A Workshop with Rev. Antonia Won (CUC Congregational Services, Western Region)
Sponsored by the Sunday Services Committee
Saturday, March 2nd, 9:30am to 12 noon at UCS
** Join us for breakfast at 9 am**
Back in September, Rev. Karen preached about open source theology, how in Unitarian congregations we try to open up the “source codes” of theology and philosophy so that individuals are able to “build their own theology” (in the words of a famous UU curriculum).
What would it be like to be a part of a congregation-wide conversation about resilience, or forgiveness, whether you are attending Sunday services, volunteering in Children’s religious education classes, or attending a committee meeting?
Several UU congregations in Canada and the United States are using themes as a way to focus and deepen services, create more opportunities for exploration, and connect people across the congregation.
We have already been doing this, in a small way, with the monthly services that pick up a theme from the Children’s Programming. Thematic ministry is like this, but on a bigger scale. The congregation chooses a theme for each month of the program year and then worship services, newsletter columns and other programs explore it from a variety of vantage points.
Many congregations have monthly small groups where members and friends can engage more personally with the theme. There may be materials available with readings, personal reflections, and poems, as well as suggested books to read, movies to watch and activities to try out. Committees might choose readings from this package as their chalice lighting for the month.
Join Sunday Services, Children’s Religious Education and Lifespan Learning committee members as we explore thematic ministry to see if it might be a good fit for UCS.
All are welcome—your input is valued!
Please RSVP to tessera email@example.com or 306-653-2402. Childcare is available–please include names of children in your RSVP.
Rev. Antonia Won. Antonia (pronounced “anta-KNEE-ah”) is the CUC staff person leading congregational development in the Western Region and BC.