September 24, 2017 - "Justice" by Rev. Russ Savage. More than anything else, we are called to do the work of justice: to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoner, comfort the afflicted, and speak out for the oppressed and marginalized. This work has never been needed more than it is today. Let us consider how we can bring our Unitarian Universalist principles and faith into action for justice.
October 1, 2017 "Why I Do This Work—Still" by Carol Carter Walker. Ms. Walker is here with us this weekend not only to deliver this morning’s message, but also as facilitator of the “Beyond Categorical Thinking” Workshop that will be held in the afternoon, after a lunch here at the church. In describing her message for this worship service she writes: “There have been many ups and downs in my journey toward Beloved Community. I've been tempted to leave but I find myself re-committing instead. This recommitment has many parallels to the story of UUSV—as it once again prepares itself for a new settled ministry.”
Carol Carter Walker has been a Unitarian Universalist (UU) for 30 years, beginning as a charter member of the now closed Sojourner Truth Congregation in Washington, DC.She is currently a member of Paint Branch UU Church in Adelphi, MD, a close-in suburb of Washington, DC. During that time she has held many leadership positions at the congregational, Joseph Priestly District, Central East Region, and at the denominational level. Included in this long list of important work we especially note that she has been a member of the Boards of Trustees of both her former and current congregations, and recently ended her second term as both Trustee and Worship Associate at Paint Branch. She is currently serving as a member of the Joseph Priestly (JPD) Board.
October 8, 2017 "Listening" by Rev. Russ Savage. In this age of divisiveness and tribalism, there are plenty of ways to receive and send messages. We tune in to our chosen medium, whether it be Fox News or NPR, to learn what is going on and get a slant on it. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter give us the means to spread it further and add our own twist. We have plenty of ways to tell others what we think and feel. But how much do we listen to others to try to understand how they think and feel? Let’s examine the subject of listening.