Past Services

Sing Me Awake

Sunday, August 12th, 2018
Janet Joseph
How do we wake up to the joy that is already around us? How can we experience it and hone it and enjoy it when there is so much pain in the world? Come let us be joyful. Janet Joseph will read the words of Rev. Victoria Safford's sermon "Sing Me Awake."

Martin and Judy Grow Up

Sunday, August 5th, 2018
Elizabeth Mount
Martin and Judy were the pair of "typical UU" children created by Sophia Lyons Fahs to teach Unitarian Universalist values to children, shaping the early merged UU religious education landscape. As a religion without a single common theology or creed, what are we teaching to our children of the past and future, and how does that shape those raised in our faith? What does this mean for the religion we are building for the future? How does it teach us to be together as a church?

Vulnerable Generosity

Sunday, July 29th, 2018
Aaron Handeslman
Aaron is a spiritual director who works with people to become more vulnerable. He says that there is a contradiction with a world that asks people to be both stoic and generous. Vulnerability is one of the greatest gifts you an give another person. In being vulnerable you share your true self and invite theirs. What better gift could we give?

To Choose Life

Sunday, July 22nd, 2018
Rev. Karen McFarland
n a very dangerous world, we are called to choose between life and death every day. As the Hebrew Bible says: “I call heaven and earth to record this day to your account, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore, choose life, that both you and your seed shall live.” Deut. 30:19
What does this look like in an every day setting? How do we maintain our spirits and even celebrate our lives as we work to combat evil and injustice? How do we experience joy and continue to stage resistance at the same time? Is it right to feel peace and joy when others are suffering?
We live in an extraordinary moment on Earth. A perilous one as well. Come be together to celebrate our joy and share our pain. Let’s choose to bless the world today.

Continued Abolition

Sunday, July 15th, 2018
Kathy Maitland
Dr. Charles Jacobs, President, American Anti-Slavery Group,called Unitarian Universalism “the Abolitionist church.” He pointed out that UU history is one of dedication to abolitionism. He also said that there are more people in slavery today than ever before, only it doesn't look like chattel slavery. Human Trafficking is one of the most common forms of modern slavery and it is an industry that is growing. Join Kathy Maitland of the Human Abolition Project, as she enlightens us, informs us, and shows us how we can live our UU values in the world.

General Assembly Service

Sunday, July 8th, 2018
Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray
A powerful, communal worship experience will take place at the Kansas City Convention Center as part of General Assembly, the largest convening of Unitarian Universliasts in the world. Our own Autumn Mahoney will edit a recorded version of with worship to inspire us and connect us the UU's around the world.

The Science of Awe

Sunday, July 1st, 2018
Rev. Julie Brock
Science is confirming what religion has known for many centuries. From Psychology Today: Recent studies exploring this complex emotion have discovered compelling connections between the experience of awe and enhanced critical and creative thinking faculties, improved health, a sense of embeddedness into collective folds and an increase in pro-social behaviors such as kindness, self-sacrifice, co-operation and resource-sharing. Awe is also one of the few emotions that can reconfigure our sense of time and immerse us in the present moment.

Desmond and the Very Mean Word

Sunday, June 24th, 2018
Children's Pagent
The CUUB children will perform a puppet play based on Archbishop Desmond Tutu's children's book "Desmond and the Very Mean Word." We will also welcome new members today!

Compassionate Choices

Sunday, June 17th, 2018
Bethany Westick
On of our most difficult human tasks is say goodbye to our loved ones. This weekend, Julia Capra of Arbor Hospice, will talk about how to come to terms with our loved one's mortality and surround our loved ones with love and dignity as they leave the world.

Youth Bridging Service

Sunday, June 10th, 2018
CUUB Community
As is the tradition of Unitarian Universalism, we will ritually celebrate the transition of our graduating youth members from youth to adulthood. We call this ceremony bridging. I bridge symbolizes a pathway forward, and a safe way back home. May we honor both in lives of our graduating youth.

Imagine If

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018
Danielle Lindstrom
As Unitarian Universalists, we are a people of imagination. We are creating together a dream and a vision, a way forward into what we believe the world can be. How can our imagination encourage us to not only imagine a different world, but help us make it a reality?

“Gifts From Our Ancestors: A Different Kind of Memorial Day”

Sunday, May 27th, 2018
Rev. Karen McFarland
It is a truism that we are not in this alone. We got here with the help of our ancestors, including the four legged and the winged. Today we will look at what those gifts might be and how they enhance our lives. How do we remember them and honor them? How do we move forward with respect and gratitude?

The Journey Part II

Sunday, May 20th, 2018
Bob Duman
The estimable Bob Duman continues his tale of reforming the North American Monastic movement.

Flower Communion

Sunday, May 13th, 2018
Rev. Julie Brock
Flower communion is a traditional Unitarian Universalists celebration of community. Each member brings a flower and we create a bouquet as unique and beautiful as our community. Please bring a flower that represents you and the gifts, talents, and presence our community enjoys by virtue of your presence.

The Creative Encouter

Sunday, May 6th, 2018
Rev. Julie Brock
Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman talked about a "creative encounter" when a human spirit was faced with something it couldn't reconcile, and so had to grown and change. Lenard Cohen and Rumi both talk about the light getting in through the cracks, and clinical physiologists are now studying a phenomenon call post traumatic growth disorder. What is it about the human spirit that is called to grow in the darkest nights of our soul? Why are we sometimes better after we are broken. How can we help ourselves to find beauty and that growth? Come to church to find out!

Unitarianism in the Philippians

Sunday, April 29th, 2018
Phillip Carr
The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Philippines (UUCP) is headquartered in Dumaguete City on the island of Negros. There are 29 UU churches in the Philippines that are part of the UUCP. Member Phillip Carr has had many experiences with UU churches in the Philippians and he will speak to us about those experiences. Come learn what our faith looks like in other places!

Julie Brock Ordination

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
First UU Detroit & CUUB
You are invited to join the First Unitarian-Universalist Church of Detroit and Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton as we co-ordain Julie Brock in the UU Detroit Sanctuary.
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World Vision Kits

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018
CUUB Spiritual Exploration Team
World Vision Kit programs provide groups of all sizes with a hands-on activity designed to help those in greatest need. CUUB SE and Social Justice programs have joined forces and raised over $1,600 to assemble hygiene kits to those who are experiencing homelessness due to poverty or natural disaster. Come to server to learn and help!

Cancelled due to Weather!

Sunday, April 15th, 2018
Today's service is cancelled due to the weather. Stay home, stay safe.

