Find the Eternal Light of Kindness: Even in Dark Times

Kindness is vital to surviving dark times. Progress depends on a positive outlook on life. When we reach out to others doing small and large acts of kindness we are feeding hope, moving ourselves forward and combatting the forces of darkness. Guest speaker Rebecca Hunt, Ph D., a historian and senior instructor at the University of Colorado at Denver, and story teller at Crimson Dawn, will share ideas and philosophies about kindness and its role in creating a better world.

Discussion Forum: Kindness

Laura Gossman will facilitate a discussion forum on the monthly worship theme of “Kindness”

Introduction of the Monthly Worship Theme: Unity and Diversity

Guest Speaker: Jeffrey Lockwood: Sounds of Silence

Jeff Lockwood, University of Wyoming professor of Natural Sciences & Humanities and long-time member of the UU Fellowship of Laramie, will explore the importance of free speech to any democracy—from a nation to a religious community. To understand the moral hazards censorship, there is no more compelling, contemporary context than the energy industry’s application of economic pressure on governmental bodies and public institutions to suppress the expression of ideas that are contrary to the financial interests of those who profit from fossil fuels. Based on this recent book, Behind the Carbon Curtain: The Energy Industry, Political Censorship and Free Speech, he will share stories and thoughts about human freedom, the control of citizens by those in power, the dire risks of dissent in times of fear, and the importance of speaking the truth about oppression—whether political, economic, or both. Stuart Mackenzie will act as service leader.

Annual Water Communion Service

Annette Grochowski will lead our annual Water Communion service. The Water Communion was first used at a Unitarian Universalist service in the 1980s. It celebrates “coming together” from our many journeys, physical and spiritual. Participants are encouraged to bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one pour their water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, the person who brought it tells why this water is special to them. The combined water can symbolize different things to different people: our shared faith coming from many different sources, our principle of world community with peace and justice for all, or recognizing water’s role in our interdependent web of all existence.

Discussion Forum: Unity and Diversity

Erich Frankland will facilitate a discussion forum on the monthly worship theme, “Unity and Diversity”