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Worship Services

During the public health crisis we have moved our worship services online, and are conducting them together with our sister congregation, the Mattatuck Unitarian Universalist Society (MUUS) in Woodbury, Connecticut.  You can see our live stream every Sunday morning at 10:30 AM.  We begin the stream 10 minutes before the service starts to give everybody a chance to connect. 

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YOUTUBE

You can access our live stream on Sunday at 10:30 AM as well as watch prior services on our YouTube Channel

go.uumeriden.org/services

FACEBOOK

We Live Stream our service on Facebook as well where you can join the online community during the service and in watch-parties set up by other members.

facebook.com/uumeriden/live

Worship Theme for October – “Deep Listening”

October 11th
10:30 AM

“Listening to Your Heart” 

 

We make choices literally every minute of every day. Some choices are easy, some more challenging. When we listen to our hearts, our seat of wisdom, we are guided to make the right choice that’s best for us. How do we listen to what our hearts are telling us?  In this month’s theme of Deep Listening, join Lynne Grobsky in exploring the sacred importance of listening to our hearts.

 

Ministerial Intern, MUUS

Lynne Grobsky

Ministerial Intern, MUUS
Worship Leader

Watch on Youtube *

 

* Live video begins streaming 10 minutes prior to service.

 

PREVIOUS SERVICES

DESCRIPTIONS AND LINKS TO RECORDINGS OF RECENT ONLINE SERVICES

October 4th
10:30 AM

“Listening to Your Heart” 

 

We make choices literally every minute of every day. Some choices are easy, some more challenging. When we listen to our hearts, our seat of wisdom, we are guided to make the right choice that’s best for us. How do we listen to what our hearts are telling us?  In this month’s theme of Deep Listening, join Lynne Grobsky in exploring the sacred importance of listening to our hearts.

 

Ministerial Intern, MUUS

Lynne Grobsky

Ministerial Intern, MUUS
Worship Leader

Watch on Youtube *

 

* Live video begins streaming 10 minutes prior to service.

September 20th
10:30 AM

“Sabbath as Resistance” 

 

Rev. Tony Lorenzen discusses ways in which the origin of the Jewish Sabbath is connected to resisting exploitation. Rest is an act of revolutionary resistance to evil power structures. 

 

a photo of our minister Tony Lorenzen

Rev. Tony Lorenzen

Minister, UUMeriden and MUUS
Worship Leader

Watch on Youtube *

 

* Live video begins streaming 10 minutes prior to service.

September 13th
10:30 AM

“Just Like Starting Over” 

Just Like Starting Over”  Rev. Tony Lorenzen reflects on the importance of periodically taking stock of relationships and recommitting to them. He discusses personal relationships, church covenants, agreements between congregations, and the social contract of a democratic society. We celebrate a covenant renewal and water ceremony.  Stay tuned for special instructions.

a photo of our minister Tony Lorenzen

Rev. Tony Lorenzen

Minister, UUMeriden and MUUS
Worship Leader

Watch on Youtube *

 

* Live video begins streaming 10 minutes prior to service.

September 6th
10:30 AM

“Renewal and Rebirth Through Letting Go”

Part of being human is having expectations. We have behavioral expectations for our children, our partners, our friends. We have expectations about what we want to happen in our lives. Buddhism teaches that having expectations leads to suffering. Maybe we think our partner isn’t doing enough, or isn’t listening, or is annoying. How do we let go of expectation and judgement? Let’s explore this together.

 

 

Lynne Grobsky

Ministerial Intern, MUUS

Watch on Youtube *

 

* Live video begins streaming 10 minutes prior to service.

August 30th
10:30 AM

“UU the Vote”

Led by the MUUS and UUMeriden Social Justice Councils, this service addresses the importance of making sure every voice is heard in what may be one of the most critical elections in our history.  Our guest speaker is Samuel Prince, a former UUMeriden member, now a Board Member of Black Lives UU, Chair of Unitarian Universalist Justice Ohio, and a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Akron.

Samuel Prince

Guest Speaker

Watch on Youtube *

 

* Live video begins streaming 10 minutes prior to service.

August 23rd
10:30 AM

“Back to School”

Rev. Tony Lorenzen  

a photo of our minister Tony Lorenzen

Rev. Tony Lorenzen

Minister, UUMeriden and MUUS
Worship Leader

Watch on Youtube *

 

* Live video begins streaming 10 minutes prior to service.

August 16th
10:30 AM

“A Tunnel?  We’re In a Tunnel?”

How to see light at the end of the tunnel, if we lose sight of the tunnel?   Rev. Jan reflects on UUMeriden’s role as a Sanctuary Congregation – a seemingly never ending tunnel . . .  that had some very meaningful light at the end.  What can real emergence look like?

Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull

 Retired Minister, UUMeriden
Worship Leader

August 2nd
10:30 AM

“Becoming Who We Are”

 My whole self is not the same as it was a 40 years ago, 10 years ago, 10 minutes ago. So who am I? Who are you? How do we recognize ourselves over time? In ways we cannot anticipate, we are becoming who we are.

Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull

 Retired Minister, UUMeriden
Worship Leader

July 26th
10:30 AM

“When Southbury Said ‘No’ to the Nazis”

Ed will share the journey of this story from obscurity to being a pivotal part of a major exhibit at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum where its message and meaning has been shared with thousands.

Ed Edelson

 MUUS
Worship Leader

July 19th
10:30 AM

“White, Like Me”

Rev. Tony Lorenzen shares stories from his personal history of waking up white and the lessons he’s learned so far about racism and white supremacy culture.

a photo of our minister Tony Lorenzen

Rev. Tony Lorenzen

Minister, UUMeriden and MUUS
Worship Leader

July 12th
10:30 AM

“The Real Dangers of Universalism”

Where can we find hope in these times, and how can we live into that hope?

Sierra-Marie Gerfao, MDiv

Guest Speaker

View Recorded Service

 

* Live video begins streaming 10 minutes prior to service.

July 5th
10:30 AM

“What Song to Sing?”

Rev. Tony Lorenzen reflects on the 4th of July, whitewashed patriotic songs, and what we might sing instead.

a photo of our minister Tony Lorenzen

Rev. Tony Lorenzen

Minister, UUMeriden and MUUS
Worship Leader

View Recorded Service

 

* Live video begins streaming 10 minutes prior to service.

 

MORE PRIOR SERVICES ON OUR YOUTUBE PLAYLIST

 

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