Emerging Michigan Healthcare

Sunday, April 8th, 2018
Julia Pulver and Julie Brock
Single payer healthcare has been proposed and denied at a federal level since at least the 1990's. Last year, we heard how single payer healthcare corresponds with UU principles. So how do we get there? Many young politicians are attempting to introduce single payer healthcare at the state level. Julia Pulver will talk to us about her ideas for how this could work.

Before the Resurrection

Sunday, April 1st, 2018
Pastor Julie Brock
Did you know that the Christian Church was not clear on the concept of Resurrection until about 1000 years ago? What do they do all that time? Come to church this Easter morning. We will not only learn, but experience!

Feeling Logical

Sunday, March 25th, 2018
Pastor Julie Brock
We are the tradition of logic and reason. It seems like every reformation in Unitarian history has been to move spirituality to a place that makes more sense. In doing so, we may have moved away from the deep places of knowing in our body that tell us things we can't appreciate logically. There has been a recent shift to adjust for this movement. But, just as there was a movement away from anything emotional in the 20th century, the 21st century seems to be bringing Unitarian Universalism into a place where emotion is privileged above fact and reason. Is there a balance? Can we find it? Let's try. I'll see you in church.

Reproductive Justice

Sunday, March 18th, 2018
Jenny Byer
The Organizer of Ally Relationships for Mothering Justice, Jenny Byer, will deliver a sermon about building an interfaith, multi-racial coalition for reproductive justice that centers the leadership and issues of our most impacted communities, women of color, and how white allies and accomplices can show up to protect the rights of our communities.

Beyond #metto adding nuance to justice

Sunday, March 11th, 2018
Julie Brock
Ever since human being have decided that we owe it to one another to create and helpful and fair society, we have been engaged in a discussion of how to do that well. How do we balance victimhood vs. agency when determining societal aid? In light of the recent #metoo campaign and victims taking agency into their own hands, perhaps it is time to think about aid, not in terms of helping victims, but returning humans to the dignity that our faith believes is their birthright. Come to church and let us find balance and nuance in our complicated role as humans in a society.

Experiencing Balance

Sunday, March 4th, 2018
Pastor Julie Brock
The theme of the month is balance. We will be asking ourselves, what does it mean to be a people of balance? The idea of balance is that we are giving equal weight to opposing forces, creating stability. It sounds so simple. But our world is rarely simple and sometimes thinking of things as two clear opposing forces takes some of the nuance and complication that is needed to see a situation clearly. What if you are partly right, but they have a point to. Come let us explore balance, nuance, mess, and our very complicated human selves as we worship together.

CUUB Youth Service

Sunday, February 25th, 2018
Beth Havlik and CUUB Youth
Young people are growing up in a world where sexual orientation is more fluid. They are also not as confined by the gender binary. Come join CUUB youth as they put on the service about who we love and how we orient those feelings in relationship to gender. We have a lot to learn from them.

Zen Service

Sunday, February 18th, 2018
Hyoko Joshua
Priest of Thunder Drum Zen of Ann Arbor will discuss how daily spiritual practices are integral to realization of dreams and intentions of a loving community such as CUUB. He will also lead us through a Zazen Buddhist meditation.

Walking Up The Stairway at Night

Sunday, February 11th, 2018
Rev. D Charles Davis
Life brings Uncertainty, Sometimes we take risk and we do not know the outcome. Paul of Tarsus wrote that faith is the substance of things hoped for. What helps you step towards your hopes?

Rev. Davis is a native of Michigan currently serving The UU Church of Tippecanoe County in Indiana. He and his wife Gail have presented musical worship services in over 20 UU congregations.

Exploring Perseverance

Sunday, February 4th, 2018
Julie Brock
The theme of the month is perseverance. What does it mean to be a people of perseverance? What do we need in order to keep moving and archive our goals? Thinking of the great and deep needs of the world can be a daunting prospect, an impossible thing to fill. On one's own, this is true. No one person can even their own needs fully. Now think of the resources you have, think of what you personally can give. Think of all the resources in your family. Think of everything your various communities have to offer. We have what we need to fulfill our goals if we all decide together to prioritize the people, communities, actions, and commitments that uphold our deepest values. Let's come reconfirm our commitment to those values together this Sunday. As Margret Mead said, "Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have."

Urban Sprawl

Sunday, January 28th, 2018
Joel Batterman
Urban and regional planning is all about growing our communities with intention. What are the intentions that have guided the growth of southeastern Michigan over the past hundred years? How has urban sprawl shaped our lives and the lives of our neighbors, and what kind of future would we like to see for our region? Join us as Joel Batterman, a PHD student at the University of Michigan's school of urban and regional planning talks about this history of how our region was shaped.

Immigration Issues

Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Fayrouz Saad
Fayrouz Saad was a freshmen on college on 9/11 and on that day, fearing anti-Muslim and anti-Arab backlash on campus, her parents picked her up and took her home. When she returned to campus, her roommate, neighbors and classmates all came to welcome her back and promise that we would all protect one another. This experience showed Fayrouz what America is truly about - and what she sees being threatened with the end to DACA and other proposed immigration restrictions. Fayrouz's experience propelled her to work with immigration systems under the Obama administration and in the City of Detroit. Come this Sunday to hear her story and find out more about our national and regional immigration systems.

The Intention Experiment

Sunday, January 14th, 2018
Julie Brock
When Martin Luther King Jr. agreed to lead the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, did he know he agreeing to be the figurehead for the decade long, country-wide civil right battle? When Stokley Carmichael lifted his fist in the first and uttered the phrase, "Black Power", did he understand we was starting a moment? When Fannie Lou Hamer signed up to be part of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, did she know she would one day lead a Black delegation to Democratic national convention? We must begin our journey somewhere. Often, we step out into the unknown with only our intentions in front of us. Our intention, however, can shape the path of our lives in significant ways. This MLK Sunday we will discuss different methods and intentions of civil rights leaders, including those involved with Unitarian Universalism.

Experiencing Intention

Sunday, January 7th, 2018
Julie Brock
This month, we will be asking ourselves, what does it mean to be a people of intention? How do our intentions differ from our goals or our resolutions? What do we need to let go of in order for our intentions to be able to manifest? Let us join together as we ritually say goodbye to what we do not need in from the past year, and open ourselves up to what intend for the coming year.

New Year

Sunday, December 31st, 2017
Karen Sanderson/Janet Joseph

Christmas Eve - 4:00pm Stories and Carols

Sunday, December 24th, 2017
Julie Brock
Merrymaking will commence with songs to lift the spirit, and stories to stir the imagination! Join CUUB for our traditional stories and carols Christmas eve celebration. As is customary, we will end the evening singing by shared candlelight.

Brunch & Carols

Sunday, December 24th, 2017
Julie Brock
Brunch and Carols!
Join CUUB for singing and a potluck brunch at 10:30am. We will be in festive fellowship for an informal gathering.

