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Service Times

Fall/Winter/Spring services: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Summer services (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend): one 10 a.m. service

In 2017, we offer one 10 a.m. service starting on May 28 and continuing through September 3.
On September 10, we return to two services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Note: These services are typically updated before the 1st of every month, although they may be posted as late as the 5th.

Upcoming Services

June 4: Music Sunday! “We Sing As Love” Fellowship Singers, One Voice, Rev. Ruth Rinehart, Music Director Tad Koriath. Come enjoy a beautiful morning of music as our choirs and many talented instrumentalists take us on an inspired journey through song. Pieces from a wide variety of traditions and composers will guide us: African-American Spirituals to Dolly Parton, Hebrew melodies to Carly Simon. Many windows will reveal the amazing power of music to soothe, to inspire, to grieve, to love.

June 11: “A Bouquet of Color: Annual Flower Ceremony” Join Rev. Lydia and Worship Associate Rachel Setzke for this all-ages service where we celebrate our diversity! Bring a flower for our annual flower ceremony.

June 18: “Stories from our Fathers” Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry and Worship Associate Nancy DiLaura. Today we look closely at fathering across the generations, and will hear from some of the fathers in our congregation about their journey.  We also offer a child dedication at this service. If you are interested in learning more about this unique UU ritual that covenants between parents, children and the congregation, click here.

June 25: “On The Joy of Laughter” Worship Leader Brian Kenyon and Worship Associate Nancy DiLaura. This service will be on the joy of life.

Previous Services

May 7: “Let it be a Dance” Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry and worship associate Nancy DiLaura with dancer Mary Haan and guitarist Jon Sousa. We begin the month of “Embodiment” looking at the ‘dance of life’. Cultural anthropologist Angeles Arien found that in indigenous communities in distress, the Shaman would ask “When did you stop dancing?” So today, we too ask that question, among others. How do we connect more fully with our whole beings– mind, body and soul? What does it mean to be a community of embodiment?

May 14: “Forgiving our Parents” Service leader Paul Gibb and worship associate Elena Slusser. Paul Gibb will deliver a sermon about how we can forgive our parents for their shortcomings by putting ourselves in their shoes and understanding what their lives were like and by accepting that we are all, our parents included, imperfect beings living in an imperfect world.

May 21: “We Are Going: Youth Rites of Passage Sunday”
9 a.m. Coming of Age Service
11 a.m. Bridging Service for Graduating Seniors.
Rev. Lydia, De Anna Hoyle, Interim Director of the School of the Spirit, Ruth Rinehart, assistant minister, and Rachel Stevenson, Youth Coordinator. Join us for two distinct services that honor and celebrate our youth. At 9 am, our eighth grade Coming of Age youth will share their ‘credo statements’ with us, sure to inspire us with their youthful guts and wisdom! Then at 11 am, we’ll say goodbye to our graduating seniors in our annual ‘bridging service’. Need a little hope and inspiration in your life? Come to both services and meet the future! (Children fourth grade and up will stay for the services)

May 28: “A Body in the World” Ruth Rinehart and worship associate Elena Slusser. We live in these bodies, and navigate the geography of our lives. Unpredictable: Healthy one day; disabled or dead the next. Pleasure and pain; it’s a mixed bag. Join us as we explore our relationships with our bodies, with all the complications that entails: health, ethics, spirituality, sexuality, uncertainty, rejection…

April 2: “For Those Who Risk Much” Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry and worship associate Chris Rathweg. Today, we begin our monthly theme of Transformation. In our broken world and our wounded lives, Love brings about the transformation that leads to more wholeness. Today, we’ll explore the kinds of Love necessary for healing.

 April 9: “Transformation: White Supremacy Teach In” Rev. Ruth Rinehart and worship associate Stephanie Pache. Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship joins a large group of Unitarian Universalists who have responded to the call of our leaders of color to hold a teach-in on racism and white supremacy.

Why “white supremacy” as the term here? It conjures up images of hoods and mobs. Here, we mean: “White supremacy as a set of institutional assumptions and practices, often operating unconsciously, that tend to benefit white people and exclude people of color.”

April 16: “Expressions of Easter: All Ages Easter Service!”  Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, Rev. Ruth Rinehart, and De Anna Hoyle, Interim Director of Religious Education. Today Christians around the world celebrate Easter — a most sacred holiday that celebrates a transformation from death to new life. Through story and art, we’ll celebrate the many expressions of Easter — from the story of Ostara to stories from our own UU tradition. Join us for an engaging Sunday service and our traditional Soup Can Hunt for Boulder County AIDS Project following the service. The Choir will offer us beautiful transformative music!

April 23: “What we love, we care for” Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, and worship associate Stephanie Pache, and special youth guest Kalia Jones. Today, we celebrate our relationship to the Earth and its transformational qualities in our lives. At a time when so much is at stake, taking time to savor the beauty of creation just might be a doorway to saving it.

April 30: “Holding it Together: Eulogies for What Must Change” Service Leader Larry LaVerdure with worship associate Brian Kenyon. Thriving is the gift given to those who are most prepared to adapt and transform. Personal growth, societal challenges and environmental upheaval are a given. But we all have psychological bones that can break. We will explore what it means to be spiritually agile and how to break habits that keep us from being connected to community and finding joy in the everyday transformations we’re all familiar with.

