Rev. Jaco B. ten Hove, co-minister
There are formative times in our life journey that create deep personal identity energy which can sustain us for the duration, and to which we return (in mind, heart and community) for inspiration, grounding and renewal.
Sunday, May 19th
Co-ministers Barbara and Jaco ten Hove; Greg Bedinger, Worship Associate
As our co-ministers return from their four month sabbatical, we celebrate the small moments from the past four months (theirs and ours) that point to our Big Faith. A celebratory reception follows. The choir will sing.
Sunday, May 12th
Guest minister Rev. Duane H. Fickeisen with Bill Scarvie, worship associate
The practice of deep listening to another and the experience of being fully heard and understood are far too rare in our culture. We will explore what deep listening is — and what it isn’t — and the potential it holds for deepening our relationships with each other. Listening can be an important part of spiritual practice. How we do it matters. Done well, it is indeed an art.
Duane Fickeisen is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister. He and his spouse, the Rev. Judy Welles, served the Unitarian Universalists of the Cumberland Valley in Boiling Springs, PA, for 14 years. They now reside in Portland, OR, where they are members of First Unitarian Church of Portland. Duane lived on Bainbridge Island and worked on the staff of In Context in the early 1990s before it became Yes! magazine. While living here, he was an active lay member of Cedars (then the Bainbridge Island UU Fellowship), which was his sponsor in ministerial formation. Duane continues to be active in various roles in Unitarian Universalism. He enjoys being a grandparent, gardening, photography, writing, and cooking.
Rev. Susan Maginn, guest minister; David Barnes, worship associate
We human beings love a simple explanation, perhaps especially when it comes to religion. Today we will consider that life’s unanswerable questions may be the greatest of spiritual teachers.
Rev. Susan Maginn comes to us from Portland, Oregon. Most of her days she is homeschooling her children as well as practicing Zen meditation, Ashtanga yoga, knitting, and the ukulele.
Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto, guest minister; Greg Bedinger, worship associate
For many people, anxiety and fear stand in the way of living a more satisfying life. How can we respond to our fears so we may live the deepest, fullest, richest lives possible for us?
Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto is in his 13th year of ministry at Saltwater Church, a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Des Moines.
Bill Scarvie, worship leader, with Alex Sanso, worship associate
“We are at a critical juncture in human history, which could lead to widely contrasting futures.” Prophetic voices have issued proclamations like this for a long time. Now influential people in government and industry have begun to speak out, too. What will it take to make sure that our chosen path ensures a positive future for everyone? Why does liberal religion play a critical role in choosing our future?
Carol Thomas Cissel, guest minister; Betty Petras, worship associate
We all strive towards relationships filled with love, compassion, joy and forgiveness . . . but sometimes anger gets in the way. Maybe we are carrying unresolved fear or sadness? Or holding onto frustration and resentment? Whatever the cause, anger is a reality that we dare not ignore. Join us this morning to talk about Anger . . . our “Poison Apple.”
Carol Thomas Cissel is a Master of Divinity student at Pacific School of Religion and a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministerial fellowship. This year she is serving as the Ministerial Intern at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Port Townsend. Her home church is the Unitarian Universalist Church of Silver Spring, Maryland.
Candee Cole, Director of Religious Education; the children and youth of the Cedars community; David Barnes, Worship Associate
Join us in this multi-generational service about the pagan and Christian origins of Easter. Come and sing, hear stories, and learn together! In addition, the choir will sing and our monthly special collection will go to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
Guest minister: Rev. Alex Holt, from Unitarian Universalists of Central Oregon, with Bill Scarvie, worship associate
That other “U” in “UU” doesn’t get much visibility these days. How might a 21st century form of Universalism be part of our future than simply part of our heritage? Is there a form of universal salvation that can resonate for us today?
For this Stewardship Sunday service, Nani Baran and Jill Bamburg will offer a personal overview of The Soul of Money, a powerful reflection on money and life written by global philanthropist and social activist Lynne Twist. Other members of the Stewardship Team will participate in the service to kick off the neighborhood team potluck brunches immediately following.
Note: leprechauns may or may not be in attendance. All congregants are strongly advised to wear green in an effort to bring the Luck o’ the Irish to bear on filling the Cedars’ pot of gold just Over the Rainbow! Oh yeah, we’ll also be singing a song about all that…
And remember to attend your neighborhood team potluck after the service. If you haven’t RSVP’d to your host, please do so. You will have the opportunity to make your annual pledge at the potluck, but if you would like to pledge online before then, here is the link www.cedarsuudirectory.org/?Area=Stewardship.
Any questions about the link should be directed to Arlene Wade at firstname.lastname@example.org.