Upcoming Sermons

Sunday services are at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
(On May 28th, we return to one service for the Summer months.)

2017-04-30 requiem

Apr 30 • The Fauré Requiem - A "Lullaby of Death" •
Patrick Scofield, The UUCV Choir & guest musicians

One of the most well-loved and performed works of any genre, Fauré's Requiem is an offering of peaceful remembrance of the dead, with a focus on eternal rest and happiness. Of his Requiem, "Fauré wrote, "Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest." This music-centered-service will feature a professional chamber orchestra and extended choir, with solos by our own Alexis Balkowitsch and our Music Director, Patrick Scofield.

May 7 • The Beauty of The Blues • Rev. Kathryn Bert

Ralph Ellison calls the blues "an art of ambiguity ... that constantly reminds us of our limitations while encouraging us to see how far we can actually go." This sermon is a reflection on the importance of "the blues" as nothing less than revolutionary. Theological themes include suffering, transformation, and transcendence.

May 14 • Faith and the People • Rev. Kathryn Bert

This democratic faith takes both courage and kindness. Theological themes include: faith, religious diversity, and healthy democracy. • Following the second service on this day, we will hold a congregational vote to call Rev. Bert to be our settled minister. Please plan to stay for this important event.

May 21 • The "Rapture" • Rev. Greg Ward

In the Left Behind series (novels, movie and TV series), author and minister Tim LaHaye talks about the rapture. For those of us who haven't spent time in the South or who don't listen to Garrison Keillor, the rapture is the apocalyptic accounting of the "end times" in which good souls are swept up and taken to heaven and "non-believers" are "left behind." Where are Unitarian Universalists in the rapture? In this exploration of apocalyptic thinking, we will endeavor to find our place in the end of times.

May 28 • Juneteenth -- Celebration & Memory • Bridgette Fahnbulleh

The Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, but the official end of slavery was June 19, 1865 when Union troops brought the "news" to Texas. Juneteenth is a national holiday that goes almost unnoticed in the Northwest but is celebrated in a big way in the South, especially Texas. The Vancouver chapter of the NAACP invites us to a deeper awareness and commitment to racial justice. • This is the Sunday that we change our schedule to one service, convening at 10 a.m.