Worship Services for January 2018

Sunday Worship, January 7, 2018 at 11am – note change of time

“Jazz Funeral for the Old Year”

Rev. Paul Beedle and other GNOUU ministers

Our annual farewell to the passing year in the style of a New Orleans jazz funeral, with a live jazz band. We’ll bury our sorrows and regrets, look forward to the new year, and second-line together with members and friends from the three Greater New Orleans UU churches.

Special Collection: on the first Sunday of every month, we dedicate the offering to an important cause or organization. This Sunday’s collection will go to support our GNOUU cluster.

Sunday Worship, January 14, 2018, 10:30am

“Spirit of Justice”

Rev. Paul Beedle

In Stamped from the Beginning, historian Ibram X. Kendi examines racial justice activism throughout U.S. history, offering useful lenses for viewing justice issues today. Rev. Paul will share highlights and reflections.

Sunday Worship, January 21, 2018 at 10:30am

“The Promise & the Practice of our Faith”

Lay Leader: Laurence Roberts

What would it be like if our UU worship service centered entirely around the voices and the experiences of black Unitarian Universalists? What truths might we hear, however difficult? What might we learn? How might these black UU leaders teach us to be better allies, better siblings in faith, and even better citizens in our community?

Sunday Worship, January 28, 2018 at 10:30am

“The Jester Rules: Poetry of Satire and Silliness”

Lay Leader: Beverly Rainbolt

“When the king gets depressed, he doesn’t call for his wife. He doesn’t call for the cook. He calls for the court jester.” (Richard Simmons)
“Satire must always accompany any free society. It is an absolute necessity. Even in the most repressive medieval kingdoms, they understood the need for the court jester, the one soul allowed to tell the truth through laughter. ” (Joe Randazzo)

Both as antidote to our societal distress and possible winter doldrums and as preparation for Carnival, we proclaim “The Jester Rules!” with another poetry service. Locate your favorite poem of satire, masquerade, or just plain silliness to share, and let’s have a service devoted to telling the truth through laughter. Beverly Rainbolt is coordinating; please send your poems to her (writers@bellsouth.net) ahead of time so that we may plan for the ensuing chaos.