September 4: All Labor is Labor
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people–but what does that mean about the work that people do? In honor of Labor Day, we will interrogate how we regard and approach different kinds of labor–especially in the wake of the pandemic, which revealed all kinds of truths about the kind of labor we regard as “essential.”
September 11: How are the Children?
A traditional greeting among Masai warriors in Africa is: “How are the children?” And the traditional answer is: “All the children are well.” If all the children are well, then that means life is good, peace and safety prevail. What does it look like to ask ourselves that question about the children in our country?
September 18: The Tolerance of Paradox
We welcome everyone–but is there a limit to who we will welcome? Today we will explore what’s called the tolerance paradox: the idea that in order to build an inclusive space, we must exclude the intolerant. What does that look like?
September 25: The Worth and Dignity of Every Person
Our First Principle affirms and promotes the inherent worth and dignity of each human being. The Unitarian Universalist commitment to the worth and dignity of every human being calls us to respect the autonomy of women and men in determining their own healthcare choices and decisions. In light of the Supreme Court decision on Roe v. Wade, Rev. Gaye asks us to think about how countercultural the First Principle might be seen because of it.
Rev. Dr. Gaye Morris is an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister in her 9th year of ministry. She served the Augusta Georgia UU congregation for 6 years before marrying the Rev. David Morris and moving to the Outer Banks. They are raising their great-grandson Oliver, who has started the second grade, and they live in Manteo with three goofy hound dogs.
Gaye is a community minister affiliated with the Oak Ridge Tennessee UU congregation, and also is the secretary/treasurer of the UU Justice Ministry of North Carolina. She and David co-chair the North Dare Ministerial Association in the Outer Banks and also serve as volunteer hospital chaplains. Gaye will be working as a Dare County poll official in the upcoming elections, and wants every person here to make their vote count in November!
October 2: Blessing of the Animals
For the Feast of St. Francis, we bless our animal companions on this day! All are invited to bring their (well-behaved and appropriately vaccinated) pets to church on this day, whether they be furry, scaly, or feathered, for celebration and blessing. If your pet would rather attend virtually, we invite you to send a photo of your pet to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the slideshow.
October 9: Come Out, Come Out, Whoever You are
We all “come out” at some point or other in our lives. Some of us have had to “come out” about the way we voted in a past election; some of us have had to “come out” as Unitarian Universalists; some of us have done the traditional old-fashioned “coming out” as LGBTQ+. All of us long to be seen, accepted, and celebrated as our true, authentic selves. Today, we celebrate and also acknowledge the challenges of building an authentic, inclusive community.
October 16: A Chosen Faith
Unitarian Universalism is also known as the “chosen faith.” We are here because we choose to be here: not because we are threatened with eternal damnation; and not because we were born into this faith and must remain within it for the rest of our days. And there is power in what Unitarian theologian James Luther Adams called the “voluntary association.” In this service, we will learn about Adams’ “conversion” experience in Germany and how modern Unitarian Universalism is founded on his ideas of the voluntary association.
October 23: Homecoming
Come home! Come home, all ye who wander, come home! We extend a special welcome to those who have never been through our doors and those we miss, who have not been back in a long while. All are welcome for a special day of singing, reminiscing about the past, looking forward to the future, and a potluck lunch afterward!
October 30: Samhain
Samhain (pronounced Sow-en) is a thousand-year-old Gaelic holiday, also called the Celtic New Year. It is observed in many cultures and with a myriad of rituals. Samhain is a festival marking the end of the harvest and beginning of winter. It sometimes covers 3 days from October 31-November 2, and it may be related to All Saints Day, All Souls Day, and Halloween. We will examine several traditions honoring the dead souls as they return to bless their loved ones. Worship Associates are Mary Anna Newman, Linda Rudd, and Tom Wentworth.