Summer Services 2022

All of the Murray Unitarian Universalist Church’s summer services are produced by the Religious Services Committee. Please note that all of the services except for 3 will be conducted on ZOOM only.

Sunday, June 26

Unitarian Universalist General Assembly Sunday Worship

LIVE-STREAMED 12:30-2 pm from Portland, Oregon

Join us online virtually for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship. The service will be live streamed on the General Assembly’s web site:  General Assembly 2022 Public Video |

Sunday, July 3

Harriet TubmanThe Underground Railroad Revisited

This Summer Service is by Monica Staaf            

Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery and risked her life and liberty multiple times to lead other enslaved people to freedom.   How can her courage inspire us to act today?

Worship is at 10 am Zoom only.

Sunday, July 10

Kermit the FrogThe Wisdom of Kermit the Frog

This Summer Service is by Donna Seagrave and Heidi Ferreira     

There’s more to Kermit the frog than just his cute greenness, wry sense of humor and singing and acting abilities. Kermit was a believer in his dreams and worked hard to achieve them, despite some considerable obstacles. He never stopped following his dreams for himself and for all the friends he brought along with him on the journey. Let us consider how important the belief in the dream is, by listening to the words of the frog himself!

Worship is at 10 am Zoom only.

Sunday, July 17

The 8th PrincipalSummer Service on the 8th Principle

This Summer Service is by Colleen DeGroot and Bruce Field

We Believe in the Beloved Community!

  • The proposed 8th Principle of Unitarian Universalism encourages us to fulfill the promise of building a diverse, multicultural Beloved Community.
  • How can we do this and more fully live into all that we believe?

Come hear about the 8th Principle, and why it is such an inspiration!

Worship is at 10 am Zoom only.

Sunday, July 24

Adventures in Genealogy

This Summer Service is by Charlie Adler

Charlie will share stories that he has uncovered about his ancestors, how genealogy has enriched his life, and tips about how to explore your own family history.

Worship is at 10 am Zoom only.

Sunday, July 31

Recognizing and Creating Moments

This Summer Service is by Marguerite MacLean

We all know there are moments – both good and bad — that happen in our lives that we remember for the rest of our lives and, in some cases, change the direction of our lives. Think graduations, weddings, birth of a child, divorce, loss of a loved one, retirement. This service will share ideas from the book, The Power of Moments, by Chip and Dan Heath, to help you explore how to recognize and create powerful moments in your own life.

Worship is 10 am, In-Person Only, in the sanctuary

Sunday, August 7

Willful Forgetting

This Summer Service is by Len Yutkins

Does remembering too much of the past prevent us from living in the present?

Worship is at 10 am Zoom only.

Sunday, August 14

Why I Joined Murray UU Church

This Summer Service is by Liz Kenyon and others

Many of us were raised with spiritual practices other than Universal Unitarianism.

Worship is at 10 am Zoom only.

Sunday, August 21

Heaven it is!

This Summer Service is by Heidi Ferreira and Monica Staaf

There are so many questions about what heaven is. What does it look like? Some might not believe there is a heaven at all. Others need to believe heaven exists. The truth is, we really don’t know. This service explores heaven and the various beliefs that surround it.

Worship is at 10 am Zoom only.

Sunday, August 28

Blessing of the Animals

This Summer Service is by Ruth Debrot and Randy Larrivee 

Join us for a live, outdoor ceremony to give thanks and bless the companions in our lives—leashed or crated cats and dogs, birds and chickens, turtles and fish, horses, and so much more! We will acknowledge the ways that human lives are made fuller and richer by the creatures that inhabit the Earth with us. Feel free to bring your pets, photos of pets, and stuffed animals.

Worship is at 10 am, In-Person Only, Outside

Sunday, September 4

Back to School: Teachers

This Summer Service is by David Calusdian and Sheila Jacobs

The start of the new school year brings hope, excitement, and perhaps some jitters.  Members of the congregation, youth, and children will be invited to share back-to-school rituals, advice, and memories of favorite and/or influential teachers.   School teachers, including retirees, will be recognized at this service.

Worship is at 10 am Zoom only.

Sunday, September 12  

Regular worship resumes with the Water Communion Ingathering by Rev. Gretchen Weis.

Collect water from your summer adventures and bring it with you to share.

Worship is at 10 am in the sanctuary

If you prefer — or if you are feeling sick — please log on to Zoom from the comfort and safety of your own home to be a part of our worship experience.

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