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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.
Currently, all services are being conducted in a Zoom meeting. Please email email@example.com for information about joining us in the Zoom meeting.
Transformation Jeanine Kleimo, DIMH
Our focus is on the theme of Transformation, and our special guest speaker is Jeanine Kleimo, the current chair of the Dover Interfaith Mission for Housing, a nonprofit, volunteer organization of faith communities that provides shelter, meals, and assistance to homeless men in Dover. This topic brings together several of the core qualities and activities of UUCD … specifically, our commitment to social justice and the transformation of the world that it might be a more equitable place where everyone has their basic needs met and is cared for. Come and learn more about DIMH and the transformed lives of many who have relied upon their services, and reflect on our common call to extend and embody love.
Jeanine Kleimo began her career by working for the Migrant Ministry on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, bringing basic services and outreach to migrant workers in labor camps. She then initiated the regional housing program operated by NCALL Research. Over the past 45 years, she has worked for national housing organizations and provided consulting services in housing and infrastructure finance and in municipal financial management training and strategic planning throughout the United States and in over thirty developing countries. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Singapore and holds a master’s degree in Development Banking from The American University in Washington DC.
August 1 – Please Note: Service begins at 10:30
The First Harvest – Rev. Amy Beltaine, UUFN
August 1 is Emancipation Day (the end of slavery in the English Empire), and in the Caribbean is celebrated as a part of Carnival. Freyasblot/Lughnasadh/Lammas (usually celebrated on August 2) is a festival to recognize the first fruits that are gathered after long and hard work. Our theme for this service is to explore the ways we “snatch joy from the jaws of despair”. How have painful times and loss invited us into moments of joy? And how has joy and celebration helped us through times of no hope? Our work is not done, but we must take time to celebrate!
Earth based spirituality is our 8th source. Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. As the Celtic Wheel of the year turns to Lammas, it is one of the holy days in this tradition. It is know as a cross quarter which means it is half way between the Summer Solstice and the Fall equinox. This Holy day celebrates First Harvest. When our tomatoes and summer squash is heavy on the vine, the wheat is ready to be made into fresh bread and give away, and we freeze or can some of the feast that Mother Nature has provided for us. Come Celebrate this Earth Centered Holiday!
BIO – Reverend Amy Beltaine, provides a UU ministry of spiritual mentoring through individual and group appointments, Sunday services, rites, and rituals. Helping friends and family of the oppressed to break open instead of being broken by the pain in the world. When (spouse) Hawthorne and Amy are not pulling their little home behind them they are at home in Portugal or in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Meadville Lombard School for the Ministry, Amy is on the coordinating committee of the UU Spiritual Directors’ Network and chair of the Spiritual Direction program at Cherry Hill Seminary. Amy is a nearly life-long earth-honoring Process Pan-en-theist…and… aspires to become a Love-Ninja. Connect with Amy at http://amybeltaine.info.
Holy Cow (literally) – Kharma Amos & Cindy Hesseltine
At this service, we will be giving thanks for and blessing our animals.
Attack on Trans Rights – Senator Sarah McBride(with UUFN)
Permission to Rest – Rev. Kharma Amos
So much is happening in our world today, and we’ve been through a year of anxiety, change, pressure, and high expectations of ourselves to adapt. In the mix of all that is required of us, sometimes we forget to intentionally rest, play, relax, and rejuvenate. Let’s talk about how important it is for us to give ourselves permission to rest and allow ourselves to care for our own bodies, minds, and spirits.
Communicating with One Another – Dr. Greg Carey
Basic options about how we understand people across religious difference (i.e. fundamentalists of any faith) and how we might be able to converse or live together in peace and collaboration. Also a focus on apocalyptic literature (Dr. Carey’s area of expertise), which figures into the worldview of some of the most conservative, fundamentalist, and extremely exclusive people of faith. This service will be followed by a workshop.