Star Wars

Sunday, December 17th, 2017
Brian Havlik
SNAPHISS!! The crimson lightsaber arches through the air intending to strike down its target. A heartbeat before it lands, a green lightsaber rises to meet it. CRACK! The two lock with unyielding tension. The battle between father and son resumes with the fate of the galaxy, the balance of the Force, and so much more at stake…

The theme for December is Hope. Join us as we explore the duality of “good” and “evil”, the interdependence of the universe, the internal struggles of self, and what “a new hope” means through one of the most influential and inspirational series of films, books, and shows embedded in our popular culture today. Sarah Neidert will be our worship associate

The Grinch and UUville

Sunday, December 10th, 2017
Beth Havlik
Our SE Program will be performing a special play during service. We hope you will join us inside a snowflake, like the one on your sleeve, for a story you must see to believe. The Grinch and UUville!

Experiencing Hope

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Julie Brock
The theme of the month is Hope, and we will be asking ourselves, what does mean to be a people of hope? How can we hold onto hope as we journey into dark days, and is it naive to do so? On the other hand, what is our alternative? Without hope, we will all become cynics? Is it possible to re-imagine the darkness to move into, not as the darkness of the tomb but the darkness of the womb? Might we be waiting to birth something extraordinary with the knowledge and experience of our current pain teaching us a better way? Hope means not only looking forward at what could be, it is a present insistence that we work toward tomorrow today. Let us be together as we dream that future, and tend to our present.

Giving thanks for where we come from.

Sunday, November 26th, 2017
Julie Brock
In many cultures, November and October are the times when we think about our ancestor, and honor those who have gone before. November is also a time in American culture where we give thanks for all we have. Let us link together what we have with giving thanks to and honoring our ancestors. Some of our ancestors are those who are in our genetic lineage, and some are those who's work paved the way for our work now. Bring an object of remembrance, a picture or a token or your ancestors as we build a community alter of thanks and remembrance.

“Integrating Postmodernism, Physics and Spirituality”

Sunday, November 19th, 2017
Rev. Leonetta
The Rev. Leonetta will offer on outline that invites us to move from a polarized view of the world that priorities w world view using only an explanation of scientific materialism. Ken Wilbur has had major influence as an American philosopher. His works lay out a description of memes that include egocentric view to a pluralist view that open us to the grand variety of world views. This message promises to give you a perspective that strengthens your understanding and compassion.

Abundance, Scarcity, and Capitalism

Sunday, November 12th, 2017
Julie Brock
We have enough. In this world we have enough food, medicine, and money to make sure every human being is taken care of. But they aren't. Why do we set up systems in which some people have more than they or their families could ever need, and others go without? How do those systems create a spiritual scarcity in us?

Experiencing Abundance

Sunday, November 5th, 2017
Julie Brock
The worship theme of the month is Abundance. We on earth have many many things that we can appreciate. Family, beautiful moments, nature, and our ever churning spirits. But when those spirits churn too much, when they are weighted by the heaviness of some days, how can we return to a belief that we have all that what we have can be enough? When our world ask us to accumulate more and appreciate less, how can our faith empower us to examine what we really want?

Fear and Courage to Overcome

Sunday, October 29th, 2017
Beth Havlik
So much to be afraid of this time of year, Goblins, Ghouls, and Ghost. Most people have a fear. Doesn't matter your age, talents, education... What are our fears? How can we find the courage to overcome these fears? How do we as a community help each other overcome fear?

White Supremacy II

Sunday, October 22nd, 2017
Julie Brock
Once again, we gather at the request of our UU's of Color to discuss what it means to live in a world where White people hold their lives and culture as supreme over those of People of Color. It takes courage to fight White Supremacy, and courage to recognize how we contribute to it, and mostly, courage to accept that even though we are part of a broken system, we are whole and beautiful people.

Religious Courage

Sunday, October 15th, 2017
Bob Duman

Universalism

Sunday, October 8th, 2017
Kalen Fristad
10/8/17 Kalen Fristad Universalism

Courage

Sunday, October 1st, 2017
Julie Brock
Our theme of the month is courage. This Sunday we will be exploring, through ritual, prayer, song, and fellowship, what it means to be a people of courage. Where does courage come from? How might we expand our comfort zones? How might we be brave both in times of large change, and in small ways, every day? Are we brave enough to except ourselves, just as we are, despite our flaws.

When We Go Small, We Get Big

Sunday, September 24th, 2017
Julie Brock
We often think of welcome as a really expansive concept. How big can we grow? But what if being welcoming also means making yourself a bit smaller in a place that makes you comfortable. If you are comfortable somewhere, it usually means your voice, or voices like yours, is/are valued in that space. What if, to be truly welcoming, we must quiet our own voices to hear what others are saying they need to feel welcome? If we want to welcome many different voices, do we have any other choice?

Living in Our Reality Bubbles

Sunday, September 17th, 2017
Rev. Leonetta
The Rev. Leonetta will look at the concept of ‘reality bubbles’ as a psychological idea that perceives each of us living in realities of our own creation. The applications to the current social/political climate AND our ongoing UU struggles of being inclusive and accepting differing perspectives. Processes for understanding others points of view will be shared.

Sunday Service

Sunday, September 10th, 2017
Julie Brock

Sunday Service

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017
Julie Brock
Your labor is a gift. All of the energy you put into the world is meaningful. The world tries to claim too much of our time and energy. This week, let's come together and do ritual around reclaiming our time, energy, and labor for the forces of love and beauty in the world. Hope to see you in church.

Sunday Service

Sunday, August 27th, 2017
Karen McFarland
This Sunday, Karen McFarland, will be in the Pulpit giving the message: Compassion: Heart and Meaning. These confusing and trying times deserve attention to Compassion.

Total Eclipse

Sunday, August 20th, 2017
Julie Brock
Our part of the world is witnessing a rare phenomenon soon: the total eclipse of the sun. In many other places on the planet, however, the sun will shine as it does on every other day. What does it mean that something can look rare and wonderful if you stand in one place, and totally ordinary if you stand in another? Come to church, be glad of the warm sun on the earth, and let's think about how proximity and perspective change what we think we see.

Soul Matters

Sunday, August 13th, 2017
Lay Led

Animal Blessing

Sunday, August 6th, 2017
Beth Duman

A Course in Miracles

Sunday, July 30th, 2017
Karen Sanderson

Café Service

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
Mary Temple will be Worship Associate.

