February 7: “Motives for and Perils of Migration CoCoDA”
By Jim Mulholland
Explorin Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA) has been working in Central America since 1992 in collaborative community
development. In those years, CoCoDA has had a front row seat on the shifting situation around migration and immigration between the United States
and Central America. You can read more about this organization at www.cocoda.org.
Jim Mulholland, Executive Director of CoCoDA, will present some basic facts about migration/immigration and then introduce Francisco Juarez. Francisco migrated to the United States in 2007 and lived in New York, New Jersey and Washington DC where he worked in construction. He returned to El Salvador in 2010. Francisco will share his story.
February 14: “When Mercy Seasons Justice”
By Rev. Cathy Corbin-Mannino
Shakespeare wrote that mercy was above all other earthly powers and when seasoned with justice was the power most resembling the power of God/
Love. Its special reward – it blesses both the giver and receiver.
February 21: “Random Acts of Kindness”
By Iam Notsure
It is always better to be kind. Reminders of this truth are always a good thing. Come hear more and be inspired to act.
February 28: “Mercy is Love Unjustified”
By Rev. Cathy Corbin-Mannino
In our Pledge of Allegiance, “justice for all” is considered our American civil right. Not so with mercy. Only the one who is pardoned receives mercy. Is it fair to give mercy to the guilty?
We come together at 10:30 am each Sunday morning to shape and define what is of value and worth to us, and to sing, meditate, and share our lives with one another. Our services focus on topics of spiritual, social and current concerns. Our Worship is designed to meet the diversity of spiritual paths that are embraced within Unitarian Universalism. Sunday mornings offer a celebration of community, an intellectual challenge, and a deepening of the heart.
Our Sunday Services are varied and unique, but generally we have an opening piece of music followed by a welcome statement, then a call to worship. Next there is a time for church announcements, and that is often followed by a time for sharing brief personal joys and sorrows. Then we often sing a hymn, which is followed by a children’s story.
After the children’s story, our children usually leave the service to attend classes or play. After the children’s recessional we collect the weekly offering with musical accompaniment, and then the main speaker is introduced. The Minister or guest speaker delivers the sermon, and we conclude with another hymn followed by closing words and then a final musical postlude. After the service we usually have a light lunch, coffee, and refreshing conversation.
There is no dress code requirement for our church. Some folks wear blue jeans and a T-shirt, others wear shorts and a tank top, and a few dress more traditionally in a conservative style. Wear what you are comfortable in, and you will be welcomed!