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2021-22 Theme: Living Our UU Principles

2020-21 Theme: Forward Motion

2019-20 Theme: Drawing on Our Sources

The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:

We speak a LOT about our 7 UU Principles – not nearly so much about our 6 UU Sources. In 2019-20, as we build toward a thriving future, our Worship focus will be the Sources we draw from … for strength, for wisdom, for comfort … and so much more.

  • 1. September: Celebrating our UU Sources
  • 2. October: #1 Direct Experience
  • 3. November: #2 Prophetic People
  • 4. December: Experiencing our Sources
  • 5. January: #4 Jewish & Christian Teachings
  • 6. February: Sources of Service
  • 7. March: #3 World Religions
  • 8. April: #5 Humanist Teachings
  • 9. May: #6 Earth-Centred Traditions
  • 10. June: Sources of Celebration

Six Sources

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life
  • Words and deeds of prophetic people* which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love; *edited for inclusive language
  • Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbours as ourselves
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit
  • Spiritual teachings of Earth-centred traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature

2018-19 Theme: Seasons of Change

2017-18 Theme: Candle Affirmation

We’re going to make a deeper study of our beloved Candle Affirmation:

– May the light of these candles inspire us to use our power
– To heal and not to harm, to help and not to hinder
– To serve the spirit of truth in loving affection and trusting hope

Embracing Our Affirmation

  • September – affirmation
  • October – light
  • November – inspire us
  • December – use our power
  • January – heal & not harm
  • February – help & not hinder
  • March – serve
  • April – spirit of truth
  • May – loving affection
  • June – trusting hope

2017-18 Theme: Candle Affirmation

  • September: Invitation
  • October: Blessing
  • November: Letting Go
  • December: Expectation
  • January: Creation
  • February: Love & Justice
  • March: Simplicity
  • April: Resistance
  • May: Compassion
  • June: Growth

2015-16 Theme: Building Bridges

2014-15 Theme: Compassionate Community

Inspired by our Westwood Purpose Statement – we explored what it means to be a Compassionate Community

  • September: Compassionate Beginning
  • October: Compassionate Commerce
  • November: Compassionate Rhythms
  • December: Compassionate Conscience
  • January: Compassionate Exploration
  • February: Compassionate Living
  • March: Compassionate Creativity
  • April: Compassionate Growth
  • May: Compassionate Freedom
  • June: Compassionate Endings

2013-14 Theme: Living Our UU Purposes and Principles

Over the course of the year we became more familiar with our 7 Unitarian Universalist principles and how they are, or could be, reflected in our daily lives.


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