HELP WANTED with Lay-led Services July 19 – August 16

Informational meeting THIS SUNDAY, July 5 on Zoom. More details below…

This I Commit My Heart To…
During the time between the departure of the troika and the arrival  of our new minister, the Worship Arts Ministry Team is planning lay led worship services and we need help from our beloved community.

These are challenging times. We know that UU’s have a wide variety of beliefs with our 3rd and 4th principles encouraging us to support each other in our search for truth and meaning. We are inviting our members and friends to engage in the sometimes difficult task of refining our own beliefs; to look deeply into the things we commit our hearts and actions to, and to practice speaking respectfully and developing respect for beliefs different from our own.

We encourage members and friends of UUCM, who are willing, to speak at an upcoming one of the upcoming lay led services about what they believe and commit their hearts to and how that impacts the beloved community.

On July 5, there will be a Zoom meeting to answer questions and talk with anyone who is interested in speaking. Please contact Kelly Bertenshaw, chair of the UUCM Worship Arts Ministry team, with any questions or to request the Zoom meeting ID. Kelly is also able to make alternative arrangements for those who are interested in speaking but unable to attend the informational session on July 5.

The available Sunday’s are July 19, 26 and August  2, 9 and 16. Questions to help you reflect and guidelines to help you prepare are offered below:

Questions to help you reflect:

  • What idea, concept, object or philosophy do you think is the most valuable in your life right now? 
  • What makes you feel hopeful? 
  • Do you have a purpose you’re called toward? 
  • What obstacles, mistakes or regrets do you have regarding your beliefs and actions? 
  • What do you need other people to help you with or who do you depend on to support your beliefs or actions?

Guidelines to help you prepare:

Speak from love with respect for one another using our principles: Remember the worth and dignity of all people; justice, equity and compassion; and the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.

Be brief: Your speaking time should be limited to 7 to 10 minutes. Try practicing what you will say aloud several times, and each time edit it and simplify it if needed to fit the time limit,

Be personal: Speak in the first person not in generalizations.

Name your belief and how it affects your behavior: Think about the “elevator speech/credo” our youth prepare. Rather than writing a list, consider focusing on one core belief. Talk about how your belief impacts your daily life.

Be positive: Say what you do believe and act on, not what you don’t believe. Avoid statements of religious dogma, preaching, or editorializing.

Tell a story: Your story need not be heart-warming or gut-wrenching—it can even be funny— but it should be real. Consider moments when your belief or actions were formed, tested, or changed. Talk about how your story ties to the shaping of your beliefs and whenever possible to how it shapes the way you live your life.

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