Services

Lost In America Again

Longtime Sunnyhill member Jean Furlan will be sharing her experience of taking three solo road trips in celebrations of her 50th, 60th and 70th birthdays. Her service will describe the physical beauty of the United States and explore how Jean found meaning in solitude and nature- which is affirming risk-taking as a way to independence.

Beyond Self-Reliance

This sermon examines the tension between self-reliance, as famously espoused by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the attributes needed to achieve the goal of the beloved community.

Turning Fear into Love

Vietnamese Buddhist teacher and activist Thich Nhat Hanh spoke of four mantras “effective for watering the seeds of happiness in yourself and your beloved and for transforming fear, suffering, and loneliness.” This service will examine those mantras and how they might be practiced. No RSVP required, masks optional for the in person service! PS- Sunnyhill … Continued

Pride!

Being a “welcoming congregation” is not merely an academic exercise or just a nice thing to do. Welcoming our LGBTQIA+ siblings is a life-affirming and potentially life-saving act. In this service we will examine what we can do to work for justice for LGBTQ people while becoming a more fully inclusive and welcoming congregation.

Decoration Day

Memorial Day began in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War when formerly enslaved African Americans conducted a series of commemorations to express their sense of the meaning of the war. This service will explore the deep roots of Memorial Day and how those roots might change the way we experience this holiday in our … Continued

Beloved Conversations

Beloved Conversations is a program for Unitarian Universalists seeking to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice. In Beloved Conversations, we are here to heal the impact of racism on our lives, in order to get free together. Sunnyhill’s Beloved Conversations Team will share their experiences of this program.

The Purpose of Beauty

The Navaho blessing “May you walk in beauty” seems to imply that beauty plays a central role in our lives, both as a path that we tread and as that which surrounds and enfolds us while we are on that path. In this sermon, we will explore how we might recognize, embrace and engage beauty … Continued

Mothers and Others

For various reasons, Mother’s Day is not a holiday that everyone celebrates. Rather than beatifying or idealizing mothers, this service will look at the importance of supportive, nurturing relationships and how anyone can give or receive such nurturance.

Coming of Age

Credo is a Latin word which is generally translated as “I believe,” but its literal meaning is closer to “what I set my heart to.” Sunnyhill’s Coming of Age (COA) class (8th-grade youth) will share what is close to their hearts in this service which is a capstone of the COA curriculum.

Book of Awakening

Drawn from ideas in Mark Nepo’s book of the same name, this service will explore, in Nepo’s words “our ongoing need to stay vital and in love with this life, no matter the hardships we encounter.” How might we go about cultivating this love for life, even when the going is rough?