Worship Services

Join us at 10:30am each Sunday, 5212 S. Claiborne Ave (get directions.) You can also read Rev. Paul’s past sermons or watch some of our services.

Worship Services for May 2017

Sunday Worship, May 7, 2017 at 10:30am

“Cosmic Walk Ritual of the Sacred Story”

Guest Speaker: Alison McCrary

Join us for the Cosmic Walk Ritual, a telling of the Sacred Universe Story from the beginning of time. Together, we will walk, contemplate, and celebrate the Sacred Story to gain a better understanding of what it means to be human and to be living in the center of the cosmos connected to all creation. We will explore mystery, the beginnings of human awareness, origins, the cosmic energy connecting each one of us to each other and the universe, and what the universe is inviting us to do today.

We will be rearranging the chairs into an oval. In the middle of the oval, we will have a spiraling 100 ft rope marked with significant events from the beginning of the universe to the present. This is going to be a multi-sensory experience.

Sunday Worship, May 14, 2017 at 10:30am

“It’s About More Than Choice”

Guest Speaker: Rev. Jacqueline Luck

Mother’s Day: what better day “to give worth to” some of the contemporary issues around mothering or parenting in Louisiana and all of the States. I chose to approach this sermon topic through a lens of personal experience and Unitarian Universalist values. Jodie Manale of UU Voices for Reproductive Freedom will be the worship associate.

Rev. Jacqueline Luck retired from parish ministry last June 1 after nine fulfilling years as the called minister at Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Tennessee and moved to New Orleans. She served the Jackson and Hattiesburg, Mississippi UU congregations when Katrina made landfall August, 2005. She was the only UU minister serving full time in MS and was involved in shelter and recovery efforts in MS and the Gulf Coast the following years. Also in Jackson she was a clergy leader within the Reproductive Rights lobby.

Special Collection: on the first Sunday of every month, or thereabouts, we dedicate the offering to an important cause or organization. This Sunday the chosen recipient is Planned Parenthood (in memory of Rev. Mark Edmiston-Lang.)

Sunday Worship, May 21, 2017 at 10:30am

“Flower Communion and RE Sunday”

Rev. Paul Beedle and RE Lead Katie Gelfand

Today we celebrate the children and youth of First UU. Help us honor their milestones and thank the volunteer teachers for the generous sharing of their time and skills. Both learning and teaching require us to walk together as an intentional multi-generational community.

We will also celebrate one of the most beloved of UU traditions, the Flower Communion. Please bring a flower of any kind to add to our flower baskets in honor of the beauty and fragility of our diversity.

And there will be a Congregational Meeting after the service.

Sunday Worship, May 28, 2017 at 10:30am

“Why Am I Wearing this Black Lives Matter Bracelet?”

Lay Leader: Laurence Roberts

What does it mean to be an ally?

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