The UU Church in Cherry Hill celebrates the month of May as the anniversary of its founding, and so today we celebrate 66 years of history, exploring the contents of the time capsule that was placed in the Sanctuary walls in the year 2000, and placing a new time capsule to celebrate the Sanctuary renovation, affirming our hopes for the future of this beloved community.
Speaker: Rev. Dr. Margret A. O'Neall
May is our time of Flower Communion, as we celebrate the beauty of diversity in community; Mother’s Day as we celebrate the power of nurturing love; and a time to consider how we dwell together in peace, living into the values of community, trust, love and learning in this beloved congregation. Bring a flower to share, bring your open heart to connect in love.
The labyrinth is an ancient structure, created to support meditation and spiritual renewal in a gentle movement practice. We will share stories from labyrinth participants in this sacred space on UUCCH grounds, built on the site where the original Fellowship Hall of the church stood until it burned in the 1990s. All are invited to stay after the service to experience the labyrinth themselves, and to plan to attend our event on World Labyrinth Day at 12:30 pm the following Saturday.
We are in so many areas of transition right now. Looking back, we feel nostalgia for days past and honored spaces in our church over its 66 years. Looking forward, there are so many new things, new spaces, and new ways of being. As we begin our annual stewardship campaign, we seek to build on the strengths of our heritage, and to shape a future that will celebrate this community in trust, in love and transformation.
A covenant is the agreement we create for how we will be together, and the promise we make to abide by that agreement. Being human, we know that we will break our promise, and so we call ourselves and each other back into covenant, again and again, deepening our relationship and learning ever more deeply to live in harmony.
Is it said that Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal, rather than a creedal, faith. What does that mean, where did the idea originate and how has it been carried forward over the centuries in the UU faith movement on this continent?
Welcoming theological diversity in a faith community is a lofty goal, and one that is often difficult to attain. Members of the UUCCH Sanctuary group share their learning and experience over their 30-year history of creating an open space for all understandings of ultimate truth, honoring the free and responsible search for truth and meaning that is at the heart of the Unitarian Universalist faith.
The legacy of slavery has left a stain on the soul of this nation, and devastated generations of African Americans. Why are reparations for slavery crucial to the restoration of justice, and why is the idea so challenging to the dominant white culture in America? Members of the UUCCH Reparations Task Force share their insights and their commitments to this cause, and to the work to create a New Jersey initiative for reparations for slavery.
Sometimes we make a spontaneous commitment, having no idea how it will turn out – but suddenly we are in the middle of something new, exciting, maybe a bit scary. Journey back with me with the summer of 2016, to explore: What do we do when we realize we are in over our heads, and reversing course is not really an option?
The summer solstice is a time to reflect on how we mark the passage of time, the fleeting days and hours, and the mearning of daylight in our lives.