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July Sunday Summer Services
July 4 - July 31
Sunday Service | July 4, 2021 – 9:30 and 11:15 AM
“What I Know of Country” with Rev. Oscar Sinclair
Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Nebraska
“Listen, we need to talk,” poet Richard Blanco writes of what he knows of country. In faith and in civic life, we have been confronted with the chasm between our highest aspirations and our lived history. As we move forward into this next season, how can we hold the tension between aspiration, history, and the present moment?
Rev. Oscar Sinclair has served the Unitarian Church of Lincoln since 2017. A graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Oscar holds a Masters of Divinity Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC, where he is currently enrolled in the Doctorate of Ministry program. During the pandemic, Oscar and his spouse Stacie have enjoyed the challenge of keeping up with the combined enthusiasm of their three year old daughter and Labrador retriever.
Sunday Service | July 11, 2021 – 9:30 and 11:15 AM
“Opening Up” with Rev. Kendyl Gibbons
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Kansas City, Missouri
As the worst of the pandemic continues to ebb, it is clear that there is no going backward for our UU communities. We are moving into a new world of technology and expectations, human connection and faith. Such transitions are always messy, and change makes systems anxious. What can guide us as we open up to these altered realities? Where IS our holy church?
Rev. Dr. Kendyl Gibbons is in her ninth year as Senior Minister of All Souls UU Church in Kansas City. She has served as President of the UU Ministers Association, adjunct faculty at M/L Theological School and United Seminary of the Twin Cities, and co-dean of the Humanist Institute. She recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of her ordination and enjoys UU hymnody and supervising parish internships.
Sunday Service | July 18, 2021 – 9:30 and 11:15 AM
“Season of Endings and Beginnings” with Rev. Jonalu Johnstone
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Manhattan
The seasons of our lives bring continual endings and beginnings. We certainly are experiencing that now! The feelings swirl. The ups and downs of ending and beginning are real. And, in this particular time we have been assaulted by loss. How do we embrace the beginnings as we release what has been as we mourn the losses we have had?
Jonalu has completed 28 years of ministry in Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Kansas, culminating in six years of developmental ministry with the UU Fellowship of Manhattan. Originally from Virginia and shaped by growing up near the capital of the Confederacy, Jonalu has continually focused energy and advocacy on marginalized people. After today, she and her longtime partner Jane Powell start the new adventure of retirement.
Sunday Service | July 25, 2021 – 9:30 and 11:15 AM
“Wait and See” with Rev. Shari Woodbury
First Unitarian Church of Omaha
As we emerge from the pandemic, what will “the next normal” be like? How and how soon can we get there? Clues may come from a Taoist farmer, a prophetic sister, and a game of ping pong. “Wait and see, wait and see what a world there can be if we share, if we care, you and me” (#146).
Rev. Shari Woodbury seeks to create pathways for “the transforming power of love” to work in individual lives, in congregations, and beyond. This Iowa native previously served churches in Indiana and Texas, before being called home to the Midwest last summer by the First Unitarian Church of Omaha. Shari is sustained by music, meditation, hiking, and playing ping pong with her husband and tween.