Reverend Gail Tapscott, who was a reporter/editor for environmental newsletters and also Director of a Greenpeace office before becoming a minister will share some stories of struggles past and suggest ways we can stay strong for the challenge despite the current hostile climate for science and the environment.
‘Tis the season of birth and growth and transformation... And nothing symbolizes this season like flowers - and eggs! This morning we will speak of the meaning of this season and we will share the tradition of the Flower Communion, originated by Rev. Norbert Capek, a Unitarian minister who lived in Prague in the last century.
All ages are invited to bring blooms and flowers to contribute to the Flower Communion and to participate in this traditional service!! We will have a few eggs as well as sweets to share at coffee hour!
Our young people will be with us for most of the service... and they may have a surprise for their families and other adults at the end of the service!
Join us for this joyous springtime service!
"Looking Back, Springing Forward" - Reverends Gail Stratton and Gail Tapscott, Sunday, March 25, 2017
More than 20 years ago, a group of of people in Oxford gathered as a meditation group to explore their own spirituality. As that group grew, they wanted a place that would welcome all, value freedom of religion and be a place that could be the “village that raises our children.” This group that now includes 91 members became the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Oxford. It was formally recognized as a congregation 20 years ago. This will be the first of two Sundays to reflect on what it means for UUCO to be 20 years old! Rev. Gail Stratton will provide a short history of the congregation and the Rev. Gail Tapscott will provide ways to think about moving forward from this moment.
Members of the UUCO chorus will meet at 10:35 to learn one of the songs. All are welcome to join them!
Randy Weeks, a native of Madison, Mississippi, will lead us on a spiritual journey through music and the spoken word. In this service he will share some of the major influences that have guided his own life. Randy holds a Master's Degree in Music (1977), with an emphasis in Church Music. He also has earned a Master's Degree in Applied Sociology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (1996) and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He has worked for over twenty years as a Youth Minister and for over twenty years as a psychotherapist. In addition to that, he writes a faith/spirituality column for the "Oxford Eagle" and the "Clarion Ledger" on a regular basis. Randy is also a singer/songwriter and an actor. His son, Jonas, currently works for Broad Green Pictures in Hollywood, California. We welcome Randy to our congregation on March 19!!
Art mediums are all around us hidden in the images, symbols, and words that surround us. We may view art as a passive form of entertainment (television or music). However, we will explore art as a tool of power and influence in both our past and present realities, and also as a mechanism of change for our future.
A very special Sunday!! A morning about 'Hope, When Hope is Hard to Find' is a gift to UUCO of a morning worship service from our UUA Southern Region Congregational Life Staff, complete with story for all ages, music, and a fine sermon!!!
Rev. Kenn Hurto, who has led this team in recent years, will bring the sermon, and Connie Goodbread and Rev. Carlton Smith will add to the rich morning service!
A wonderful morning of Unitarian Universalism's unique inspiration from these wonderful leaders -- who have also been with us for Saturday's Mississippi Cluster Gathering! (They have also been meeting in town this week for their staff spring retreat.)
Join in for this special Sunday!
For our annual service to celebrate the unique and sacred Unitarian Universalist place that is The Mountain - the UU Retreat and Learning Center in Highlands, NC - we will have as a special guest speaker Laurel Amabile, who is part of The Mountain staff.
Apathy, Anger and Action: The White Response to a Racist America - Allen Coon - Sunday, February 19, 2017
Allen Coon is currently a student at the University of Mississippi studying public policy leadership and is a senator of the Ole Miss ASB organization. He will be discussing the importance of righteous indignation and productive white anger as a response to systemic hate. He also intends to discuss white apathy and the value of personal critique as a white ally in the struggle for racial justice.
The service on Feb. 12 is a fully intergenerational service. The children will not have separate RE classes that morning! The service will be a story, with some of the familiar elements of our services woven into the story. Y'all come!! It will be fun! The opportunity to do intergenerational services is really valuable. It is an opportunity for parents and children to have a shared experience of worship on Sunday morning. It is an opportunity for children to be with their parents and see their parents and the adults they know in the context of worship. And in this context I am using the word "Worship" in a Unitarian Universalist sense...the root of the word is worth, and worship is where we lift up what is of greatest worth. For me today, what is of great worth is the connection of dear people who care for one another and treasure religious freedom. It is being connected to something greater than myself. And through this community I find my inner compass that has been pretty stressed these last weeks.
From the beginning of the congregation we have had intergenerational services and we are glad to be drawing from these deep roots!
Y'all come! It will be fun!
"What is going on at Standing Rock? Why Should UU's Care?" In November and December Edie Love traveled twice to North Dakota to stand with the people of Standing Rock. She will share her experiences of being there as a Chaplain and witnessing first hand the challenges and the solidarity of those who responded. She will speak on her experiences as well as on the bigger issues of colonialism and abuse of native peoples. A Candidate for UU Ministry, Edie Love continues her work with the homeless population in Memphis! We are grateful to have her visit UUCO again!