Unitarian Universalism & Democracy

Sunday, July 16th, 2017
Rev. Karen McFarland

Healthcare and Unitarian Universalist Principles

Sunday, July 9th, 2017
Julia Anderson Pulaver

General Assembly Service

Sunday, July 2nd, 2017
Rev. Mara Dowdall
Each June, Unitarian Universalists from around the world gather together at General Assembly. The Assembly's final gathering is a powerful communal worship experience, and it is our tradition at CUUB to share important recorded elements of that service the following Sunday. The speaker for this year's GA service was Rev. Mara Dowdall, who is the Senior Minister of the First UU Society of Burlington, Vermont. The topic of her sermon was "The Shared World". Join us for a taste of the excitement and solidarity that General Assembly offers to UUs. Autumn Mahoney will be crafting this service and Janet Joseph will be the Worship Associate.

Café Service

Sunday, June 25th, 2017
Mary Temple will be Worship Associate.

A Spiritual Case for Creativity

Sunday, June 18th, 2017
Lay Led
This service led by Karen Sanderson celebrates the creative energy that flows through each of us in the form of poetry and/or music. Our time spent together will include CUUB members from ages 5 and beyond sharing their talents. Following the service, please join us for Lilian Weaver’s piano recital.

Bridging Ceremony

Sunday, June 11th, 2017
Julie Brock

Flower Communion Ceremony

Sunday, June 4th, 2017
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
Everyone, including children and youth, are invited to bring a flower from their garden or from the roadside to participate in this ritual that is tradition in Unitarian Universalist congregations. Please place YOUR flower in one of the vases available at the doorway of the sanctuary as you enter on Sunday.

The history of this service is rich in meaning and motivation for us to celebrate the diversity represented in our churches. service was created by Norbert Capek (1870-1942) created this service (June 4, 1923) and his wife Maja brought it to the United States in 1940. Norbert founded the Unitarian Church in Czechoslovakia. He died in a concentration camp.

Mr. Capek wanted a ceremony that did not alienate anyone from any other religious tradition. Reverend Leonetta will open the concept of diversity to cover all the amazing diversity represented in our congregation now and a challenge of what spiritual and other diversity could be for the future. In other words we will look at the diversity of DIVERSITY!

Memorial Day

Sunday, May 28th, 2017
Lay-led service for Memorial Day

Beloved Community

Sunday, May 21st, 2017
Julie Brock
On the day of the annual meeting, let us look back and uphold all we have done this year as a community. When MLK wrote a prescription for a healthy society, he said it had to start with places like CUUB. He said it had to start with communities that were willing to challenge and care for one another. And whew! Has this year been challenging or what? If we're going to keep fighting for a better world, sometimes we need to take time out to celebrate and look to the future. Join us for stories, celebration, and the welcoming of new members!

Hope, Love, and Fear in a Time of Chaos

Sunday, May 14th, 2017
Rev. Karen McFarland
Sign on fire station wall: "Hope is not a plan!" Andy to Red in the movie "The Shawshank Redemption": "Hope is the best thing." Which is it, and what are we to do with all our raw feelings in these unsettled and unsettling times? Rev. Karen will address these questions, grapple with our chaotic feelings, and HOPEfully learn to live the questions.

White Supremacy Teach-In

Sunday, May 7th, 2017
Julie Brock
This Sunday, May 7th, join a large, growing group of Unitarian Universalists who will shift our regularly scheduled Sunday morning worship to participate in a teach-in on racism and white supremacy. We will be participating with thousands of UUs around the country in this large-scale historic action.
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The Global Majorities Collective

Sunday, April 30th, 2017
Ben Gabel
Our UU racial justice work has focused on changing the predominantly white UU institutions- through efforts to diversify, educate white middle class UUs on their internalized racism and white privilege, and preferential language of “allyship.” Guest speaker Ben Gabel will share his work with the Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) on its latest project called the Global Majorities Collective. The Collective will be a community of multigenerational Unitarian Universalist people of color working to create innovative contributions toward the creation of a multicultural UUism and shifts the focus of anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural work towards the creation of a Unitarian Universalism without whiteness as its cultural, theological, and institutional center.

Ben Gabel serves as the Director of Service and Social Justice Ministry at the Birmingham Unitarian Church as well as the Church Administrator at the Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church. He is a member of the DRUUMM Steering Committee and a member of the Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee at the UUA. Ben is working towards ordained ministry at the Meadville Lombard Theological School.

Earth Day: Gardening for Community

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017
CUUB Youth Group
The CUUB Youth Group will have us thinking about feeding each other and what that means as a community. Let us feed your spirit and you will walk away with a mission to feed each other.

Easter as Cultural Phenomenon

Sunday, April 16th, 2017
Julie Brock
Certain holidays are pervasive in American culture because they stem from Christian heritage. Can a post-Christian denomination authentically celebrate Easter, the foundational traditional Christian Holiday? How should we mark the cultural phenomenon that Easter has become? We will explore the range of celebratory experiences, from theological reflection, to the children planting bean sprouts!
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Eostre Pageant: How Easter Bunnies Came to Be

Sunday, April 9th, 2017
Spiritual Exploration Program
This lively service will explore the Pagan story of how bunnies are able to lay eggs. Join us for singing, guided meditation, and a lovely play that will have you walking in the woods in a new way.

The Quest for the Meaning of Spirituality

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
Can spirituality occur without being religious? What is spirituality? How many people describe themselves as "spiritual but not religious", and why? What are the criteria for making an experience spiritual?

Death and Dying

Sunday, March 26th, 2017
Judy Snyderman
Judy is a Board Member and Treasurer of Final Exit Network. She has been trained as both a Caring Friend with Compassion and Choices and an Exit Guide with Final Exit Network. She’ll describe the differences between these two organizations as well as the current status of death with dignity laws in the United States. Judy will discuss the choices that are available to us to increase our chances of having a good death: pain free, peaceful, dignified, in a location of our choice and surrounded by those we love.

Equinox

Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Julie Brock
The world is waking up and getting ready to work. What can we prepare in our own lives to be in touch with the cycle of the year? As the farmers begin to plant seed, we will begin to plant intentions and actions for the coming year. Let us do so mindfully together.

Spiritual Traditions

Sunday, February 26th, 2017
Multigenerational Service
UU children get a comprehensive course in world religions before they leave our classrooms. This Sunday, our children and youth will present on spiritual traditions. You just might leave asking yourself, am I smarter than a fifth grader?

Money Matters

Sunday, February 19th, 2017
Nate Warner
It is said that a budget is a social justice document. If you want to know what is actually important to a person or organization, look at what they spend their resources on. What does CUUB spend its resources on, and is this in line with our mission? Do you have a personal mission? If someone had to guess your life priorities based on your budget, what would it be? Come discuss and ponder with us on Sunday!

Choices

Sunday, February 12th, 2017
Julie Brock
What do Harry Potter, the Stanford Journal of Neuroscience, and Pastor Julie's dad all have in common? Come find out as we discuss how to make moral choices in a morally ambiguous world.

