Services

What Binds Us Together

This sermon will explore Unitarian Universalism’s unique ecclesiology – how we are together as a religious community. We are rooted in the concept of covenant that traces its source to the Hebrew Scriptures and to the Puritans, but our idea of covenant is fluid and always changing and developing.

Why Theology Matters

Although most of us don’t spend a great deal of time thinking about theology, understanding the theological underpinnings of social and political movements helps us understand the roots and implications of these movements and the ways in which some are toxic and others life-giving.

The Meaning of Labor

In celebration of Labor Day weekend, we’ll reflect on the meaning and nature of work. In what ways have working conditions improved and in what ways have things started to regress? And what can be done to improve work for all?

Third-Person Unitarian

In the 19th-century, many Unitarians described themselves as “first-person Unitarians,” meaning they emphasized only the first part of the idea of the Trinity – God the Father, but necessarily the Son or the Holy Spirit. However, in the 21st-century, it’s possible that the concept of a “third-person Unitarian” may be more relevant. This service will … Continued

Why Church, Why Now?

In a bygone era, it was assumed that almost everyone would belong to a religious community of one kind or another, but that assumption no longer holds as more and more people are unchurched. What are the real benefits of going to church and what does it mean to be a member of a congregation … Continued

Sabbath Wisdom

The idea of a “day of rest” may seem quaint and outdated–especially in a world that appears to be on fire. But, if we are to be functional and at least somewhat effective as bringers of justice and compassion, we need a day of rest more than ever before. How can we make room for … Continued

Time for an 8th Principle?

As Unitarian Universalists we covenant, affirm and promote seven principles. As we pursue the work of creating Beloved Community, can we benefit from the guidance and inspiration of a proposed 8th principle? Join the Sunnyhill Beloved Conversations Team as they share the history of the ever-evolving Seven Principles and introduce the proposed 8th Principle: “Journeying … Continued

The Wisdom of Trees

Especially during the pandemic, I have found myself reading more about trees and relating to them more deeply. What do trees have to teach us about community and how to live in healthy relationship with one another? Please join me for an exploration of trees’ quiet wisdom.

Imagine That!

Dean will explore the ways that we combine imagination, memory and creativity to bring meaning to our lives.  The service will feature Dean’s favorite storytelling form, poetry.

Butterflies and Dandelions: My Own Coming of Age

DRE Jennifer McGlothin reflects on the last decade of service to Sunnyhill and her own path to spiritual awakening, which is grounded in the resilience and interdependence found in the natural world.