Summer Assembly has become a special time at Emerson when we bring in invited speakers, feature our covenant groups, and try “alternative” worship services. This year we are showcasing distinctive services that highlight different ways that we as Unitarian Universalists live our faith. Join us for Summer Assembly 2014 when together we will be “living our faith.”
June 29 Taizé the UU Way Guest Leader April DeConick Taizé is a contemplative ecumenical worship style that originated in France following World War II. It is a blend of meditative song and silence, with no sermon. We will use familiar songs and readings from our hymnal to create a distinctive UU Taizé service. Join us for this unique service designed to nourish our spirits.
July 6 God or not-God? What About Other Possibilities? Emerson UU Sum-ers Covenant Goup You are invited to an unconventional service about unconventional thinking presented by the Sum-ers covenant group. The service is based on the book Sum, by David Eagleman, and our urge to open up to the unknown. Please consider in advance the question: What do you remember about an unconventional setting or event that gave you an insight or opened you to something new? We’ll ask for volunteers to share your answers.
July 13 Unitarian Universalism as a Lifeway UU ministerial candidate Randy Partain Indigenous spiritualities are often thought of as "lifeways." A lifeway is an approach to all of life rather than seeing spiritual and secular experiences as separate. Are there ways that we can build on this idea to better allow our UU principles to pervade all moments?
July 20 A Shrewd Awakening Rev. Chuck Freeman After the devastating defeat of Barry Goldwater in 1964 conservative strategists hatched a plan that led to the convergence of fundamentalist Christianity and sociopolitical power in America. The recent highly restrictive abortion bill passed by the Texas legislature is a direct result of this scheme. We have had a rude awakening. Now its time for a shrewd awakening! The Texas UU Justice Ministry is here to answer the alarm.
July 27 Why Be UU? Emerson Parent’s Covenant Group Michael Durall asked our congregation to consider what it is about UU that we value. This service will feature what makes Unitarian Universalism unique and inspiring to us. During the service, we will be asking you to share a brief sentence about why you are UU, which we will later Tweet as a community (using the hash tag #YBUUEmerson).
August 3 Knowing Your Footsteps Matter: A Personal Journey from Belief in God to Humanism Anthony Pinn, Religious Studies Department at Rice University Drawing on his new book, "Writing God's Obituary: How a Good Methodist Became a Better Atheist," Professor Pinn discusses his movement away from theism toward an approach to life devoid of God and gods. And in telling the story of the humanist he knows best, he provides a sense of what humanism means and does within the context of African American communities in larger terms. After the service, he will be signing books, which are available in our bookstore.
August 10 Called to Love Katy Carpman, Director of Religious Education Universalism teaches us that all are loved and no one is beyond redemption. How can we embody these lessons?