The Integrity of the In-Between

Sunday, February 5th, 2017
Rev. Sean Parker Dennison
This Sunday, in a sermon entitled "The Integrity of the In-Between", Rev. Sean Parker Dennison will reflect on identity by telling us his story as an openly transgender UU Minister. He will also explore the liberating potential of recognizing and honoring interstitial spaces in our lives and in the world.

Rev. Sean Parker Dennison is a graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry and was ordained in 2000. He has served congregations in Stockton, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; San Luis Obispo, CA and McHenry, IL. He also considers his active social media presence a part of his ministry, including posting daily prayers on Twitter and Facebook since 2011.

Prophecy and Protest

Sunday, January 29th, 2017
Julie Brock
The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said that "A riot is the language of the unheard." Protest is a tactic as old as disagreement, and is often associated with religious movements. The protestant reformation means just that, protest-ent. Those who would protest the church. Some of the world's greatest prophets: MLK, Ghandi, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, all used protest to further a righteous cause. When is disruption necessary? When is it dangerous? When is it both? This week, we will hear member reflections from congregants who attend the Women's March on Washington and reflect on the possibility of prophetic protest. Julie Brock will lead this service.

Seeing the Elephant in the Room

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017
Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum
In this Sunday's Sermon"Seeing the Elephant in the Room" the Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum of the UU Church of East Liberty in Jackson County will explore how our theological diversity gives us strength in these difficult times, and how it challenges us going forward. Janet Joseph will serve as Worship Associate and Hannah Waterstone will provide music for our service.

Safer and Welcoming Congregation

Sunday, January 15th, 2017
Brian Havlik

The Practice of Non-Attachment

Sunday, January 8th, 2017
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
One of the most foundational, yet misunderstood tenets of Buddhism is that of non-attachment. It is stated that: "Attachment is the origin, the root of suffering: hence it is the cause of suffering." The Rev. Leonetta will unfold this practice so that we can understand it and apply it to our daily lives. From acceptance of election results to our family dynamics and work situations and more, this service should give us tips on how to stay involved, yet simultaneously detached. Liz Firek will serve as worship associate.

New Year

Sunday, January 1st, 2017
Janet Joseph
We will usher in the first morning of 2017 this Sunday at CUUB. Join us to contemplate the implications and expectations of the New Year within and beyond ourselves. Janet Joseph will lead us in a contemplative ritual borrowed from the Jewish New Year tradition, and the service will feature an extended Joys and Sorrows. Come and share your hopes and concerns for the New Year and say good bye to 2016. Karen Sanderson will serve as the Worship Associate, and Liz Firek will provide some special music.

Christmas Morning Brunch

Sunday, December 25th, 2016
Linda Wells and Janet Joseph
Christmas comes on a Sunday this year. What a perfect opportunity for a CUUB Sunday Brunch. In place of our regular Sunday Service, the Worship Team is hosting a gathering to celebrate the season. Join us with a dish to pass and bring your holiday memories to share. Linda Wells and Janet Joseph will be your hosts. We will gather at the usual 10:30 time.

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24th, 2016
Julie Brock
Join us for a joyful celebration on Christmas Eve at 4:00 pm. We will sing familiar carols, hear from the choir, and our youth will be reading poetry. Julie will be sharing a homily "How the Unitarians Stole Christmas". What better way to share the blessings of the season than with your fellow CUUBies!

Holiday Grief

Sunday, December 18th, 2016
The holidays can be a time for celebration and a time for grief. Our society sometimes praises stoicism, and we don't feel able to express or even feel our grief. This can be particularly acute during the holidays, when the whole world is telling you to be merry. All are welcomed to CUUB as a place of hope and healing. Come as you are, take what you need, leave what you can. And let us be together during this complicated, messy, joyous, difficult season.

Buddhism and Non-Attachment

Sunday, December 11th, 2016
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi

Worth and Dignity in Others

Sunday, December 4th, 2016
Julie Brock

Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Sunday, November 27th, 2016
Vera Batchelder
At this annual time of Thanksgiving, let us explore together the meaning and experience of gratitude in our lives. Vera Batchelder will facilitate an open discussion featuring words of wisdom on gratitude from famous people through out the ages. Come prepared to join in singing some favorite harvest melodies. Janet Joseph will serve as Worship Associate and Harriet Evans will provide the music.

Domestic Violence

Sunday, November 20th, 2016
Julie Brock, LACASA, CUUB Members
This Sunday concludes our LACASA partnership on the topic of Domestic Violence. Pastor Julie, our CUUB LACASA trained staff, and LACASA representatives will be with us as 3 of our CUUB members share their personal domestic violence survivor stories. This topic may seem heavy, although our speakers have prepared inspiring and uplifting messages to help us find strength and courage in the face of adversity. May you join us and receive empowerment to continue our work in achieving dignity and respect for all of our fellow human beings.

Green Sanctuary Accreditation

Sunday, November 13th, 2016
Julie Brock
Join us this Sunday as Julie Brock leads us in a celebration of CUUB's accreditation as a Green Sanctuary and dedicate our new natural playscape, an Eagle Scout project developed and built by our own Lane Kempf!

Introversion and Extroversion: A Time and a Place for Both

Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
This Sunday, the Rev. Leonetta will share the joys and challenges of the spectrum of personality types that have tendencies toward extroversion and introversion. Psychologist William James shares: “a man/woman has as many social selves as there are distinct groups of persons about whose opinion s/he cares. S/he generally shows a different side of themselves to each of these different groups.” As a congregation sensitive to learning styles and various personality types, we will look at how our services, classes, gatherings include activities and pauses that allow both ‘types’ to feel fully included. UU Principle #3, which asks us to “affirm and promote acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations” will be today’s featured principle. Joanne Swonk will be the worship associate.

Samhain

Sunday, October 30th, 2016
Julie Brock and Beth Havlik
This Sunday, Pastor Julie Brock and Beth Havlik will be leading a service on Samhain (Sowein); this is a pagan holiday that honors our loved ones that have died. We would like to ask you to bring in a picture or item that reminds you of a loved one you have lost to add to our altar. The Spiritual Exploration (SE) Team is hosting halloween crafts after services for anyone who wishes to participate.

General Assembly

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
Carrie Kempf and Barb Robinson
This coming Sunday, CUUB members Carrie Kempf and Barb Robinson will continue our exploration of General Assembly themes. Barb will be presenting a history of diversity within UUism, and Carrie will continue the theme with a report on the Black Lives Matter movement within the UUA. Janet Joseph will serve as Worship Associate and Hannah Waterstone will provide music.

