Worship Service Begins at 10:00 a.m. Every Sunday.
11:45am Adult Faith Development and/or Team Meetings “Food for Thought” and other Adult Faith Development – 1st and 3rd Sundays. Team Meetings only on 2nd and 4th Sundays.
Free Nursery care and children’s & youth classes every Sunday!
For the last couple of years, we have been experimenting with monthly ministry themes. The goal is to intentionally design and shape our ministry journey. Themed ministry is a tool that adds vitality to our journey by aligning our conversation across all the different ministries in the church. This allows us to essentially “travel together” as a community of seekers, sharpening our relationship to one another and to life through common reflection. For example, our teachers are encouraged to weave the same monthly concept into their classroom lessons that the adults are hearing from the pulpit in worship. The new Chalice Circles (small group ministry) will be a chance to explore these ideas in-depth with adult peers. Our “Mindful Meetings” will begin all of our team meetings with the same monthly focus to connect and energize us before we enter into our particular church work. We believe that thematic ministry can be spiritually deepening, and that we could even have more fun, more ease, and more connection among us as we explore them! What could be better?
JULY WORSHIP BEGINS OUR SUMMER SERIES ON THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES –
We are still looking for Seven Principle Worship Squads for some Sundays!! Sign up on the back ledge in the sanctuary or talk to Jen Ward or Matt Frisk.
July 2, 10am — First Principle: The Inherent Worth and Dignity of Each Person. What is Worthy in Each of Us? Our first principle claims that every person has worth and dignity apart from their actions or behavior, but what does that mean? We will be exploring what is inherent to our selves and what choices we make as people. We will further root ourselves in the context of our Universalist heritage, which claims we begin from a beloved state of being and work to act from this knowledge of our inner goodness.
Guest speaker, Elizabeth Mount is a UU seminarian at the Meadville Lombard School of Theology and the ministerial intern at the First Universalist Church of Denver. Elizabeth, whose pronouns are they/them, is a life-long Unitarian Universalist and worked in education and community organizing prior to choosing ministry as their vocation. They aspire to parish ministry and greatly enjoy bringing forth stories of our UU heritage to help shape the future of our shared faith.
July 9, 10am – Second Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations. These qualities point us toward something beyond inherent worth and dignity. They point us to the larger community and a collective responsibility, reminding us that treating people as human beings is not simply something we do one-on-one, but something that has systemic implications and can inform our entire cultural way of being. We will further root ourselves in the context of our Universalist heritage, and explore how we can live out our faith in interactions taking place in our everyday lives. Guest speaker: Jen Ward, UU, Iliff Seminarian
July 16, 10am — 3rd Principle: “Growing Our Hearts and Minds.” Grounding ourselves in the 3rd Principle of the UU tradition, we’ll ponder “acceptance of one another and encouragement to foster spiritual growth in our congregations.” Guest speaker: Matthew S. Frisk, UU Music Director. Matt will share some profound insights from his experience in the Music Leadership Credentialing Program that the CUUC congregation invested in for his professional development.
July 23rd, 10am — 4th Principle: “Even to Question is an Answer” Rev Julia returns to the pulpit to explore our 4th Principle: “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” It has been said “to question is an answer.” Edwin Friedman states that “questions are always more important than answers, because the way that one frames the question predetermines the range of answers one can conceive in response.” Let’s explore how asking the right kind of question can be the best way to open up our reality in new ways.
Rev J will speak about our 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. What is a conscience and when do we use it righteously? And how does it serve democratic process? Questions that certainly have meaning today! Come explore!
Aug 6, 10am — “THE JEWEL IN THE BARBAGE CAN (The Risky Business of Intention)”
We seek to live with nobility hoping that our life will contribute to human good. However, history may seem indifferent to our intentions. Sometimes what we intend as good, turns into bad. And sometimes what we see as bad, will turn into good. The smaller lesson is that we don’t have complete control over the outcome of our intentions. The larger lesson is that either good or evil can become each other through the magic of social transformation.
During this service, Guest Speaker and our friend, Robert Latham will share an experience of evil in his own personal life that became a shower of blessing. He will also look to history for further illustrations. Rev Latham is the Minister Emeritus at Jefferson Unitarian Church, in Golden, CO.
Aug 13, 10am — The 7th Principle: “Five Dimensions of Interconnectivity”
The SUUpremes will be exploring the 7th principle through song and reflections. The 7th Principle is respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. The focus for this service is Interconnectivity. We will be exploring Environmental Interconnectivity, Cultural Interconnectivity, Life Interconnectivity, Religious Interconnectivity, and Universal Interconnectivity. That is a lot of interconnectivity but you will enjoy how songs can keep it all connected.
The SUUpremes are a group of Columbine women who enjoy creating music for special occasions. This is their first attempt at serious reflection and they are excited to share their ideas and sing a few songs on this very important UU principle.