“Decolonizing Our Spirits”
Rev. Annie Gonzalez Milliken preaching
In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day (also known as Columbus Day), we’ll consider what it would mean for our lives and our society if we were to truly embrace a decolonizing framework. What concrete and spiritual practices can we engage to combat the stories of conquest and manifest destiny woven deep into our souls?
Pablo & P.J. Deak, guest speakers
Celebrate the work of the United Nations and your Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO). The service will be led by Pablo Deak, who served as Senior Youth Dean for last year’s UNO Intergenerational Seminar, along with his father P. J. Deak. Both are members of the Unitarian Society of New Haven CT and long-time supporters of the UU United Nations Office. The focus will be Gender Equity in Action, which was the theme of last spring’s seminar, as well as the work of the UNO as a whole.
“Saints and Sinners”
Deborah Weiner, Interim Director of Religious Education, preaching
As we move into the ‘dark time’ of the year, we mark the holidays of transition. The Pagan calendar notes that Samhain is the end of the year, which is then reborn…and it is the time, in Celtic religion, when the veil between life and death is said to be the thinnest – hence, all the excitement and lore about Halloween!). In this service, we’ll explore the co-mingling of celebrations for sinners and saints – and honor those who have passed from this life and who continue to hold dear. Please feel free to bring a memento or picture of a loved one (pets included!) who has passed away to place on an altar we’ll build during the service.
“What Moral Debt, If Any, Do We Owe Our Ancestors”
Rev. William F. Schulz preaching
We know we owe moral obligations to our living earth mates, to our children and to future generations. But do we owe them to those who have gone before us, to our parents and grandparents, to past generations? Is this a benevolent idea (it’s good to feel gratitude to those who shaped us and sacrificed for us) or is it an insidious one (“Keep those Confederate monuments!”)? Bill Schulz, our Affiliate Community Minister, who has recently been sorting through twenty-five boxes of family papers going back to the 1880s, will help us sort through this conundrum.