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May 2020

May 17: “For the Time Being” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

May 17 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Virtual Annual Congregational meeting. In times of great uncertainty, we may not be able to act with assurance and stability, because the situation changes so quickly. Yet we must make decisions about the ongoing life of our institutions, governments, families. These days, we are called to be nimble, and to adjust quickly to new circumstances. How can our spiritual practice and perspectives help us?

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May 24: “Called On; 40 years of Ministry” with Rev. Jill Jarvis and Rev. David Weissbard

May 24 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

On the rainy evening of May 24, 1980, a 25 year old Kendyl Gibbons was ordained to the Unitarian Universalist ministry. Much in the world has changed over these 40 years, but her commitment to that call has remained steadfast. Join us for a celebration of Kendyl’s 4 decades of service to our movement.

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May 31: “New World Coming” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

May 31 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

As we celebrate the ordination of Rebecca Gant, we look to the future, of our religious heritage, and of our world. Now months into the experience of the COVID 19 pandemic, what can we see of the shape of that future, and how might we embrace its opportunities?

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June 2020

June 7: “Your Best Life” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

June 7 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

As our high school graduates move forward into a changed cultural landscape, Oprah and others have made popular the concept of “living your best life.” Does that mean kale smoothies and exotic travel destinations, or might the classic philosophers have some wisdom to offer on the subject? Who wants to be a little princess? This will be our final opportunity to support the Religious Education program for young people for this fiscal year. Click here to watch streaming video on…

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June 14: “Stress Cracks” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

June 14 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

The death of Ahmaud Arbery, and the ongoing statistical evidence that African Americans are more likely to die of COVID 19 than their white neighbors, remind us yet again that there is a structural flaw at the heart of American culture. A crisis like the current pandemic will inevitably reveal these fractures in our common life. Yes, we are all worried and under pressure, but this is no time to give up on better justice. Today we observe the traditional…

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June 21: “Legacies” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons

June 21 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

To be a father is to become the carrier of a legacy, and to have a father is to be the recipient of a legacy -- some good, some not so helpful. A crisis like the current pandemic makes it easy to be captured by the immediate and urgent, perhaps at the expense of what is more important over the long term. What is it that we want to preserve for the next generation who will inherit this world --…

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June 28: “Rooted, Inspired, and Ready” with the Worship from GA 2020

June 28 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Rev. Joan Javier-Duval will deliver the sermon at the live stream 2020 General Assembly Sunday Morning Worship. The daughter of immigrants from the Philippines, she serves as Minister of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, VT. Beauty, gratitude, and love are at the heart of her faithful striving for collective liberation and a thriving planet. Click here to watch streaming video on Sunday mornings at 11:15. Click here to find the YouTube channel and archives. Service of the Living Tradition is…

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All Souls joins Cooperative Summer Worship Series for 2020.

June 28 @ 11:15 am - August 30 @ 12:15 pm

  When our UU congregations pivoted suddenly to online worship back in March, in response to the outbreak of the corona virus pandemic, all of us had to invent new formats and adapt to new technologies instantly.  Many of our ministers and tech staff and volunteers rose to the occasion with great creativity and skill.  Now, during our traditional summer break and study time, we are taking this opportunity to share our discoveries and learn from each other through a…

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July 2020

July 5: “What Happens Next” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons, Kansas City, MO

July 5 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

We are all responsible for what happens next, as we reflect on the American experiment in democracy and the historical brutality and denial that has been woven into it. Are we willing to redeem the promises of our founding vision, even at the cost of comfort, in this moment of critical opportunity? Rev. Kendyl Gibbons considers some classic texts from black writers reflecting on being American.

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July 12: “Tragedy + Time” with Rev. Matthew Johnson, Rockford IL

July 12 @ 11:15 am - 12:15 pm

    Scholars of healing have given us a road-map of how both individuals and communities heal from trauma and tragedy. What are the stops on the way, and what paths should we avoid? Where do we go from here? The Rev. Dr. Matthew Johnson is the Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Rockford, IL. He's joined in leading this service by Tim Anderson, Music Director at the Rockford church.

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