Domestic Violence

Sunday, October 16th, 2016
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi and LACASA
Representatives from LACASA will offer a beginning primer on this important resource that helps those who have struggled with domestic violence in its many forms. As a compassionate congregation, we know education and awareness are beginning points for us to heal ourselves and the community. The Reverend Leonetta Bugleisi will provide the spiritual context for our message today.

The Four-Fold Way: Are You a Warrior, Teacher, Healer, or Visionary?

Sunday, October 9th, 2016
Rev. Karen. McFarland
This week, Rev. Karen McFarland will ask the question The Four-Fold Way: Are You a Warrior, Teacher, Healer, or Visionary? These are archetypes often found in indigenous people’s spiritual practices. We will explore what they might mean for us and how to incorporate them into our lives. This will be an interactive service, so come with eagerness, an open heart, and rhythm instruments such as drums, maracas, or claves.

Jewish High Holy Days

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
Julie Brock
This Sunday, Pastor Julie Brock will be in the pulpit. The Jewish new year is close at hand, bur rather than party favors and noise makers, we are entering into a time of deep reflection and connection. What can Unitarian Universalists learn from the High Holy days observed by our farthest religious ancestors? How do the concepts of Sin and Atonement, so prevalent in the language and practice of our Jewish cousins, apply to a Universalist faith tradition? Come to church, let's talk about it!

General Assembly

Sunday, September 25th, 2016
Congregation Members
This Sunday, members of CUUB's congregation will recreate the special moments and messages they experienced while attending the 2016 UUA General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio. This inspirational service will feature recorded music and messages from the assembly as well as reflections of personal significance and meaning for the CUUB community.

Prophetic Voice and the "G" Word — Cultivating Reverance Without Dictating Dogma

Sunday, September 18th, 2016
Julie Brock
You may have noticed that the new minister says "God" a lot. What's that about? Doesn't she understand that for the last century, the foundations of Unitarian Universalism have been rooted in the Humanist movement? Doesn't she realize that the G-word can be really uncomfortable for people who come from other religions and have been wounded? Rest assured, good people, she does indeed realize these things. And she sees value in hearing the prophetic voices of our past, understanding how we got to be where we are now, and visioning new ways forward that include, mystery, wonder, and things larger than ourselves. So how did we get here? And what does she mean when she says the G-word? Come Sunday to find out.

Celebration of Water

Sunday, September 11th, 2016
Beth Havlik
This Sunday, our Director of Spiritual Exploration, Beth Havlik, will lead our annual celebration of water, especially the ways in which water connects us all. Michael Wheeler will provide music via acoustic guitar. Simon Ren will be worship associate. Please note that we will not be sharing our travel stories.

"Rugged" Individualism and American Exceptionalism

Sunday, September 4th, 2016
Dennis Bartleman
CUUB member Dennis Bartleman will be speaking on "Rugged" Individualism and American
Exceptionalism. He will also provide a reading on the impact of unions and his thoughts on labor in Southeast Michigan. Dennis was a Professor of Political Science at Oakland Community College for 46 years, and was very involved in union activities as Department Chair. Following his presentation, the congregation will have a chance to express their thoughts on the topics. Jim Swonk will serve as worship associate.

Callings and Collective Ministry

Sunday, August 28th, 2016
Julie Brock
We tend our spiritual lives by listening to and following our deepest callings. But what does it mean to be called? As we begin a new ministry together, come hear the call story of your next pastor, Julie Brock, and begin a conversation about what we are called to make of our collective ministry. Simon Ren will serve as worship associate.

An Embodied Faith

Sunday, August 21st, 2016
Rev. Cassandra Hartley
Guest Preacher Rev. Cassandra Hartley will be in our pulpit this Sunday to deliver a sermon entitled "An Embodied Faith." Join us as she explores how we can connect our spirituality to our physical senses.

Indispensible Opposition

Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Merle Smith
Long time teacher, debate coach,Toastmaster and active member of CUUB, Merle Smith will lead worship on Sunday, August 14th with his message, "Indispensable Opposition". He will develop the idea that opposition is indispensable to freedom.This includes protecting the right of our opponents to speak because we must hear what they have to say. Our freedom is in jeopardy if we fail to use our ability to reason, to express convictions, and to challenge thinking that violates our freedom. Sandy Kunkle is the Worship Associate. Hannah Waterstone returns as pianist with one of her own compositions.

Cycles of History

Sunday, August 7th, 2016
George Rourk

Violence and Division

Sunday, July 31st, 2016
Rev. Fran Dew
Rev. Fran Dew will speak about the recent violence and divisions in our country and the necessity for UUs to respond. Sarah Neidert will be Worship Associate.

Dancing with Dementia

Sunday, July 24th, 2016
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
Diagnosis of dementia is on the rise. While the process and progression of this disease is unique, there are some common behaviors that can be dealt with in ways that can decrease anxiety for caregivers and their loved ones. The Rev. Leonetta will share some statistics about dementia and some tips on how to navigate through the changes that come along with this diagnosis.

Us and Them

Sunday, July 10th, 2016
Miles Kimball
Miles Kimball will be speaking on "US and THEM". Miles is a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor and is very involved in one of the men's circles there. He is a Professor of Economics and Survey Research at the University of Michigan. His studies include macroeconomics, retirement saving and financial choices, cognitive economics, and the economics of happiness. He has a popular economics, politics, and religion blog "Confessions of a Supply-Side Liberal" with a post on religion or philosophy every Sunday. Miles has given an annual sermon at CUUB every year since 2005. This is his 12th annual sermon here.

General Assembly

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
Autumn Mahoney
This Sunday Autumn Mahoney will present the recorded General Assembly service. Lisa Clifford will be the worship associate.

Dutch Art and the First Source

Sunday, June 26th, 2016
Maya Heneveld
The UU community considers that our shared living tradition draws from many sources. The first listed source is the 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. The topic of this Sunday's message fits well into the category of transcending mystery and wonder. Art historian Maya Heneveld will treat us to a visual exploration of Dutch art, religious and otherwise. Come renew your spirit. Simon Ren will serve as Worship Associate, and Harriet Evans will provide our music.
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Father Sun

Sunday, June 19th, 2016
Rev. Cassandra Hartley
This Sunday's service, entitled “Father Sun”, will be led by the Rev. Cassandra Hartley. This year, Father's Day and Summer Solstice are only a day apart! Join us as we celebrate the changing of the seasons and especially the masculine symbolism of the sun.

