Worship Services Online via Zoom

Join us Sundays at 11 am on Zoom

 

We are a Unitarian Universalist community gathered to move our spirits and the world toward love. Worship services are the shared spiritual practice of our community.

 

As we care for our communities and neighbors during this time of COVID-19, our services will continue to happen online via Zoom, an easy-to-use video conferencing site. While we're staying away from one another in person, let's stay connected online. Join us for a time of prayer, music, singing, and a short sermon.

Download Zoom on your computer, tablet, or smartphone here.

On Sunday at 11 AM, click on this link to join: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/190035147. If you'd like to listen in by phone to the services, you can call in at 646-876-9923 and enter Meeting ID 190 035 147. Please see your email newsletter for details.

Winter & Spring 2020-2021 Schedule:

 

April 11, 2021: Radical Imagination - Brunch Church with Nourish

Rev. Aisha Ansano, Guest Minister

Let’s enter a powerful space of imagination beyond our wildest dreams. What is possible, in our world, our faith, our communities, our justice-making--and how can we get there together? The structure of this brunch church service will be a little different. In addition to worshipping all together, we’ll also go into breakout rooms for small group discussions. Please bring at least a bite of food for our embodied ritual, though you’re invited to bring your whole meal, too! 

April 4, 2021: Easter Sunday

Rev. Elizabeth Bukey

Bust out your florals and Easter bonnets or come as you are to celebrate on Easter morning. All are invited to a contemplative early morning service at 7 AM -- you may want to join the service from outdoors to welcome in a crisp spring morning! The whole community gathers together at 11 AM for our Sunday morning service in honor of the holiday.

Friday, April 2, 2021 at 7:00 PM: Good Friday Tenebrae Service

Rev. Elizabeth Bukey

Good Friday gives us a traditional day to seriously consider suffering and how humans cause it. In our service, six readers each share a "modern day crucifixion" story: examples include firsthand stories of domestic violence, hate crimes, or war. We end the service in darkness with the story of Jesus' crucifixion.

March 28, 2021 at 10 :30 AM: Wandering in the Wilderness - A Service Honoring Passover

Rev. Joanna Lubkin

On this Sunday, we take a virtual field trip to All Souls UU in Braintree; please note that the service begins at 10:30! At this second Pandemic Passover, we reflect on the part of the Exodus story after Moses has led the Israelites out of slavery ... only to wander in the desert for 40 years. What lessons can we learn from this story of an uncertain journey? This is a virtual "pulpit exchange:" we will welcome Braintree folks to our Zoom sometime in May; stay tuned! We will be in All Souls Church's Zoom room here: https://zoom.us/j/96571006038

March 21, 2021: Balance and Grow

Rev. Elizabeth Bukey

On the spring equinox, we try to balance between hope and grief, between struggle and celebration. We honor what is sprouting and growing in our hearts.

March 14, 2021: Measure a Year

Rev. Elizabeth Bukey

We come around to one year of virtual worship, one year of pandemic. This Sunday we ask: how shall we mark the year? How shall we honor those who have died? What shall we mourn?

March 7, 2021: Loved Into Being — A Stewardship Worship Service

Leaders from Across the UUA

Faith in Unitarian Universalism isn't an intellectual exercise: it's "heart" work. This full-length worship experience features a sermon by UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, as well as vibrant music, storytelling, and other worship elements that will help us to grow in spirit, in courage, and in generosity. Join us for this Stewardship Adventure.

February 28, 2021: Taking Refuge in Community

A Joint Service with First Parish in Brookline

Revs. Elizabeth Bukey and Lisa Perry-Wood

Building community is not easy, but going it alone isn't an option. On this Sunday, Revs. Lisa and Elizabeth each offer a reflection on how creating/building/relying on community has made a difference in our lives. We look at how "community" can look very different at different times and places, sometimes coming together unexpectedly.

February 21, 2021: The Spirituality of Money

Rev. Elizabeth Bukey

What is the relationship between money and values? How is generosity a spiritual practice? On this Sunday, we explore these questions and start to consider our own "money stories." 

February 14, 2021: Side With Love Sunday

From the Unitarian Universalist Association's Side With Love Campaign
What if to "side with love" meant making bold, faith-full choices? What if it were even a little bit scary? This worship service brings together worship leaders and musicians from across the country to offer hopeful, moving, challenging reminders about what we, as Unitarian Universalists, are called to do, and BE, in the world.

 

February 7, 2021: The Next Right Thing — Lessons from Frozen

Rev. Elizabeth Bukey

There is wisdom in stories "for children." This Sunday we look at the two Frozen movies for lessons in resilience, life amid grief, and transforming tradition.

January 31, 2021: Filling the Spiritual Gap

Andrea Fleck Clardy, Worship Leader

Our UU Churches provide personal support, essential community, and guidance in social justice. But what about the spiritual? Lifelong UU Andrea Clardy shares her own search and her experience in Wellspring, a year-long UUA program for spiritual deepening now available to our congregation for the first time.

January 24, 2021: Imagine

Rev. Elizabeth Bukey

Imagine what our church could be like if money were no object. Imagine a society that is radically more just, equitable, and compassionate. Let's dream big.

 

January 17, 2021: The Movement, Not (Just) the Man

Rev. Elizabeth Bukey

Leaders are real and important. But leaders don't act alone. Sometimes the way our society tells the story of social change obscures the organizers behind the scenes, the many years of work, the power of coalition and the reality of community. Let's look at that this week.

January 10, 2021: On the Threshold

Rev. Elizabeth Bukey

It is a time of endings and beginnings. In Christian tradition, this is the season the Wise Ones arrive to kneel before possibility. In our political realm, new leaders arive with many hopes and plans. Where are WE going? What star guides your way for 2021? What can we imagine for our future?

January 3, 2021: Out of the Box

Rev. Elizabeth Bukey

Can we start our new year with creativity? Rev. Elizabeth will preach on six words submitted by congregants, inviting us to consider engaging our world with creativity and imagination. Suggest a word by emailing Rev. EB! She'll pick any that are the most common, supplemented by ones picked out of a hat.

December 27: Our Church and the Beginnings of American Unitarianism

George Wardle, Church Historian

The service will share stories about our heritage and our historic connection with the beginnings of Unitarianism.  What was the beloved Rev. Thomas Gray preaching here in Jamaica Plain that led to this church and many Boston churches to be identified as Unitarian? How is it that so many neighboring churches split over this controversy while our church did not?  How has this heritage affected our identity over the years?  

December 20: When Jesus Was Born

Rev. Elizabeth Bukey

The tradition of Christmas/Nativity pageants meets 2020. In this virtual pageant, our church families tell the story of Jesus' birth once again.

December 13: Waiting for the World to Turn

Rev. Elizabeth Bukey

Advent is a time of waiting. In Christian tradition, it is a time of preparing for God. How might we wait faithfully for a world of love and justice?

 

December 6: Time for the Dark

Rev. Elizabeth Bukey

We enter the darkest weeks of the year. What if we approached them as a gift? What rest, safety, or coziness can we find in the gentle darkness?

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