore how we can take back our lives by shopping locally, consuming local foods and eating foods that support our physical, emotional, social and spiritual well being.
Weekly Services resume on September 10th!