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Upcoming Sermons & Services

View the latest "All-UUCR" emails here for ongoing updates re: multi-platform (both virtual and in-person) gatherings.

Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom or register to join us in person (worship spaces open at 10:15 a.m.)

 
Worshipful Wednesdays
Wednesday, December 1 — Is your spiritual cup feeling depleted? Do you need a midweek pick me up? Join Ministerial Intern Mathew P. Taylor (and others) and UUCR Staff Pianist Justin Furnia as they offer alternating Wednesdays of Vespers Worship and Music Meditation. Music Meditation offered by Justin Furnia, piano. (Zoom only. Join here.)
Radiant Joy
Sunday, December 5 — The spiritual theme for the month of December is “Joy”. Even as the days continue to shorten as Autumn leads to Winter, we have entered a holiday season filled with light and joy. What does joy illuminate within us? Where might joy guide us if we allow its light to show the way? Led by Ministerial Intern Kirk Freeman.
Advent Services
Sunday, December 5 — The UU Christian Fellowship at UUCR will be hosting Sunday Evening Advent Services on Zoom at 5:00 p.m. on November 28, December 5, December 12, and December 19. During these half-hour services we share music, poetry, Biblical accounts, silence, and candle light. For more information, please email advent@uucr.org. (Zoom only. Join here each week.)

Worshipful Wednesdays
Wednesday, December 8 — Is your spiritual cup feeling depleted? Do you need a midweek pick me up? Join Ministerial Intern Mathew P. Taylor (and others) and UUCR Staff Pianist Justin Furnia as they offer alternating Wednesdays of Vespers Worship and Music Meditation. Vespers Service led by Ministerial Intern Mathew P. Taylor. (Zoom only. Join here.)
Joy in Simplicity
Sunday, December 12 — We continue to welcome the spiritual theme of the month of "Joy" with gusto! In this complicated and transitional time, what simple joys abound? Where does simplicity align with our spiritual values? Come and join in with a spirit of Joy! Led by Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage.
Advent Services
Sunday, December 12 — The UU Christian Fellowship at UUCR will be hosting Sunday Evening Advent Services on Zoom at 5:00 p.m. on November 28, December 5, December 12, and December 19. During these half-hour services we share music, poetry, Biblical accounts, silence, and candle light. For more information, please email advent@uucr.org. (Zoom only. Join here each week.)

Worshipful Wednesdays
Wednesday, December 15 — Is your spiritual cup feeling depleted? Do you need a midweek pick me up? Join Ministerial Intern Mathew P. Taylor (and others) and UUCR Staff Pianist Justin Furnia as they offer alternating Wednesdays of Vespers Worship and Music Meditation. Music Meditation offered by Justin Furnia, piano. (Zoom only. Join here.)
The Mystery and Magick of Winter
Sunday, December 19 — The Winter Solstice signals the return of the Sun, and in ancient times folks would gather and celebrate knowing that the long winter would soon be over. Join us as we ponder what new mysteries lie beyond the horizons of this pandemic winter. Led by Ministerial Intern Mathew P. Taylor with Wheel of the Year.
Advent Services
Sunday, December 19 — The UU Christian Fellowship at UUCR will be hosting Sunday Evening Advent Services on Zoom at 5:00 p.m. on November 28, December 5, December 12, and December 19. During these half-hour services we share music, poetry, Biblical accounts, silence, and candle light. For more information, please email advent@uucr.org. (Zoom only. Join here each week.)

Winter Solstice Ritual
Tuesday, December 21 at TBD p.m. — On the evening of the Winter Solstice, join Rev. Rebekah and Wheel of the Year to ignite the sacred bonfire to honor the coming of the Light. Rev. Rebekah will also place the Letters of Forgiveness from UUCR into the sacred fire to liberate ourselves from the burden of unhealed forgiveness.
Blue Vespers Service
Wednesday, December 22 at 8:30 p.m. — The holidays are not always a time of celebration and warm connections for everyone. Blue Vespers is a service that centers our full lived experience—the grief, mourning, sadness, and loneliness that can persist. Come and be held in this tender time. Led by Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage. (Zoom only. Join here.)
Christmas Pageant
Friday, December 24 at 4:30 p.m. — Animals and angels, shepherds and sheep! Come to bask in the charm of our Christmas pageant, either as audience or participant. Costumes will be available at the door for those who choose to spontaneously join the cast. Traditional carols add delight to this family-focused worship. Led by Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage. (Christmas Pageant Zoom and in-person registration TBA.)
Christmas Eve Service
Friday, December 24 at 8:30 p.m. — Our choir will sing and Rev. Rebekah will offer a Christmas sermon, "Ode To Joy." Join us to sing carols and rest in the glow of our Sanctuary. A cookie reception will follow the service—please bring cookies in small bags of 2-3 to share, and stay and visit with friends new and old! Led by Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage. (Christmas Eve Service Zoom and in-person registration TBA.)
Poetry, PJs, and Pancakes
Sunday, December 26 — Our annual tradition of Poetry and PJ's continues! In this special Virtual ONLY service, we invite you to put on your coziest pajamas, grab a few of your most beloved poems, and dial in for a special time of sharing in our mutual love of poetry. Bonus! Call up a friend and make some pancakes together to enjoy during the service. Led by Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage. (Zoom only. Join here.)
 
 

 

Past Sermons

Read or listen to a recent Sunday sermon below, or visit our archived sermons for more. Transcripts are saved as PDFs, and mp3 audio can be played online.

11/28/2021

When Heaven on Earth Goes Terribly Wrong

Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage
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11/21/2021

An Elegant Sufficiency

Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage
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11/14/2021

The Power of Resilience

Master Chief Petty Officer Dwayne Beebe & Rev. Dr. Rebekah A. Savage
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  • lifelong spiritual discovery
  • beloved community
  • a just world
freedom