This month we ask, “What does it mean to be a people of beauty?”
It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In June, we examine not only the eye, but also the idea that beauty is inherent, independent of the eye that is seeing. And more, the spiritual possibility that beauty flows in the dance between the two. What is your relationship to beauty? And why does it matter?
June 2 – The Beauty of We ONE 10:00 SERVICE
Flower Communion, Gratitude, Youth Bridging… and the Interfaith Block Party
This Sunday we celebrate community, mark the transition of several youth, and express gratitude for UUCM’s amazing volunteers. It is said that many hands make light work. To that, we add that many hearts make lightwork. The energy that has been generously shared in our community brings more light and beauty into the world. Part of what makes UUCM special is the love and care of our hands and our hearts. Our co-creations offer more beauty to the world. First Sunday: please BRING FOOD for Interfaith Food Ministry and Pets in Need.
June 9 – Six Names for Beauty – Rev. Kevin Tarsa (9:30 and 11:30)
The English word “beauty” intimates an experience of longing, according to author Crispin Sartwell in Six Names for Beauty. Beauty as captured in other languages and cultures, however, points to other possibilities. To our benefit.
June 16 – Our Fathers, Our Selves – Bob Branstrom and Rev. Kevin (9:30 and 11:30)
Within this Father’s Day reflection on fatherhood, Bob Branstrom shares the funny story about the role his father played in helping him “become his own man” during a disastrous sailing outing. Whatever your own relationship to fatherhood may be, come, let Bob’s remembering and reflection inspire your own.
June 23 – A Tapestry of Artists – UUCM Artists (9:30 and 11:30)
At what point does art become beauty? While it’s being conceived? During the creation? Once it’s complete? At the point of being experienced? Is beauty even a necessary element of art? This morning, we’ll hear from some of our many talented UUCM artists about their creative processes as we ask about their relationship to beauty and whether and how that shows up in their work.
June 30 – The Changer and the Changed – Allison Rivers Samson and Rev. Kevin (9:30 and 11:30)
If beauty is born of the relationship between the expression and the beholder, what happens after the moment of beauty’s emergence? Is it the end, or does it live on, perhaps in whom we become? At the end of this month exploring beauty, Allison and Kevin ask, “How might we respond to beauty’s invitation to look closer, go deeper, see more?”
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Join us Sunday mornings at 9:30 or 11:30 to explore your own sense of beauty and what beauty means in your life.