The Sunday Services
Unless noted, we have one Sunday worship service at 10:00 a.m.
Childcare is available.
Month of Sundays
April 6 - Heartbeat of the Earth: Nature Spirituality - Rev. Michael Walker
Many of us have had a convoluted spiritual path to follow, sometimes taking us through several religions and/or cultures. Rev. Mike's path took him from fundamentalist Baptist roots, to an agnostic place of unknowing, to a mystical experience of Earth-based Spirituality (Paganism) as informed by Buddhist meditation practices, to Unitarian Universalism. Still considering himself something of a Nature Mystic, a "Seventh Principle UU," he will help us explore how we may each find something special in the great outdoors, and what our responsibilities are in maintaining the health of the world we live in.
April 13 - "Go Out Into the Highways and Byways" - Rev. Michael Walker
By way of worshipful approach to the work that will follow in our Annual Congregational Meeting, Rev. Mike asks us to consider the larger vision and mission of Unitarian Universalism in the world, and what our part of that is at the local level. The sermon title is a quote from a famous benediction by the Rev. John Murray, who is often called the Father of Universalism. Murray's exhortation was that we should not hide our light under a bushel, but rather to let it shine--to let others see what it is that we stand for, so that our values may positively influence their lives. More than two centuries after Murray wrote those words, Rev. Mike feels that they still ring true for us, here and now. Please join us for the Annual Congreational Meeting that follows the service.
April 20 - Transcendentalist Heritage: The Cathedral of Nature - Rev. Michael Walker
Drawing on the works of Unitarian Transcendentalists, such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Thomas Starr King, we will explore the "Cathedral of Nature" (Forrest Church's words) with Rev. Mike.
Transcendentalism was considered by some to be a defining movement in American spiritual life, in general, and was deeply influential to Unitarianism, in particular. This movement taught the importance of human effors in the world (i.e., not surrendering everything to the will of the divine), as well as providing early recognition of what we now often call the "interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part" (the Seventh UU Principle).
April 27 - Celebration of Pete Seeger's Life and Music - Hank Payne & Claire Favro
The local musical duo, Hank & Claire, will lead us in a tribute to the late Pete Seeger, who was a UU, musician, and social justice activist. Many of Seeger's most popular songs will be featured in this musical service. As a member of the group, The Weavers, Seeger was blacklisted during the McCarthy era. He was very active in the Civil Rights Movement, and is credited with some of the most well-known songs of the era, including "If I Had a Hammer" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!." He also helped to popularize "We Shall Overcome." Please join us for what is sure to be a rousing musical service with Hank & Claire!
The Fellowship Hour follows worship services, with coffee and tea served, and supervision is provided for children on our playground. Our Sunday services draw from Jewish, Christian and earth-centered religious traditions, as well as from the wisdom of Eastern religious thought. We also seek meaning in personal experience and witness, social issues, literature and the sciences.
Our services begin with a warm welcome and the lighting of our Unitarian Universalist symbol, the flaming chalice. Our minister leads services about 3 times per month with the support of lay leaders and our Worship Committee. We also have guest speakers and fully lay-led services throughout the year.
A rich tapestry of music is interwoven with each service, with exuberant congregational hymns, a wonderful choir, and beautiful piano solos. We are a singing congregation, enjoying the spiritual connection music brings us each week.
During the months from mid-September to mid-June, the children begin the morning in the sanctuary with their parents, proceeding to their classes after a time of "sharing for all ages." Our sanctuary has wide windows which look out over a majestic forest, encouraging us to honor the spiritual in the natural world, and to "walk softly on the earth." You'll find great diversity in how our members dress on Sunday mornings - but "Northwest casual" (yes, even jeans) is the norm for many of us.