Sunday, April 13th 2014
Single service at 10 am followed by reception
Inspired by love, reason and justice, a Fellowship celebrates 35 years
There’s a progressive, spiritual and non-doctrinal church tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in Lafayette, Colo., that after years of steady growth, which has attracted over 250 loyal members, is about to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
On Easter Sunday, April 15, 1979, a dedicated group of 48 residents of the greater Boulder area began a new Unitarian Universalist group, now called the Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Their goal was to, in their words “bring love and reason to life and build a just and compassionate world.”
They do this by holding welcoming, life-affirming Sunday services (usually at 9 and 11 a.m.) full of moving music, compassion for one another, reinforcement of their beloved community and living proof of their commitment to social justice. They carry out the latter by giving half their collection plate to a worthy cause each week, from immigration reform to AIDS services and sponsorship of a school child through the I Have a Dream Foundation.
They also live their ideals by offering relevant religious education programming for children of all ages as well as adults. BVUUF’s “School of the Spirit” explores the church’s monthly worship themes, such as compassion, through mind, body and spirit, and supporting spiritual growth without religious creed.
Pastoral care at BVUUF has important and special meaning, and a supportive Neighborhood Connectors program in five areas encompassing Boulder and Broomfield counties and the northwest Denver suburbs provides programming such as dinners and book groups and assists those in need of a helping hand.
Unitarian Universalism is a religion that keeps an open mind, searching for answers to the eternal questions of meaning and purpose. The Fellowship’s minister, Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, says, “We have a way of being in the world that weaves joy and justice into a world that desperately needs both. I know that the message of Unitarian Universalism, the message of an inclusive love that transcends many differences, is a radical message urgently needed in our divisive world. I know that our actions are transformative and we can heal the world together.”
Discover more about the Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s beliefs and principles by visiting www.bvuuf.org, and join them for their 35th anniversary celebration service at 10 a.m. on April 13 (reception following), or at one of the Easter services at 9 and 11 a.m. on April 20.