Recent and upcoming services:
(Children’s religious education will resume in September)
7/7/19: Lessons of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, Susan Leviton
On March 25, 1911, more than 100 immigrant girls and women burned or jumped to their deaths when the New York City sweatshop where they worked caught fire. Singer, visual artist, and Jewish cultural worker Susan Leviton explores the lessons of this tragedy songs, pictures, and stories.
NOTE: On the first Sunday of the month, checks payable to UUG with Soup Kitchen in the memo line, and half the cash donations, go to the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen.
7/14/19: A Holy Trinity for UU’s, Rev. Alexa Fraser
Our Unitarian ancestors’ heresy was the rejection of the Christian Trinity. Let us explore that theological approach and look into what trinitarian structure might work for us today. What puts us in a holy place?
Rev. Dr. Alexa Fraser is the interim minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling Virginia. In her first career she spent nearly three decades researching the health effects of environmental exposures on workers, citizens and children. She spent those years managing large research projects as a consultant to the Federal government. She holds degrees in Environmental Studies from University of Wisconsin, Madison and International Economic Development from Columbia University School of International Affairs, and is also a graduate of Starr King School for the ministry, one of our two UU seminaries.
7/21/19: Inner and Outer Light: the Symbolic and Mystical Attributes of Light in Religion, Rev. Judith McLean
Since the beginning of time, humanity has attributed mystical qualities to light, both in outer form and inner form. While Unitarians recognize the symbolic forms of light, what about the mystical inner light that so many religions claim lead and guide us?
Reverend Judith McLean is a retired Interfaith minister with many years of affiliation with the International Council of Community Churches, and a new member of UUG. Her doctoral studies were in philosophy on the origins of Judaism and Christianity. Her career life included both ministry and human services work in health advocacy and mental health and pastoral counseling. Judith is married to Mark McLean and lives in Waynesboro.
7/28/19: “Jim, meet Jim–and Jim!” (includes Blessing of the Backpacks)
Jim Cavenaugh says: I work to accept and reconcile my multiple roles in life, dealing with the inevitable conflicts, and avoiding the mental disconnects that lead to disaster. When I am drawn to heal this wounded world, but another part of me seeks safety, what do I do?
Jim Cavenaugh is a life member of his UU congregation in Harrisburg. He has been a volunteer chaplain at Dauphin County Prison since 2005, serves as President of the PA Religious Coalition for Reproductive Justice, and is the Coordinator for his church’s Lay Pastoral Care Associates.
NOTE: This service includes our annual back-to-school Blessing of the Backpacks. Bring your children and their friends, with their backpacks. And come early to decorate our sidewalks with chalk!
There will be TWO special collections this week.
For the Blessing of the Backpacks, bring backpacks, school supplies, and checks payable to UUG with SCCAP Backpacks on the memo line.
Checks payable to UUG with “SCCAP food pantry” in the memo line, and half the cash donations, go to the South Central Community Action Program’s food pantry.