Folk singer and long time UU Ken Sizemore will present a musical service entitled "A Tribute To Peter, Paul, and Mary - extraordinary folk singers and courageous champions of progressive causes." Ken will share with us many of P, P, and M's signature songs, including some of their message songs such as "Blowin' In the Wind," "The Times They Are A-Changin'," "If I Had A Hammer," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone," "Inch By Inch--The Garden Song," and "Deportee." Ken will also offer a sampling of their iconic folk songs about life, family, and magical places, including classics like "Lemon Tree," "Puff the Magic Dragon," "Stewball," "Don't Think Twice," "500 Miles," and "Leaving On A Jet Plane." And, believe it or not, more, if time permits!!!
On Father's Day, UUCO members Chris Sapp and Jason Taylor will lead a celebration of parenthood. Several members of the congregation will be invited to share stories and lessons about and by fathers.
A continuation to Rev. Gail Tapscott's talk on "The Lost Art of Hanging Out and La Vie Boheme." Rev. Gail Tapscott, Retired UU minister and UUCO member believes we are all too busy, are not wasting enough time and have lost out on some very key life skills in recent years. Last week, she shared her thoughts on how loafing and hanging out are spiritual experiences and offered illustrations from many religious traditions. As a follow up, the June 11 service will offer some practice in hanging out as we gather for the UUCO Third Place Sunday Coffee House. There will be topics to discuss, people to meet, and some breakfast food to enjoy. Come hang out with us!
Rev. Gail Tapscott, retired UU minister and UUCO member believes we are all too busy, are not wasting enough time and have lost out on some very key life skills in recent years. She will be sharing her thoughts on how loafing and hanging out are spiritual experiences and will offer illustrations from many religious traditions. Hanging out has often been associated with Bohemian culture so she will be paying homage to this tradition as well.
Zenkai Taiun Michael Elliston, roshi, is a Soto Zen teacher and Abbott of the Atlanta Soto Zen Center, which he established in 1977. He is a Dharma successor of early Zen pioneer Zengaku Soyu Matsuoka, roshi, and also of Shohaku Okamura, roshi, Abbot of Sanshinji in Bloomington, Indiana. He has worked extensively in interfaith settings to develop mutual understanding and teach about Buddhism.
His current week-long residency is sponsored by Oxford Soto Zen (visit www.oxford-soto-zen.org for more information), and coincides with an exhibit of his paintings at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center.
We will continue our theme of transitions this week by honoring those graduating from high school and college. One of our college graduates, Katie Lee, will give a talk titled “Afraid, and . . .,” which will address pushing forward despite uncertainty. Katie graduates with a BA in Psychology and has been singing with the UUCO chorus and working with our youth groups this past year.
We pause, in this season of transitions, to reflect on the past year at UUCO, as well as on the year to come. If worship lifts up that which is of worth and value, how do our various individual values and spiritual practices come together in our communal services?
As a lay led congregation, we participate in a wonderful aspect of Unitarian Universalism: we honor the thoughts and contributions of our members and friends, relying on them as we shape our Sunday mornings. Whether you arrive for the first time or the fiftieth, we invite you use your heart and both sides of your brain to join in our positive and meaningful exploration of such questions as:
What brings us to UUCO this Sunday morning?
What does UUCO bring to us on Sunday mornings?
How can we blossom in programming and in spirit?
Dinorah Sapp will share some insights into Bruce Lee's life and philosophy as it relates to our UU principles. Having visited a museum exhibit in Seattle about Lee's life, career, and philosophy, she found inspiration and a new way to look at things. "No Martial Arts background needed or required for this talk." Dinorah Sapp is a Lecturer of ESL at the Intensive English Program at the University of Mississippi. She wishes she could be as agile and philosophical as Bruce Lee.
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!