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 series of virtual visits to Sunday services with a cluster of our neighbor congregations. Through the gift of online worship, you will be able hear from some of our newest, up and coming young preachers, and some of our wisest senior colleagues. You will experience how a variety of congregations have embraced the challenges of these new formats. And all of our sound, video, and streaming tech folks will enjoy a little well-deserved time off. Look for our regular Sunday online gatherings to resume in September.
We hope that this series will be filled with stimulating ideas, discoveries, and creative connections that will inspire us for the coming year.
Here is the schedule:
June 28: UUA General Assembly Service
July 5 – What Happens Next: Kendyl Gibbons, All Souls KC MO –
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.
July 12 – Tragedy + Time : Matthew Johnson, Rockford IL
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. He’s joined in leading this service by Tim Anderson, Music Director at the Rockford church.
July 19 – The Journey for a Better World Continues: Marian Stewart, Columbus OH
Forty years ago, James Baldwin said, “The world is scarcely habitable for the conscious young.” He followed with “What shall we do? How shall we begin it? How can it be accomplished” How can one invest others with some hope?” This morning, we will walk with Baldwin and others as we find inspiration to continue the journey for a better world. Rev. Dr. Marian Stewart serves as Sr. Minister of the First UU Church in Columbus, OH. She has also served congregations in Kirkland, WA and on Vancouver Island, B.C. This morning, she will be joined by First UU ministerial, Religious Exploration, and music staff.
July 26 – The Poetics of the World: Aaron Stockwell, Lawrence, KS
2020 has been quite a year, and there is still more to go. It has shifted how and perhaps why we do congregational life. How can we reflect on the events of the last seven months with a theological angle? What would it mean to think theologically or spiritually as Unitarian Universalists in this time in our society? How can we make sense of it all? Rev. Aaron Stockwell served from 2018 – 2020 as the Interim Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence, KS. By the time of this service, he will have just begun as the Senior Minister of the First Parish in Framingham, MA. Aaron will be joined by staff and lay members of UUCL for this service.
August 2 – The Wisdom to Know the Difference: Rose Schwab, Shawnee Mission KS
As religious people, we are not only called to the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, but also to the deep and searching moral inventory. As people the world over struggle to look internally at the ways systemic racism has affected communities of color, we can look to the wisdom of other self-help programs for intruits into the difficult work of unworking. Please join us for a service about healing from and coming out of addiction, self-hatred, and self-harm, originally aired during the month of April, 2020. May the wisdoms of addiction ministries shed light on the issues that we as a globe face today, breaking us open to more honest, and open dialogue.
August 9 – Protest and Prayer: Transformed by Courageous Love: Sarah Ogelsby-Dunnegan, Topeka KS
The tools we need to transform our communities are the tools of courageous love. Although we think of protest and prayer as different tools, what if we could see protest as a form of prayer and prayer as a form of protest? Rev. Sarah Ogelsby-Dunnegant shares her experiences of the intersections between prayer and protest and the power of courageous love to transform each of us and all of us as people and communities working for justice and peace.
August 16 – Anchored Over the Horizon: Oscar Sinclair, Lincoln NE
Vaclav Havel wrote that hope …”transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons.” How do we hold fast to hope, even when it is distant? The Rev. Oscar Sinclair serves the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Nebraska, and will be joined in leading worship by staff and lay leaders of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln.
August 23 – Persons or a People?: Tensions Between Individuality and Community in our Churches and Culture: Jonalu Johnstone, Manhattan, KS
The tension between individuality and community crops up everywhere — in our response to the pandemic, in our reactions to racism, in running our congregations. Unitarian Universalists steeped in individualism sometimes struggle with how to make ourselves into a community. How do we equip ourselves to create balance between being persons and being a people? The Rev. Jonalu Johnstone serves as Developmental Minister of the UU Fellowship of Manhattan, KS, and is joined by Music Director Renea Brown and lay members of UUFM.
August 30 – Making Real Community: Kevin Jagoe, Buxmont PA
What does it mean to be part of a community and how do we know when we are in fact part of such a thing? Our Great Pause as a society has called into question many of our prior assumptions about religious congregations and all sorts of other ways we are, or are not, part of communities. The Rev. Kevin W. Jagoe serves BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Warrington, PA as their minister and is joined by Music Director John Hook, Accompanist Margaret Lea, and lay members of the BuxMont community.
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