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Using Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall" as an inspiration, Rev Stocker asks what are we "walling in and walling out" when we build our new meeting house.
Thinking about the foundation for our new building has Rev. Stocker thinking about the foundation of our religious heritage.
On September 11, 2011, we held our post-fire homecoming service. For this multi-generational service, we gathered for the first time in our new, temporary home, the Minnie Brown Center, which is owned by the Beth Israel Congregation of Bath. In this homecoming service, Rev. Stocker reads a letter from Andy Hagler, President of the Beth Israel Congregation. She then tells an old story that has surprising relevance to today. This recording begins with a congregational hymn, "Spirit of Life," sung in both Spanish and English.
Is religion binding? Blinding? Both? Or neither? Rev. Stocker ponders...
The Reverend Sylvia A. Stocker, preaching. Piano improvisation of “American the Beautiful,” performed by the Reverend J. Bradbury Mitchell,
A sermon about hope. The Reverend Sylvia A. Stocker preaching.
First service: Our high school group planned and produced this worship service to celebrate Beltane, the Celtic observance of May Day. Reflection by youth group advisor Becky Pelchat, chants led by Director of Religious Education Nicole Shanks. Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem, “Spring,” read by youth group member Heather. Violin played by youth group member James and guitar by youth group member Dani.
Sermon by the Reverend Sylvia A. Stocker.
Readings given by the Revered Sylvia A. Stocker and Director of Religious Education Nicole Shanks. Hymn "When the Spirit Says Do," accompanied by David Dean.
A sermon by the Reverend Sylvia A. Stocker, exploring the first part of our mission statement, “Our mission is to be a spiritual community…” Rev. Stocker draws on the book
Spiritual Evolution, by Dr. George Vaillant.
Thanksgiving Intergenerational Service. Religious Education Director Nicole Shanks introduces the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee Guest at Your Table boxes, to raise funds for justice work all over the world. The sermon, by the Reverend Sylvia A. Stocker nods at our tradition of telling the stone soup story in our intergenerational Thanksgiving service, then takes off in a slightly different direction.… Music: Joseph Kosma’s “Autumn Leaves,” played by pianist David Dean.
The Preservation of the World
In his book
, Henry David Thoreau said, “In wildness is the preservation of the world.” Rev. Sylvia Stocker contemplates one of the wildest of creatures, the wolf, for lessons about human beings. She draws on the story of the Wolf Project, as described in the book
, by Renee Askins.
We can be “spanners,” Rev. Sylvia Stocker asserts. We can be an intentional intergenerational community – a group of seekers that spans the generations, fostering safe, healthy, and meaningful relationships among all. This sermon draws from
All Are Welcome
, by James V. Gambone. Also included in this sermon is a story about Sylvia’s father, written by Rev. Anita Farber-Robertson.
For Homecoming Sunday, Rev. Sylvia Stocker asks what it means to have sanctuary and to create sanctuary together. She refers to the children’s story told earlier in the service --
, by Eve Bunting, in which a young boy creates a special place for himself among tall sunflowers. In addition, she alludes to the morning’s reading -- “A Fist in the Eye of God,” an essay about a hummingbird building her nest, in
by Barbara Kingsolver.