Multigenerational Service

Sunday, June 12th, 2016
Beth Havlik

Coming of Age

Sunday, June 5th, 2016
CUUB Junior Members
This Sunday, our teens will lead the service with a special "Coming of Age" ceremony. The culmination of a year's worth of self-reflection and growth, this ceremony honors the transition from childhood to adulthood. Rather than asking young people to affirm a creed, our teens have begun their own spiritual journeys and will share their personal belief statements with the congregation. We have the privilege of welcoming these young adults into our congregation as junior members.
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Memorial Day

Sunday, May 29th, 2016
Merle Smith, Sandy Kunkle, and Karen McFarland
This Sunday's Service has been organized and prepared by Merle Smith. Merle and two other CUUB members, Sandy Kunkle and Karen McFarland, will share their own personal memorials in keeping with Memorial Day on May 30th.
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Making the Everyday Sacred

Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
Cassandra Hartley
Cassandra Hartley returns to CUUB this Sunday to lead the worship service titled Making the Everyday Sacred, including a child dedication service for Jason Crane. Cassandra has completed all requirements for the ministry and will be ordained by the Universalist Unitarian Church of Farmington in June. Harriet Evans will be the pianist for the service; Sandy Kunkle the Worship Associate.
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They are Us and We are Them: Deconstructing Stigma Surrounding Mental Health Problems

Sunday, May 15th, 2016
Dr. Michelle Byrd
We our so fortunate to welcome one of our members, Dr. Michelle Byrd, to our pulpit. Her message this Sunday is entitled "They are Us and We are Them: Deconstructing Stigma Surrounding Mental Health Problems." In this talk, she will explore how historical factors might have contributed to the current climate of stigmatization of suffering people and our role as UUs in reducing disparity associated with mental health status.

Dr. Byrd is a fully licensed clinical psychologist who practices evidenced-based treatments for children, families, and adults. She is the Clinical Director of McCaskill Family Services in Brighton and a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at Eastern Michigan University.

Islamic Primer — Reawakening in the 20th Century

Sunday, May 8th, 2016
John Schultz
This Sunday John Schultz joins us for his last installment in The World of Islam Series. His talk is titled "Reawakening in the 20th Century". We will begin our service with a tribute to all Mother figures on their special day, including a special children's message by Vera Batchelder. Janet Joseph will serve as Worship Associate and Harriet Evans will provide music for the service.

Pride and Prejudice

Sunday, May 1st, 2016
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
The Rev. Leonetta will share the balancing act that many are challenged by as we are proud of our heritage and individual characteristics before they become overpowering into prejudice towards other people or groups. She will look at the current idea of profiling and how it seeps into our consciousness easily. The practice of transformation of perspective fits well into the spring season, which is transforming daily. A recognition ritual honoring Beth Havlik's completion of Associate Credentialing Process will be included in today's service.

Islamic Primer — Part 2 of 3

Sunday, April 24th, 2016
John Schultz
On Sunday, we welcome John Schultz back to our pulpit for part 2 of his 3-part series on Islam.
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Reproductive Justice

Sunday, April 17th, 2016
Cassandra Hartley
This Sunday, CUUB's Social Justice team will host a special service on Reproductive Justice by Cassandra Hartley followed by a message from Lori Carpentier. Lori is the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Mid and Southeast Michigan.

Islamic Primer — A Historical Background

Sunday, April 10th, 2016
John Schultz
CUUB friend, supporter, and perennial speaker, John Schultz, joins us this Sunday for the first installment of a three part series focusing on the Islamic religion. John is a retired world religions teacher most recently with Sienna Heights College. This Sunday's topic will be "Islamic Primer — A Historical Background". With all of the controversy continuously brewing over the Muslims of the world, let us take time to ground ourselves in the foundations of their faith. Mary Temple will be the Worship Associate and Hannah Waterstone will provide the music for our service.
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Religion and the Human Experience

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
Rev. Leonetta will look at whether religion has been more beneficial or detrimental to the human experience. She will gather historical perspectives along with practical perspectives to come to conclusions that respond to this topic.
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Easter

Sunday, March 27th, 2016
Rev. Karen McFarland
This week Reverend Karen McFarland (retired) and former interim and consulting minister for CUUB will deliver a sermon about Easter. Unlike Christmas, Easter always comes on a Sunday closely following the Spring Equinox, so it is hard to avoid speaking about it on that very day. Yet Easter is very difficult for most Unitarian Universalists. Just what meaning does it hold for us, even those of us who claim Christianity as our spiritual tradition? Most of us don’t believe the mythology of Jesus rising from a tomb. What, if any, is the meaning of the traditions surrounding this holiday? What about Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, and the Easter Bunny herself? Come and find joy in this holiday that celebrates all things bringing new life.

Devouring Love

Sunday, March 20th, 2016
Cassandra Hartley
Theologian and cattle rancher Jim Corbett believed that all life could be boiled down to eating and being eaten. Guest preacher Cassandra Hartley explores what this means for our bodies and our souls.
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Beyond the Principles

Sunday, March 13th, 2016
Rev. Tom Schade
Tom Schade join us with his message: Beyond the Principles. The Seven Principles were adopted in 1985. Ronald Reagan was President, you could go to a movie for $2.75, and Michael Jordan was the NBA Rookie of the Year. What have we learned since then that changes the Seven Principles?
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Applied Faith in Action

Sunday, March 6th, 2016
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
"We affirm and promote the right of conscience and use of the democratic process" is the fifth of our seven Unitarian Universalist Principles. The Rev. Leonetta will move us to the "front of the class" as we discuss deeply why our vote matters; being part of the democratic process matters; how democracy is not the same as being a democrat; and how we can respectfully maintain close relationships with those who vote differently than we do.
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Doing Theology in Public: Our Sources

Sunday, February 28th, 2016
Rev. Tom Schade
Reverend Tom Schade joins us at CUUB and brings his sermon, "Doing Theology in Public: Our Sources." He will explore with us the ways that the different sources of Unitarian Universalism shape our talk about justice and public issues. Janet Joseph will serve as the Worship Associate.
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Saving Grace

Sunday, February 21st, 2016
Cassandra Hartley
In this week's sermon, titled "Saving Grace", guest preacher Cassandra Hartley explores the different meanings of "grace" for Unitarian Universalists and how we can invite more grace into our lives.
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Sunday, February 14th, 2016
Rabbi Dobrusin
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Sunday, February 7th, 2016
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
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Finding Our Way Home

Sunday, January 31st, 2016
Nic Cable
This Sunday's service is titled "Finding Our Way Home". In the short, cold days of winter, we are invited to explore how far we are willing to venture out into the world. Our faith calls us, particularly amidst the harsh elements of life, to be with one another and to nurture a wider vision of Beloved Community. As Spring rests just beyond our vision, Nic Cable will explore a vision of our shared covenant today, a vision that faces the risk, the fear, the uncertainty of life, and offers a path for all of us to return home.

