Here is a link to descriptions of our 2019 worship services.
We regret we have no archive for earlier years.

Below is a list of all worship services presented so far this year.

1/5/20
In Memoriam
Kris Eyssell

This popular annual first-Sunday-of-the-year service led by Kris Eyssell celebrates in words and music the legacies of some notable people who died in the past year.

Kris is a long-time member of UUG, and chairs our Membership Committee.

1/12/20
The Conviction of Things Not Seen
Rev. John Manwell

Historically we’ve been a people of reason, uneasy with the idea of “faith.” Yet our flaming chalice invites us to “answer the call of love.” What’s really the heart of our UU faith — and what does it mean to speak of “faith?”

The choir joins this service.

Reverends Phyllis Hubbell and John Manwell are our co-developmental ministers.

1/19/20
The Kingdom of Greatness
Rev. John Manwell

Rev. Phyllis Manwell had been scheduled to lead today’s annual service honoring the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the theme, Our Overdue Promissory Note. In her absence due to illness, Rev. Manwell preached on Dr. King’s theme, The Kingdom of Greatness.

The choir joins this service.

Reverends Phyllis Hubbell and John Manwell are our co-developmental ministers.

NOTE: On the third Sunday of the month, checks payable to UUG with “Manos Unidas” in the memo line, and half the cash donations, go to Manos Unidas, the Center where language is not a barrier, but an opportunity to learn from each other.

1/26/20
Friends 101
Alexa Fraser

Members of the congregation have expressed an interest in learning more about Quakerism, and here is our chance. Rev. Alexa Fraser, a UU minister who identifies closely with her Quaker past, will introduce us to the beliefs, behaviors and history of the Society of Friends. Join us for 20 minutes or more of Friendly silence and experience this beautiful tradition.

Rev. Alexa Fraser is a graduate of the Starr King School for Ministry — one of only two UU seminaries. She has been an interim at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Sterling and is currently working in a hospital to build her chaplaincy skills. She holds a PhD in Environmental studies and worked as a health researcher before her career change. She has been a UU for 20 years and was previously a Quaker.

2/2/20
Hope Grows Here
Rev. John Manwell

Rev. John says: I can’t think of a prouder (or more ambitious) banner than the one our stewardship folk have raised for UUG this year: Hope grows here. Let’s reflect on how, together, we find hope in our lives.

Reverends Phyllis Hubbell and John Manwell are our co-developmental ministers.

NOTE: On the first Sunday of the month, cash, and checks payable to UUG with Soup Kitchen in the memo line, go to the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen.

2/9/20
Aging? Who, Me?
Nancy Crawford

Everyone who manages to live long enough greets this topic with concern. Nancy shares what she has discovered about this subject so far.
The choir joins this service.

Nancy Crawford spent the first half of her adult life as a stay-at-home Mom and Community Volunteer, and the second half as a school librarian, notably spending 19 years at Thurmont Middle School. In retirement she enjoys reading, knitting, socializing with friends, and keeping track of her 5 children and 12 grandchildren, ages 6-26.

2/16/20
Words as Homeland
Susan Leviton

What we see around us influences what we create and even what we “read” into the arts in our world. This whirlwind dip into sacred and secular book arts over centuries and from many parts of the world will shift the lenses with which to see the intersection of cultures. Using songs in multiple languages, slides, and framed art, we will begin to explore how glimpses of the world find their way into books and art.

Last summer, Jewish cultural worker Susan Leviton brought us lessons from the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire.

NOTE: On the third Sunday of the month, checks payable to UUG with “Manos Unidas” in the memo line, and half the cash donations, go to Manos Unidas, the Center where language is not a barrier, but an opportunity to learn from each other.

2/23/20
Relearning to Pray
Rev. Phyllis Hubbell

Some of us abandoned prayer as adults. Today, we reflect on how we might find ways to connect with the eternal in times of joy and times of sorrow. The choir joins this service.

Reverends Phyllis Hubbell and John Manwell are our co-developmental ministers.

NOTE: On the last Sunday of the month, checks payable to UUG with “SCCAP” in the memo line, and half the cash donations, go to the South Central Community Action Programs, empowering families and engaging the community to break the cycle of poverty.

3/1/20
What Moves Us to Keep Marching
Andrew McKnight

Andrew McKnight is one of our favorite UU troubadors. As we contemplate the changes that we hope and work for in the world, his words and music explore how and why each of us is fanned to flame by different sparks.

NOTE: On the first Sunday of the month, cash, and checks payable to UUG with Soup Kitchen in the memo line, go to the Gettysburg Community Soup Kitchen.

3/8/20
You Can’t Mean Me
Rev. John Manwell

We’ve worked on race issues for so long, right up to our “teach-ins” two years ago. When we still hear protests, if we’re white, we may think, “Enough already, you can’t mean me.” But unlearning our inherited racism takes at least a lifetime. Today we take another step.

Reverends Phyllis Hubbell and John Manwell are our co-developmental ministers.

3/15/20

No service. We closed our doors because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

3/22/20
We began online services via Zoom
Reverends John Manwell & Phyllis Hubbell

3/29/20
Hard Times
Reverends John Manwell & Phyllis Hubbell

4/5/20
Whenever I Feel Afraid
Reverends John Manwell & Phyllis Hubbell

4/13/20
Easter
Hosted by the Unitarian Universalists of York

4/19/20
Don’t Tell Me to Calm Down
Linda Noble

(member of UUG’s worship committee and longtime UU)

4/27/20
Choose Life
Reverends John Manwell & Phyllis Hubbell

5/3/20
Grief and Gratitude
Andrew McKnight, UU Troubadour

5/10/20
Uncertainty
Reverends John Manwell & Phyllis Hubbell

5/17/20
UUSC Sunday
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

On May 17, we would have held a special worship service celebrating the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Instead, along with hundreds of other UU congregations, we suffered from a failure of Zoom. Here is a link to the Full Worship Service we would have watched together.

Please support UUSC generously. And don’t forget to support UUG as well (click DONATE on the top of any page).

5/24/20
Memorial Day
Reverends John Manwell & Phyllis Hubbell

5/31/20
The Heart Is a Lamp unto Itself
John Mulligan, Buddhist Upasaka

Principal teacher, Insight Meditation Community

6/7/20
End Times
Reverends John Manwell & Phyllis Hubbell

6/14/20
Sharing what We Love
Reverends John Manwell & Phyllis Hubbell

Our annual flower communion

6/21/20
What We Are Called To
Christina Branum-Martin

6/28/20
Gathering the Waters
Rev. Joan Javier-Duval
, Rev. Mykal O’Neal Slack, and Benjie Messer

This was a live stream of the worship service that concludes the Unitarian Universalist Association’s annual General Assembly.

7/5/20
Life, Liberty, and Happiness
Reverends John Manwell & Phyllis Hubbell