Monica Jacobson Tennessen

Blessings

What does it mean to bless someone? Does it change anything? Come consider these questions, and say goodbye to Monica in her last service with UUCS.

Share the plate: Mid-Valley Literacy Center
Celebrant: Diana Nicholson-Nelson, Anchor: Laura Christian
Music: Cliff and Chere Pereira (Monica’s guests)

To Blossom [Mother’s Day]

We’ll weave together consideration of motherhood, spiritual growth, drumming, and the work of American Unitarian minister William Ellery Channing. Come see what all these elements contribute to the essential human work of becoming our best selves.
Share the plate: DACA Scholarships
Celebrant: Janet Stevens, Anchor: Sara Pickett
First service music: Aimee Amend and Ryan Amend
Second service music: UUCS Choir

Two Pockets

This morning we’ll look at wisdom from the Hasidic Jewish tradition and how those teachings can help us to be the people we’re called to be and to build a better world for all.

Share the plate: Kairos Community Lunch
Celebrant: Lana Driscoll, Anchor: Janet Stevens
Music both services: Guy Hallman, piano, Cathy Heithaus, violin, and Georgienne Young, cello

The Heart of Unitarian Universalism

In February, Monica traveled to a conference in Nepal called, “The Heart of Unitarianism and Unitarian Universalism.” What is at the heart of our faith, across many cultures?
Share the plate: Our Partner Church in Romania
Celebrant: Lennie Martin, Anchor: Laura Christian
First service music: Sara Greenleaf
Second service music: Kurleen Nowickas, performing African-American Spirituals

The Promise and Practice

Today we take part in a shared service focused on the voices and stories of black UUs from across the US. Joining with congregations in many places, we will contemplate this next chapter of the promise and the practice of our UU faith.

Share the plate: HOME Youth & Resource Center
Celebrant: Laura Christian, Anchor: David Jeffers
Music both services: Ted Cory

To Grow a Soul

A. Powell Davies said, “Life is just a chance to grow a soul.” The times we are living in now surely call for soul growth. We’ll examine that in this service, drawing on humor, literature, and music.
Share the plate: Salem Interfaith Hospitality Network (SIHN)
Celebrant: Steve Rosen, Anchor: Benjahmin Boschee
First service music: UUCS Choir
Second service music: Sara Greenleaf

Holy Ground

What does “holy ground” really mean? In this service, we’ll consider what “holy ground” has to offer us in the spheres of interfaith relationships, environmentalism, and making change for justice.
Share the plate: HOME Youth and Resource Center
Celebrant: Benjahmin Boschee, Anchor: David Jeffers
Second service music: UUCS Choir
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Three Impossible Things Before Breakfast

As UUs we tend to test our ideas and beliefs rigorously, or sometimes to choose to let the mystery be… Let’s examine what impossibilities might have meaning for us.
Share the plate: Oregon UU Voices For Justice
Celebrant: Gloria Holland, Anchor: Benjahmin Boschee
First service music: Ryan Amend and Aimee Larsen-Amend
Second service music: UUCS Choir

Question Box Sunday

Bring your questions! Intern Minister Monica will do her best to supply responses about life, religion, and more, from the bottom of her heart and off the top of her head.

Share the plate: Partner Church Fund
Celebrant: Lennie Martin, Anchor: David Gortner
Music both services: Ted Cory

Rain Means Abundance

As people of faith, we are always transforming ourselves in service of more truth, more love, and more justice in our world. Religious scholar Karen Armstrong talks about undertaking this transformation through regular “practices that are designed incrementally over the years to change your inner world.” This Sunday we’ll look at a few such practices.
Share the plate: Oregon Prison Project
Celebrant: David Jeffers, Anchor: LJ Frederickson
Music both services: David Gortner String Quartet
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