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The Unitarian — October 20, 2022


Sunday, October 23; Services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Worship service led by Rev. Mary Margaret Earl from the UU Urban Ministry. All are welcome to Sunday services. Religious Education and childcare are provided at both services.

Upcoming Services

  • Sunday, October 30, “Day of Remembrance” worship, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary

  • Sunday, November 6, one outdoor service on the Town Green at 10 a.m. Remember that Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, November 6 ( 2 a.m. “falls back” to 1 a.m.)

Every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. — Vespers in the Sanctuary

Vespers services are an opportunity to connect, to be in our beautiful Sanctuary, and have a midweek deepening and return.

  • Thursday October 27: Meditation Vespers with Rev. Chris

From Your Minister

This wouldn’t happen any more.

This was a while ago, when you still sent pictures away to be developed.

There was this mystery, going and picking up the pictures, looking at these images you hadn’t seen yet. So many were discarded and bad, but a few were great.

And every once in a while, something magical happened.

This image came back and was immediately one of my very favorites.

Somehow, two images were exposed in the same printing, and somehow, they overlaid perfectly.

There is a picture of a teenage me in semi formal wear, ready for a dance, a head on shot, which was perfectly exposed over a side facing image of my father on a beach, looking out over the ocean.

And what I love is that he is inside of me.

And what is even more magical is that I found this roll of film after he had died.

I was cleaning out his apartment and found a few rolls of film and not knowing what was on them went to have them developed.

And there it was.

And I share it with you all this week because in just a few weeks, on October 30th, we have our annual Day of Remembrance service, in which we are all invited to bring images and objects related to beloved folks we have lost.

We will bring them forward during the service and create an altar remembering them. We will hear from a few folks, sharing about some fresh grief, and some long grief. We will share stories and remember people who have helped shape who we are.

This is one of my favorite services every year because it is an opportunity to remember together. It is an opportunity to welcome in stories and memories, and together to bring back our beloved folks who have died.

This will be in both the 9:00 and 11:00 services.

One of the things I have loved most about this image as I have grown older is that I can feel more and more the ways that my father is alive in me. Just like the image, I hold him, hold his memory, alive in me, hold who he was in my living.

It is a good thing to remember them. It is a good thing, together, to share their stories, and to be connected in community as we remember and share.