Worship Service Themes for 2023-2024

Spiritual Practice of the Month of February: Justice and Equity

This year, Rev. Parisa invites anyone who wishes to join in a spiritual practice each month to go along with the theme. This is a do-it-yourself guide, and we hope you’ll share your insights with one another as you engage the practice.

Journal/reflection prompts:

As you go about your day, consider the ways that you see justice defined. What are the assumptions you bring to what justice should and could look like? Do others see it that way?

Think of a time in your life when you experienced justice unfolding. What did it feel like? How did you know it was just?

Have you ever felt at odds with what others thought to be just or equitable? What did emotions did that bring up in you? What actions did you take or choose not to take as a result?

 

February: Justice & Equity

Our second Unitarian Universalist principle supports ‘justice, equity and compassion in human relations’ and justice and equity continue to be central in the new values statement proposed for our Association. How do we define and come to realize justice and equity up close, from a distance, and in this life? When are we called to action, to witness, or to solidarity? What do we do when what we thought was right turns out not to be so just?

Eight hands in many different skin tones form a circle.

March: Transformation

What does it take to make change in ourselves, in our community, and in our world? How can we mark and honor the changes that take place slowly, over time? How can we mark new life and fresh understanding that happens with and around us? This month we mark transformations of many different kinds: the spring equinox, Easter and the Transgender Day of visibility.

A monarch butterfly dangles from the end of a branch, having just emerged from a cocoon.

April: Interdependence

In her book, Emergent Strategy, adrienne maree brown writes:

“E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G—is connected. The soil needs rain, organic matter, air, worms and life in order to do what it needs to do to give and receive life. Each element is an essential component. Organizing takes humility and selflessness and patience and rhythm while our ultimate goal of liberation will take many expert components. Nature teaches us that our work has to be nuanced and steadfast. And more than anything, that we need each other—at our highest natural glory—in order to get free.”

Many people throughout the sanctuary of a church hold hands.

May: Renewal

This month FUUSN will call a new minister, preparing to renew itself through the process of entering into a new covenant, and with it so many new possibilities. We’ll consider in worship the many ways we find renewal in community, and the hopes we have for things to come.

Two cupped hands hold a gray stone with the word

June: Pride

In the last two services of the congregational year, we’ll celebrate the joy of the work we’ve done together through this interim time, we’ll join with the LGBTQIA community of Boston to celebrate Pride, and we’ll celebrate the wonderful flower ceremony and child dedication that makes us proud to be part of this congregation.

Two women at a parade, one in a pink shirt and black jacket holding a sign with a rainbow border reading,