2015-02-15 All Roads That Lead To Good

Worship Leaders: Lee Ann D’Amato, Suzanne Kimmell, Karen Klussendorf, Autumn Labbé-Renault, Alexandra Lee-Jobe, Simon Murphey, Donna Sachs.

Prayer is unique to each of us. Prayer in our UU church is diverse and ranges from the very supernatural to humanist oriented contemplations. Join us to get a taste of how differently your worship associates interpret prayer for themselves.

2015-02-08 Standing in Need of Prayer

Rev. Shana Lynngood, Worship Leader; John Ashby, Worship Associate.

Many UUs have ambivalent feelings about prayer. These mixed feelings often originate in a lack of clarity about to who or what prayer is directed and the sense that prayer doesn’t work. In our focus on results and worry about whether or not there is something or someone who receives our prayers, are we missing another central element of prayer’s purpose? The African-American spiritual from which I have drawn my title suggests that sometimes we are in need of prayer. What does prayer mean to the pray-er? Are we changed when we pray? 

Rev. Shana Lynngood has served congregations in Madison, WI, Victoria, BC, Canada, and Washington, DC respectively. She currently serves the First Unitarian Church of Victoria as Co-Minister with her wife. Rev. Shana is a lifelong UU from the suburbs of Philadelphia who has known personally and seen first hand the transformative power of our faith. When not immersed in all things ministerial, Shana is parenting–she and Melora have two children, ages 8 and 2. Her interests include poetry, art history, and jazz.

2015-02-01 Prayer and Resistance!

John Ashby, Worship Leader; Autumn Labbé-Renault, Worship Associate with Aimee, Peter and Cyrus Crawford, Kathy Boyajian, and Michelle Monheit

Mystical activists rely upon personal spiritual practices to be centered, stay centered when challenged, and become more at one. Though UUs may shy from the word “Prayer,” many of us utilize personal practices to grow spiritually and in service to the world.