UUCD’s minister, lay leaders, and outstanding guest ministers from throughout our UU district lead our Sunday services. With this variety of services, we believe you will enjoy varying perspectives and stimulating sermons.
Services at Congregation Beth Shalom, 340 N. Queen St., Dover, DE have been suspended during the CoVid-19 pandemic.
Congregation Beth Sholom is a Kosher facility. Please do not bring outside food or drink into the building. We serve coffee, tea, a children’s cold beverage, plus Kosher snacks after service. Please join us for this time of hospitality and conversation.
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Labor Day/Bless Our Work – UU Fellowship of Newark
Join UUFN this morning at 10:30am for their Labor Day Service. Contemplating Labor Day in the Middle of a Pandemic: Historically Labor Day is a day to honor and recognize the American labor movement and the contributions of workers in the United States. As we mark Labor Day this year, let us reflect on the often unseen and unacknowledged labors that have helped us endure during difficult times.
Ingathering/Water Communion/New Members – Rev. Kharma Amos
One of the most common Unitarian Universalist rituals and services is that of Water Communion and In-Gathering. It is generally the first Sunday of the new church-year (the first Sunday after Labor Day in most churches). It is customary to have people collect water from some of the places they have been over the summer break, and to bring that back to worship this day. In some way, some stories of the significance of that water (or the experiences they represent) are shared, and the water is poured into a common bowl to demonstrate the “communion” of our distinct and diverse lives as one.
This year, we will ask you to think about your experiences over the past several months in association with water – the water of life, refreshment, tears, etc. – and bring something to share with our community. You may wish to have water in your own environment to view, touch, splash, etc.
We will also be taking in new members during worship this Sunday.
UU Love in Action – UUSC
The UUSC (an aligned organization with the UUA) will present a service with us about what it means to be people active in compassionate service to the broader world. This includes many elements from the UUSC Directly, including Rev. Mary-Katherine Morn (CEO) and Laura Randall.
October 3 – 11 Peace Week Delaware – Sana Saeed
The Central East Region new Congregational Life Staff primary contact, Sana Saeed, will reflect on the subject of Peace.
Both Sides Now: The Value of a Different Perspective – Rev. Kharma Amos
We will honor the Jewish festival of Sukkot by reflecting on the perspective that living exposed to the world can give us. Drawing on the ancient roots of the festival as well as its current observations, we’ll focus on questions about what living “outside” may teach us about insecurity and survival, what observing our lives from a different/opposite perspective might show us, and what we might have to celebrate about the insights that emerge from this time.
All My Relations: A Celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Rev. Elder Diane Fisher
In the US, the second Monday in October is observed as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day that honors and celebrates the histories and cultures of Native/Indigenous People as an alternative to the historic “Columbus Day” in the US. Our guest Minister, Rev. Elder Diane Fisher will offer reflections arising from her own experience as a First Nations Canadian. In her childhood, Diane lived on a Cree Nation Reserve in the far North of Canada, where her life and spirituality were formed and influenced by her own and many other grandmothers. Our worship will include wisdom from other indigenous people from around the world.
How are we Able? – Rev. Kharma Amos
This year has seen the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and this (among so many) is a movement we need to acknowledge and celebrate. The ideals of the ADA and the Disability Rights Movement have not been met, and this is a cause that many consider central. Today we will “Center” this conversation.