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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Worshiping Together Since 1830
(Religious Education, Nursery & Childcare )
Service 10:30 AM



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?

November 2 –– From You I Receive, To You I Give- Rev. Cathy Rion Starr - “Shared ministry” is a term often used in Unitarian Universalist congregations. The UUA’s Commission on Appraisal recently defined ministry as “service done as an outward expression of our faith or values.” Do you see yourself as part of the Unitarian Society of Hartford’s shared ministry? What is the ministry that you offer to the world? What is the ministry you need? What is our calling as Central Connecticut Unitarian Universalists in the 21st century?

November 9 - The Season of Invitation - Rev. Heather Rion Starr -- Who are you inviting into your home, into your life, this season? What ideas, spiritual teachings and wisdom, are you inviting into your soul-life? In this time of winter, of turning inward into our homes, our furnace-warmed and fire-lit gatherings, we will investigate the idea of invitation, who we are each inviting into our lives, and who we are inviting ourselves to be in the world.

November 16

November 23 xxxxxxxxxx- Pulpit Guest Jim Scott

November 30: -- The Practice of Gratitude - Revs. Cathy and Heather Rion Starr - Many of us have ways that we practice grounding ourselves in gratitude -- how have those practices helped us? What does grounding ourselves in gratitude do for and to us? We will then share in a congregational gratitude-sharing ritual. Everyone is invited to bring a "harvest" item of some kind -- an apple, a potato, a pomegranate -- to place on the altar table before the service. Everyone will then be invited to take home something they did not bring and to share aloud some one thing for which you are grateful.

December 7 – The December Dilemma  - Rev. Cathy Rion Starr -
The “holiday” season we are entering evokes feelings from love to disgust to indifference, but it’s impossible to avoid in our culture. Christmas is an important Christian holiday, yet many UUs don’t identify as Christian.  How do we stay grounded during this frenetic season? As we enter the darkest days of the year, what meaning will you make of it this year?

Dec 14 – Rev. Heather Rion Starr

Dec 21 – Solstice Celebration, multigenerational


Let us know of any comments, errors and corrections - thanks (revised 10/24/14)