 March 5: “For Those Who Risk Much” Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry and worship associate Silvine Farnell. B Karpeles writes,

“Those who risk much lose much.
But they are also the only ones who ever win.”

Today we begin our exploration of the theme of Risk. What does risk look like in these times? What’s on the line now? What is the dance between the power in our places of privilege and the vulnerability of risk?

March 12: One 10 a.m. service, “Stewardship Sunday: The Fire of Commitment” Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry and Rev. Ruth Rinehart with worship associate Jean Nuttall. In an age of rapid change, an overabundance of information, and a challenging political climate, this congregation stands firm in its commitment to be a source of inspiration and connection for the needed work of resistance as well as being a place for renewal, a place to fill the well, to cry, to laugh, to sing, to celebrate milestones, and to feel the richness of a multi-generational community. Come One, Come All! Today is our Annual Stewardship Sunday! A day of celebration and commitment to this institution that brings a beacon of light into the world.

The Fellowship Choir will provide musical offerings at this service. This service will include a Call to Pledge. Stay after the service for a luscious brunch!

March 19: “Risk and Balance” Worship leader Pete Wernick and worship associate Silvine Farnell. As everyone knows: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained” … or is it: “Better safe than sorry?” When is caution right, and when is it time to go all-in? When risk is a part of life, what can we do to keep balance in the face of uncertainty? If each of us discerns which risks are most appropriate for us, can this help us stay balanced?

March 26: “Choosing Trust in Risky Times” Rev. Ruth Rinehart, and worship associate Jean Nuttall. It is countercultural to choose trust. Demogogues and marketers want us to choose fear, feel fear, run towards security, fear the unknown, fear our neighbors. It is countercultural to choose trust. In ourselves. In others (without being naive or unwise). In the future. In life itself. Let us deconstruct these choices. Let us choose risk and trust.

February 5: “Identity” Rev. Ruth Rinehart and worship associate Rachel Setzke. “Do I contradict myself?” Walt Whitman asks, “Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.” Join us as we begin the monthly theme of Identity. Our Unitarian Universalist identity, our intersectional and marginalized identities, our complex inheritance of cultural identity. Do you contradict yourself?

February 12: “From Darwin to the iChurch” Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry and worship associate Dave Leonard. Charles Darwin can be seen as one of our Unitarian saints — an inquisitive man who reshaped science and theology. Today, Darwin’s birthday, we dip into his life as we explore our UU Identity — its strengths and its challenges. The Fellowship Choir will provide musical offerings today. This service will include a new member ceremony.

February 19: “Youth Service” Created and led by BVUUF and Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder Youth! Join us today in a service about Identity from the lens of our high school youth!

February 26: “The Hero’s Journey”
Rev. Ruth Rinehart, Rev. Dr. Paula Williams, and worship associate Elena Slusser. The Rev. Dr. Paula Williams joins us for a dynamic service, wrapping up our monthly theme of identity. Rev. Williams’ message covers her own journey from being the pastor of an evangelical megachurch to becoming a transgender woman with a widely broadened theological perspective.

January 1, 10 am: “We Resolve…”
Bruce Martin. We will enjoy a multi-generational gathering including a story about being prophetic as we explore what it means to be a community of prophecy.  we will speak of the importance of presence and story.  And we will consider our resolutions as “We Resolve…” for the new year.

January 8: “The Mini-Retreat”
Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry. Once again, we’ll begin the New Year with a morning of contemplative activities to soothe the soul, enliven the heart and inspire action for these times. Instead of our traditional worship service, you will be invited to join in on any of a number of mini-retreats — from kirtan in the sanctuary, quiet meditation, social justice letter-writing, life collage and more down the hall.  We will even offer a winter walk to Wanaka Lake and guided walking meditation for those who prefer the solace of nature. Twenty-five to fifty minute sessions begin at our usual worship time of 9 am or 11 am, with a bountiful coffee hour, and bluegrass gospel music at 10 am.  This is a Sunday to bring your friends! All ages are welcome.

January 15: “MLK Day Service”
Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry  with worship associate(s) Chris Rathweg, and the Racial Justice Task Force. The lessons of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King are needed more  than ever. Dr. King was outspoken against the, “Triple Evils,” of poverty, racism, and militarism, while advocating for an unparalleled love of all people, even his most vehement oppressors.  Today we remind ourselves of his prophetic voice for freedom, and ask ourselves how to heed his call in these times.

January 22: “The Sharps Legacy”
Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry and worship associate Bruce Martin. Today we learn more about the lives of Unitarian minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha, who left their children behind in the care of their parish and boldly committed to multiple life-threatening missions in Europe. Over two dangerous years they helped to save hundreds of imperiled political dissidents and Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe.  How might their prophetic lives inspire us today?

Sunday, January 29: “Our Prophetic Legacy”
Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry and worship associate Scott Youmans. Our month exploring the SoulMatters question of “What does it mean to be a people of prophecy?” ends with an exploration of our own congregation’s history. From supporting Guatemalan refugees in sanctuary in the 1980s to hanging a Black Lives Matter banner this past summer, our congregation has a rich prophetic history. Where might we go from here?


Monthly Themes for 2017

January – Prophecy
February – Identity
March – Risk
April – Transformation
May – Embodiment
June – Zest