AUGUST SERVICES

August 6 ~ "The Form and Intent of Prayer:  Lessons from Shakespeare"

Speaker:  Miriam Kerzner

Miriam will talk about the way in which dealing with a set text can both hinder and help the spiritual/philosophical journey.

Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician:  Mike and Shannon

August 13 ~ “Creation Spirituality”

Speaker:  The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.

Bob Pederson intrigued me July 23rd with his presentation to us of “Genesis as Literature.” I will share my take on “Creation Spirit-uality.” Biblical stories, the human religious heritage, scientific accomplishments and inquiry, and ethics are vital to Matthew Fox’s teachings as the founder of “Creation Spirituality.” His work is a resource of honor.

Worship Associate:  Alex Emig
Musician:  Fran Handy

August 23 ~ "Obedience to Authority"


Speaker:  Donna Brown

A new look at the famous experiments of Stanley Milgram and their relevance to issues of today, Worship Associate:  Virginia Tomlinson

Musician:  Ellen Fillion

August 27 ~ "Mingling of Waters"

Speaker:  The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min. and CUUC members

Our annual coming together from the different pace of summer.  Bring water that represents your summer experiences for min-gling with water from others. (Magic water is allowed).

Worship Associate:  Alex Emig
Musician:   Ellen Fillion


JULY SERVICES

July 2 ~ "Three Legged Stool"

Speaker: Mike Truex

We’ll explore three ways for being that could be useful to consider.

Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike and Shannon

July 9 ~ "Covenants"

Speaker: The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.

A consideration of the promises we make to one another, close and far.

Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musicians: Mike and Shannon

July 16 ~ "Unities and Universals"

Speaker: The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.

I will be reflecting on Clarence Skinner’s ideas about a post-sectarian world.

Worship Associate: Virginia Tomlinson
Musician: Fran Handy

July 23 ~ "Genesis as Literature "

Speaker: Bob Pedersen

What do the serpent, Cain, and humanity before and shortly after the flood have in common? Reading the early Genesis stories as works of literature re-veals profound insights into the characters, plots, and themes. Bob Pedersen, Associate Professor of English at Columbia Basin College, will present a lesson on the first four stories in Genesis 2-11. Examination of the literary elements can deepen one’s understanding and appreciation of well-known stories from the Old Testament.

Worship Associate: Virginia Tomlinson
Musician: Sandra Rosenau

July 30 ~ "Time for Music"

Speaker: CUUC Members

Today, we let music fill the air

Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike and Shannon


JUNE SERVICES

June 4 ~ "Mysticism for Skeptics"

Speaker: The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.

Some thoughts and feelings on possible spiritual options for contrarians.

Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Mike and Shannon

June 11 ~ "Getting Serious About Unitarian Universalism"

Speaker: Alex Emig

Today, we'll explore what it really means to be a Unitarian Universalist.

Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Fran Handy

June 18 ~ "Freethinker Guest"

Speaker: Jennifer Goulet

Jennifer is a member of the Freethinkers and will share some of her perspectives today.

Worship Associate: Donna Brown
Musician: Ellen Fillion

June 25 ~ "Universalism in the South"

Speaker: Peggy Owens Mansfield

Peggy Owens-Mansfield will share memories of child-hood and young adulthood in the Mississippi Bible Belt as a Universalist. She will talk about her 100+ year old church, some older members, and the prejudice she and others encountered.

Worship Associate: Virginia Tomlinson
Musician: Ellen Fillion


MAY SERVICES

May 7 ~ "Prayer: Useless or Vital?"

Speaker: The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.

In a post-religious world is there any place for prayer? Some definitions of and some wondering about the concept of prayer.

Worship Associate: Mike Truex
Musician: Ellen Fillion

May 14 ~ "Words Can Hurt and Heal"

Speaker: Virginia Tomlinson

In this service, we’ll look at the impact our communica-tion can have on others, and how we can use language to acknowledge the worth and dignity of all.

Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Ellen Fillion

May 21 ~ "Dystopian Fatigue"

Speaker: The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.

Tired of death and doom portrayals? Is the predomi-nance of dire and hopeless images prophecy?

Worship Associate: Donna Brown
Musician: CUUC Choir

May 28 ~ "This I Believe"

Speaker: CUUC Members

Today, a few church members will share how they re-spond to an opportunity to say "This I Believe …"

Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician: Mike and Shannon


APRIL SERVICES

April 2 ~ "Candles and Mirrors"  

Speaker:  The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.

Reflections on UU ministry for our times for ‘called’ professionals and everyone within our spiritual communities. Notions including ideas on language, covenants, and mission. 

Worship Associate:  Mike Truex
Musician:  Ellen Fillion
 
April 9 ~ "A Sense of Place"

Speaker:  Pauline Schafer

Having a strong sense of place keeps our feet on the ground, our hearts engaged, and guides the work of our hands. This interactive service for all ages will help us define our connection to the land as a community.

Worship Associate:  Alex Emig
Musician:  Mike and Shannon

April 16 ~ "On Varied Easters: Resurrections Reconsidered"

Speaker: The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.

Christendom embraces the Spring high holy day of ‘Easter’ as a miracle that defies established science. Is there really anything there other than magical delusion?

