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September’s Theme: Expectation

“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin, quoting the Talmud

On September 8, we return to two services at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.

September 1
Single service: 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Julia Hamilton | “The Protestant Work Ethic”
Unitarian Universalism has Protestant roots. Have we inherited a particular viewpoint about work and labor from the Calvinist side of our family tree? Is it time to re-evaluate the relationship between work, virtue, and what it means to live a productive life?

September 8
Two services: 9:15 and 11:15 a.m.
Rev. Julia Hamilton | “Where Spirit Meets Action”
Join us for our annual “Ingathering” Sunday – the start of a new season here at USSB. The troubles of the world can seem impossibly large. The rain forest is burning, the climate is warming – what can we do? Together, we can be a port in the storm, a life raft, a rescue operation, a choir that sings above the thunder of it all. Let us renew our spirits for the urgent work of today and refresh our vision for the long-term future of the planet.
*Special event: Bring some water with you for our annual water ceremony.

September 15
Nic Filzen, Student Minister
Students and teachers have returned to school, so it’s time for our Blessing of the Backpacks! All bags are welcome: whether you carry a backpack, satchel, briefcase or purse, let us send you out into the world with the love and support of this community. We celebrate lifelong learning at USSB.
* Special Event: Religious Exploration Kickoff Carnival

September 22
Rev. Julia Hamilton | “Dynamic Balance”
On this Sunday, we rest between the day and the night on the balance point of the seasons: The Fall Equinox. Are you feeling off-balance, thrown for a loop, or unsteady? Perhaps it’s time to shift our expectations about what a “balanced life” really means.

September 29
Ken Ralph | “Great Expectations”
In Charles Dickens’s coming-of-age novel, Great Expectations, the protagonist, Pip, is the recipient of an unexpected fortune. He also falls in love. Then he loses his love. Then he loses his fortune. Then he is reunited with his love (or so it seems). The tale describes a universal human struggle to find redemption despite the failure of our best laid plans. Join us as we share our own tales of plans dashed and unexpected results.

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