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THE FOREWORD - March 2015
(Part One: Spiritual --- listing Sunday worship activities, religious education for all ages & Notes from the Minister, or visit our entire March newsletter)
Upcoming Sundays: Services at 10:30 am
March 1 - Bring A Guest Sunday! Creating Your Own Religion Rev. Art Severance. While we are not exactly a “do-it-yourself” church, Emerson’s early emphasis on religion as personal, individual intuition changed everything! I thin we’re best described as “Emersonian” even today.
March 8 - Fantasy Auction Sermon: Heaven, Hell, and Mystery Rev. Art Severance. What happens after we die? What are ’near-death’ experiences? The Bible actually says very little about it, but traditions up over the centuries that everyone thinks are in the Bible!
March 15 - Mission Possible Rev. Art Severance. What is the purpose or mission of this church? We don’t have to believe alike to love alike, but we do need an idea of why we come to this church, why we’re Unitarian Universalists, church was NOT here.
March 22 - Child Dedication Sunday - Psychology and Religion Rev. Art Severance. One of my favorite courses was “The Psychology of Religion,” because I found the psychological and the spiritual to be closely related in my religious search, especially as a UU. We ‘dedicate’ children because we feel a need to find a religious ritual that makes sense to use when a baby is born. (Note: we have one child to be dedicated. If you would like your child dedicated, let Art know).
March 29 - Faithfully Restoring Justice Guest Speaker: Michael Okinczyz, Lead Organizer and Interim Director of VOICE-Buffalo. There is a critical need to adopt restorative justice as a central philosophy and methodological practice in our schools, criminal justice system, community, and worship centers. Come and be inspired by our recent successes in training and setting up Peace Hubs where restorative justice is put into practice.
Celebrating the Past; Embracing the Future:
In 1962, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst started construction on the chapel. On Easter morning of 1964, the sanctuary was used for the first time. April 2014 commemorated our 50th Aniversary!
INVITATION TO MEMBERSHIP
If you are looking for a religious community in which to seek spiritual growth...
If you would like the fellowship of others for celebration and worship, discussion and education, friendship and mutual support...
If you want children to be helped to develop their own religious beliefs...
If you wish to know more about us as you consider membership, talk to our minister.
Minister Emeritus: Rev. Maureen Q. Thitchener
Normal office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3 pm
Caretaker: Chris Barry
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