Rev. Erin Gingrich

Celebrating Our Shared Ministry with Rev. Stringer

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A special service to honor the conclusion of Rev. Mark’s ministry with our church. Everyone is invited to attend, enjoy some storytelling, a slideshow, a “charge” to us from Mark, and a ritual of “de-installation”. This is our final service with Rev. Mark, to celebrate 16 years of shared ministry, and to offer thanks and blessings for his future with the ACLU.

Ending with the Start

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In August of 2001, Rev. Mark Stringer delivered his first sermon as our settled minister. In that sermon, “Start with the Ending”, Mark spoke about the unique relationship of a minister to a congregation and reminded us that there would come a time when the relationship would, inevitably, end. For this Sunday, Mark’s last preaching in our auditorium as our senior minister, he will revisit the themes of that first sermon, believing that it may have wisdom that could be useful as the congregation prepares to welcome a new interim minister this fall. New members will be recognized at this service.

Annual Congregational Meeting at 11 am.

White Supremacy Teach-In

9:15 & 11:00 am; Celebrant: Martha Shen and Terry Meek
This Sunday we are answering the call of Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism and participating in a white supremacy teach-in. We will reflect on recognizing white supremacist culture, how it impacts us and what we can do about it. There will be no services in the auditorium and no forums; instead, as you enter you will be directed to a room for small group learning and sharing. If you have children, please take them directly to their classroom for their classes (PK-Gr5: Room 111; Gr6-8 (9:15am only): Rm 114). If you’d like to read about white supremacist culture ahead of time, please look at our church Facebook page for links.

Lost & Found

>>Click on the Sermon title to access YouTube link of the sermon.<< More of us are engaging in advocacy and social change in new ways, even as we feel overwhelmed and at times struggle with despair. We are simultaneously lost and found. As a people of risk, how can we sustain our stepping in while also living with the uncertainty of the outcomes we seek? How can we sustain engagement through our discomfort? How can we support one another in living at the intersection of lost and found?

Remaining Open in Groundless Times

>>Click on the Sermon title to access YouTube links of the sermon and celebrant reflection.<< Though we may not notice it, change is always happening- change in our relationships, our bodies, our communities. We see it clearly now in our government and church. How can we remain open in the midst of the uncertainty and anxiety that comes with "groundlessness"?

Prophetic Thresholds

9:15 & 11:00 am: Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Chris Paxson.

Let us bring in the New Year asking ourselves how we can more fully enter our lives and community. We will share in our annual tradition of passing through a threshold in this multi-generational service. The service is geared towards children 6 and up.

Showing Up

9:15 & 11:00 am: with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Garrett McGuire.

This month our theme asks what does it mean to be a community of presence. Join Rev. Erin and Hibo Jama, Director of Nisaa African Family Services, to consider how we might show up as a community of presence with our immigrant and Muslim neighbors.

Life After the Election

Watch the Video (YouTube link); Watch the Video of the Celebrant Reflection (YouTube link). >Trump’s bigotry is a pointed expression of many people’s feelings.  If Trump loses, as it seems he will, where will that anger and blame go after the election? What will happen when our nation’s first African American presidency is followed by … Continued

We Remember Them: A Festival of Remembrance Service

Watch the Video (YouTube link) > For this, our traditional end-of-October service of remembrance to honor those who have died and to celebrate the continuity of life, we will together create an altar adorned with items that we think would be beautiful to our departed loved ones. All who attend are encouraged to bring photos, … Continued

Sexual Healing

Watch the Video (YouTube link) > One in three women and one in four men are sexually violated at some point in their lives, with the majority of transgressions occurring before the age of 12. This means we have either experienced this ourselves or know someone who has. It also means we likely know perpetrators … Continued

Reflections on Learning

9:15 & 11:00 am: Rev. Erin will reflect on some of the ideas and books she is engaging during her study leave. Celebrant: Chancy Bittner

Flower Communion

9:15 & 11:00 am Flower communion is an annual multi-generational celebration of the many gifts we experience in community. Please bring a flower or two to the service, either picked or purchased, to share with others as a symbol of your unique presence in our community. We will hold our child dedication ceremony during the … Continued

Question Box Service

9:15 am ONLY It is our convention to have only one service on the day of our congregations annual meeting at 9:15. On this day, the sermon is replaced by a question box in which the congregation asks questions and one of the minsters responds. As Rev. Erin finishes her second year with our congregation, … Continued

Giving and Receiving

9:15 & 11 am: with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Carissa Fields UU minister Jaco ten Hove writes, “I may lift up and articulate well the principle of interdependence, but then live out of an exaggerated independence. To the extent that any of us are able to ask for help, we invite that life-giving spirit to … Continued

Love, No Matter What

9:15 & 11 am with Rev. Erin Gingrich. In preparation of becoming parents, Rev. Erin and her husband have been listening to a series of TED talks called “Advice to Help You Be a Great Parent”. What makes for great parenting of our own children or of those in our community?  With our monthly theme … Continued

We Are Because of Others

9:15 & 11 am: with Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrant: Patty Notch. People often say it is their desire for community rather than God that brings them to First Unitarian. What do we find in community that is of ultimate concern and meaning? What helps to make this happen? This month as we explore the theme … Continued

Creating Mercy

Watch the Video (YouTube link) Rev. Erin Gingrich; Celebrants: Terry Meek and Chris Paxson. Just Mercy, the UUA’s suggested all read book by Bryan Stevenson, details a lawyer’s extraordinary efforts to serve those unjustly condemned to life without parole or death. He strives for just mercy, as opposed to mercy, defining it as the kind … Continued

Resurrecting Ourselves

Watch the Video (YouTube link) Rev. Erin Gingrich, Celebrant: Carla Hicklin Easter offers us the spiritual themes of letting go into death so that we can be reborn through resurrection. What liberation might we experience in letting go and making space for something new in us to take form?