August 20, 2017 – 10:00 AM
Connecting our UU roots to Indigenous Spirituality – Jim Francek
Long before formal religious beliefs, rituals and ceremonies were in place… we as humans held a common understanding of how we fit into the world that surrounded us! Long before we as a people believed we were born in original sin… we believed we were born in original blessing. We believed we were part of the whole circle of life and journeyed through all the cycles of the earth. The Lakota greeting… “Mitakuye Oyasin” i.e. “We are all related!” captures this deep sense of connection that is at the core of Native Spirituality.
This service will offer reflections and teachings that have nurtured the spiritual journey of our presenters: Solomon an elder (of the Algonquin/Anishnabe/Ojibwa nation located north of Montreal); Raleigh Padgett (of Cherokee & African American origins, a drum & flute maker); Grandmother Nancy Andry elder & storyteller (of Algonquin/Innu heritage); and Jim Francek a poet & follower of Lakota spirituality (of Celtic and Slavic origins). Smudging, drumming, flute music and personal reflections will enhance this experience. We will underline our UU connection to “NATURE as our greatest teacher” as stressed by Henry Thoreau one of our original founders.
Following this service and after a short break, Grandmother Nancy will hold an additional sharing in the oral tradition of Native storytelling. Please bring your drums and rattles for fuller participation.
Any questions about this service should be directed to Jim Francek.
Worship Associate: Cheryl Dixon Paul
Pastoral Care Chaplain: Sunny Khadjavi
August 27, 2017 – 10:00 AM
“Transformation of the Heart” – Dr. Amanda Kemp and Arnela Ten Meer
Dr. Kemp will speak to us about transformation and her book, Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community. With degrees from Stanford and Northwestern Universities, her mission is to nurture and expand the Tribe of the Heart: individuals who stand for oneness and take action to heal the world, our families, and ourselves. Arnela Ten Meer, an experienced actor, performer, facilitator of Beloved Conversations, and active in Eliminating Racism and the Rainbow Coalition, will weave in readings and stories that move the heart.
Amanda is offering a workshop on transformation after the service. “I connect my heart to your heart. From the heart, anything can be transformed.”
CLICK HERE to visit dramandakemp.com
Worship Associate: Shanonda Nelson, Linda Hudson
Pastoral Care Chaplain: Pat Francek
September 3, 2017 – 10:00 AM
Water Ceremony at Compo Beach – Rev. John Morehouse
Worship Associate: Carrie McElroy and Jamie Forbes
September 10, 2017 – 10:00 AM