We are excited to be entering our 2nd year of theme-based ministry. This year, we have decided to join with a collaborative of many other UU Congregations (including all those in our immediate surrounding area) as a part of Soul Matters, a theme based learning circle, and will for the most part be following the shared themes of the collaborative. This means we will get to share resources and ideas about how to implement the theme in religious exploration, through music, and in our small group settings. Find out more about this collaboration at http://www.soulmatterssharingcircle.com.
Our Worship Themes for the coming year will be:
- September: Invitation
- October: Forgiveness
- November: Grace
- December: Expectation
- January: Resistance
- February: Desire
- March: Liberation
- April: Creation
- May: Blessing
- June: Simplicity
Do you have a favorite poem, book, or article that speaks to one of these themes? Do you have a personal story about your own reflections on one of the themes? Let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the 15th of the prior month, and we may be able to incorporate your submission into our theme based programming and/or worship service during that month.
As with last year, we will be “kicking off” the theme on the first Sunday of the month, primarily through our worship where we will usually be sharing in an All-Church Sunday where all ages are together for at least the first portion of the service to explore a story related to the theme, and begin to share in questions and reflections.
We will also continue to hold a Theme-Based Workshop after the second service where we will go deeper into the theme for all who are interested, which is an especially useful time for religious exploration teachers and small group leaders to come and have some time to reflect on the the theme before teaching and leading it for others.
New this year, we are also beginning a small group focused on the theme as well as sermons as our texts. This will begin in mid-October, and will meet twice a month through June. Look for more information on all of this by mid-August with the release of our Adult Religious Exploration 2015-16 Catalogue.