Worship Associate: Donna Brown 
 Musician:  Ellen Fillion and the CUUC Choir
 
April 23 ~ "An Overview of World Relief Tri-Cities"

Speaker:   Scott Michael

Scott Michael will share about refugee resettlement and efforts to help them toward self-sufficiency in the Tri-Cities.

Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician:  Mike and Shannon
 
April 30 ~ "Being Unitarian Universalist in These Times "

Speaker:   Rev. Tandi Rogers

The veil has been lifted on many painful truths this year and Rev. Tandi Rogers believes that we are made for these times.  We have spiritual practices and traditions that hold and inspire us to be bold forces for love and justice in the world.  Come get your spiritual well filled!!

Worship Associate: Virginia Tomlinson 
Musician:  Ellen Fillion

 
 MARCH SERVICES

March 5 ~ "Making Meaning: The Creative Journey"  

Speaker:  Maureen McQuery 

Humans are wired to search for meaning, but discovering meaning doesn’t come easily. How do we find meaning through creativity in a disordered world? Maureen will discuss three truths she has discovered on her own journey: stories matter, there will always be a wilderness, and transformation is the point. 
Worship Associate:  Donna Brown 

Musician:  Ellen Fillion

March 12 ~ "The Rise of the Feminine "

Speaker:  Shannon Hays-Truex, Gayle Wilde, and Heidi Hill 

The Women’s March on Washington expressed not only the power of women, but embraced intersections of oppression.  Join us as we explore how the sacred feminine can help us create a better world.

Worship Associate:  Mike Truex 
Musician:  Mike and Shannon

March 19 ~ "On Working New Ground: Transformations"

Speaker: The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min. 

Are that qualities, aspects or change that can be consider transformational spiritually and morally?

Worship Associate: Virginia Tomlinson 
Musician:  Ellen Fillion and the CUUC Choir

March 26 ~ "Headed for a Train Wreck: When Faith and Choice Collide”

Speaker: Rev. Vincent Lachina, Planned Parenthood Chaplain

People ask, “How can you be a minister and support abortion?” It’s a question that is asked of every minister or rabbi who supports Planned Parenthood. Rev. Lachina will share his journey as a Southern Baptist minister who became the Chaplain of Planned Parenthood.

Worship Associate: Alex Emig 
Musician:  Mike and Shannon  


FEBRUARY SERVICES

February 5 ~ "Least Last Truth"  

Speaker:  The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.

Some considerations of compelling 'truths' that are not contradicted by easy 'alternative facts.'

Worship Associate:  Virginia Tomlinson
Musician:  Mike and Shannon

"Souper Sunday" follows our service; please bring a dish to share.

February 12 ~ "Embracing the Needs of our Sisters and Brothers Toward Self-Empowerment!"

Speaker: ANSIL Team

How do we accept responsibility to be a change agent for social and economic justice while honoring those who've been under-represented, dismissed and discounted? Let's explore opportunities to be in community with those in need.

Worship Associate:  Alex Emig
Musician:  Ellen Fillion

February 19 ~ "Principles in Action: Protecting Water"

Speaker:  Sandra Rosenau

Can you translate Mni Wiconi?  Have you heard of The Black Snake?  Do you know what a mancamp is?  Sandra will be sharing what she learned at the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the DAPL pipeline, and relating the protest to our UU principles.

Worship Associate: Alex Emig
Musician:  CUUC Choir

February 26 ~ "Love Will Guide Us: Tangible Tools for Trying Times"

Speaker:  Bobi Wilson

Life events, whether fun or challenging, help us grow - if we open ourselves to the lessons.  Politics, health or life choices, how might we use these lessons to build a better life and a better world?

Worship Associate:  Shannon Hays-Truex
Musician:  Ellen Fillion


JANUARY SERVICES

January 1 ~ "Can Looking Backward & Forward Disorient?"  

Speaker: Rev. Doak M. Mansfield 

Irreverent Reflections on another January, another year. Interactive, dialog sermon with congregant’s participation.

Worship Associates: Alex Emig and Virginia Tomlinson

"Souper Sunday" follows our service; please bring a dish to share.

January 8 ~ "Principles in Action: Protecting Water"

Speaker:  Sandra Rosenau

Can you translate Mni Wiconi? Have you heard of The Black Snake?  Do you know what a mancamp is? If you have an interest in the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the DAPL pipeline, Sandra will be sharing what she learned and relating the protest to our UU principles.

Worship Associate: Alex Emig

Musician:  Ellen Fillion

January 15 ~ "Are non-violent protests ideals out of fashion?"

Speaker: The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.

Can King, Gandhi, Betty Williams, and Chavez ideals be repurposed?

Worship Associate: Mike Truex

Musician: CUUC Choir 

January 22 ~ "The Tyranny of Ego and the Promise of Spirit"

Speaker:  Allen Johnson

Allen Johnson, author and psychologist, will explore to what extent narcissism is on the rise, and empathy is on the decline in our culture. He will offer suggestions to counter that trend--to help maintain a sense of community in a world where self-interests and partisan politics seems to be growing exponentially.

Worship Associate:  Donna Brown

Musician:  Mike and Shannon

January 29 ~ "Spiritual Significance of a Heart Transplant"

Speaker:  The Reverend Doak M. Mansfield, D.Min.

An early message on heart matters: more than you care to know about Doak’s heart transplant in 2010 and the so what.

Worship Associate:  Virginia Tomlinson

Musician:  Ellen Fillion


Past Year's Services