unitarian society of hartford

chalice50 Bloomfield Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105
Tel: (860) 233-9897 / FAX 233-1333
Email: firstunitarian@ushartford.com
Revs. Cathy & Heather Rion Starr

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Service 10:30 AM



October 5 Study War No More? Dear ones - I had planned to preach on another topic this week, but I find myself called to instead preach about the escalating war in the Middle East and our collective silence, regardless of our positions on the matter.  Are we war-fatigued? Confused? Powerless? Unsure how to find our way to peace when it sometimes seems that war is the answer?  Truly i don't know, but I invite you to come with an open heart to reflect together on how to reckon with our own apathy and find ways to cultivate more love and less war in the world.  ~ Rev. Cathy

October 12 - The Church of First Resort - Guest Speaker: The Rev. Andrew Millard - Journalist Lisa Miller wrote that Unitarian Universalism is "where you go when you don’t know where to go."  And the Southern Baptist Convention told the Supreme Court that if explicitly Christian prayers were removed from government meetings, then what’s left would be "a state-sponsored Unitarian [Universalist] church." But why should we be the church of last resort when we can be the church of first resort?

The Rev. Andrew Clive Millard has served as minister to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula since 2010.  Having become a UU at our Meeting House in 2001, he moved to Colorado to attend the Iliff School of Theology.  He now lives in Newport News, Virginia with his wife, Allison, and their two-year-old daughter, Olivia, as well as an assortment of cats and rabbits.

October 19 - Spirit Movements - Guest Speaker Bishop Selders - "The movement of the Spirit of God in the hearts of men and women often calls them to act against the spirit of their times or causes them to anticipate a spirit which is yet in the making. In a moment of dedication they are given wisdom and courage to dare a deed that challenges and to kindle a hope that inspires."  Howard Thurman, Footprints of a Dream: The Story of the Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples (1959), p. 7

Bishop Selders hopes to inspire us to think about what calls any one of us to act and action from our faith places. 

Bio. - The Right Reverend Doctor John L. Selders is Organizing Pastor of the Amistad United Church of Christ in Hartford and Executive Director of Zezzo House in Hartford.  Has served as Adjunct Faculty/Lecturer at Yale Divinity School, Andover Newton Theological School, The Anglican Divinity School, and The Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education.  He is Bishop Presider of the Inter-Denominational Conference of Liberation Congregations and Ministries and Co-Convening Bishop of the Sacred College of Progressive Episcopates.  He is also an award-winning songwriter, musician and performer, loving spouse of Pamela, father of Alisia and Jay, and grandfather to Makenzie.

October 26 - Plenty and Then - Rev. Heather Rion Starr - We all have “plenty and then some” of something, whether it’s our time, passion, wisdom, books, money, recipes, or stories. Rather than focusing on what we’d like to get, how can we celebrate and remember what we have to give? And when we feel like we truly have nothing to give, what might we be forgetting?


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