Rev. Jennifer Brooks

River of Life

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Each September, we celebrate our “ingathering” as a community and reaffirm our covenant as people committed to transformation of our own lives and the life of the world. In this service, we use water, the source of human life, as a symbol of our interconnectedness to all living beings. All life emerged from water; all life requires it; and the water cycle, from rain to rivers to oceans to clouds to rain, is a continuing reminder of the cycle of life. In today’s service, we reflect on our passage along the River of Life and the ways we restore our hearts, minds, and spirits through life’s challenges and changes. Just as water buoys us up, this community supports and sustains us during our life’s journey. Together we covenant, and together we renew, our life together.

Beginning Again

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As First Unitarian embarks on a two-year transition between settled Senior Ministers, we have the opportunity to reflect on the way that each ending is also a beginning. It’s as true in our individual lives as it is in our congregational life. This Sunday, our Interim Senior Minister gives us a glimpse of our beloved community’s road ahead during this transition—along with some reflections on personal transitions, and the challenges and opportunities that are part of any change.