Middle Class, Middle Aged, White, Male, and Angry

Sunday, January 24th, 2016
Rev. Tom Schade
His message will address the Spiritual Crisis of the Day, when uncertainty and discomfort turn to shame and rage. Join us for this timely and informative topic. Janet Joseph will serve as Worship Associate for this service.

Pete Seeger Legacy

Sunday, January 17th, 2016
Mary Temple
Mary Temple will lead this week's service with a look at the Unitarian Universalist legacy of folk singer and social activist Pete Seeger.

Revolution of Values

Sunday, January 17th, 2016
Cassandra Hartley
Cassandra will explore Martin Luther King, Jr.'s highly controversial but still relevant speech Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence. Delivered in April of 1967 at New York's Riverside Church, Beyond Vietnam is considered King's most controversial and important speech.

Parliament of the World's Religions

Sunday, January 10th, 2016
Rev. Claudia Roblee and Rev. Tammy Monroe
This Sunday Rev. Claudia Roblee and Rev. Tammy Monroe, both Interfaith Ministers, will be presenting an interesting overview of the history and meaning behind the Parliament of the World’s Religions. Mary Temple will be the Worship Associate.

Satisfied with Science

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
Some Unitarian Universalists rely on science as the grounding for their beliefs in the rational world and how we operate within it. The Rev. Leonetta will focus on the latest discoveries in science and how they may impact our theologies, beliefs, and actions.

New Year Traditions

Sunday, December 27th, 2015
Janet Joseph

How Six Found Christmas

Sunday, December 20th, 2015
Michael Murphy
Join us this Sunday for a Holiday Play "How Six Found Christmas". Michael Murphy, assisted by Zena Jasenak, have been rehearsing with our child stars to bring this play to CUUB for your inspiration and pleasure. Is there a special place to find Christmas? Is there only one way to celebrate the Holidays? Come and find out the answers to these perplexing questions and sing some special Holiday Songs.

Waiting in the Dark

Sunday, December 13th, 2015
Cassanda Hartley
As Winter Solstice approaches, the nights grow longer and we wait for the "rebirth" of the sun. Guest preacher Cassandra Hartley explores what the Solstice means and what the darkness can teach us. Sandy Kunkle is the Worship Associate.

Unplugging the Christmas Machine

Sunday, December 6th, 2015
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
The Rev. Leonetta offers a backdrop for maintaining some sanity during the holidays as we apply "Escalating Inequality" to create some distance from the commercialization of the holiday machine.

Equality and Individual Freedom

Sunday, November 29th, 2015
Philip Carr
On this Sunday following the American holiday of Thanksgiving, Phillip Carr will give a sermon inspired by the book Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Danielle Allen. He will discuss the basic premise of equality along with the dichotomy in our country between equality and individual freedom. Merle Smith will be the worship associate.

Confronting Violence

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015
Cassandra Hartley
This Sunday, Cassandra Hartley returns to our pulpit where she will explore some of the roots of violence in our society and what role Unitarian Universalists can play in confronting violence. Liz Firek will be Worship Associate.

Structures and Processes of the Chalice

Sunday, November 15th, 2015
Bruce Gibb
Our fifth principle states that we "use the democratic process in our congregations…" However, our religious tradition is based on hierarchical structures, some of which we do not even recognize. Eisler describes these hierarchical structures by the symbol of the blade in her book, The Chalice and the Blade. In this message, we will consider the structures and processes that are appropriate for the chalice, the symbol of our community. We will consider these at the individual, family and congregational scale. Bruce Gibb returns to the pulpit for this service.

Humanism in Context

Sunday, November 8th, 2015
Rev. Tom Schade
This Sunday we welcome Reverend Schade back to our pulpit to deliver his sermon "Humanism in Context". Humanism is not just a theological position; it was also a social movement. Reverend Schade offers a new look at UU history.
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Magic of Ministry

Sunday, November 1st, 2015
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
Being called and then serving as a Unitarian Universalist minister for 25 years, The Rev. Leonetta will invite us into a look at the specific and broad definition of ministry. This is a "not-to-miss" service that will reveal the path that our quarter-time minister has followed for quarter of a century and invite us into a full and passionate personal reflection.
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Permaculture

Sunday, October 25th, 2015
Cassandra Hartley
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Day of the Dead

Sunday, October 18th, 2015
Multigenerational Service
This Sunday our children will perform a play to celebrate El Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. The purpose is to show that death can bring about not only fear but also opportunity for growth. Though we often try to cope with our fears by adopting a persona, or mask, that helps us imagine ourselves as stronger or more able, these masks can also inhibit growth. This service has been thoughtfully designed to appeal to all ages and to ensure it is not scary to our young ones. We ask you to bring in a picture of a loved one that you would like to remember during this service.

Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout

Sunday, October 11th, 2015
The Importance of Singing
This Sunday, Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, the music director of the First UU Congregation of Ann Arbor, will lead our service about the importance of singing. He'll share his inspiring personal story and the message from the Saturday workshop.

Culture of Addiction

Sunday, October 4th, 2015
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
This Sunday, October 4, The Rev. Leonetta will offer some spiritual perspective on the culture of addiction in our times. From the casual proclamation of "I'm addicted to chocolate" to the more serious addictions that turn our daily lives into turmoil, we will hear some approaches that will offer new insights and balance to this topic.
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Simplicity

Sunday, September 27th, 2015
Cassandra Hartley
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Left of Bang: Theories and Causes of Unrest and Uprising

Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Jim Marcinkowski
From Ferguson to the "Arab Spring," both the United States and the international community always appear surprised when a spark ignites massive unrest and touches off a series of violent events. Ignoring the powder keg of underlying political, social, and economic conditions, while focusing attention and inquiry solely on the spark, will only guarantee future surprises in which terrorism as a political tactic will play a dominant role.
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Water Communion

Sunday, September 13th, 2015
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
Water Communion was first used in our UU churches around the country in the 1980s. Beth Havlik and Rev. Leonetta will co-officiate our service to include each of you, members of the wonderful tribe of CUUB. As you enter the sanctuary, you will be invited to write your water memory and joys and concerns on the raindrops available at the entrance of our sanctuary. As we follow his UU tradition, we will use water as the blessing of life that it is, using ritual, song, story, and an amazing special surprise. Children and youth please bring your backpacks for a "blessing of the backpacks" to conclude our special day of homecoming back to a new church year together.
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Green Eggs and Ham

Sunday, September 6th, 2015
Liz Firek
This Sunday's service will be "Green Eggs and Ham and, oh, by the way, Where the Hell is Matt." Join us for some fun as Liz Firek gives a presentation on our 6th principle, "the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all." Music will be provided by Debbie Rowe and Liz Firek. Following service, we will have a potluck barbeque. Hamburgers and brats from local farms will be provided.
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The Great Mystery

Sunday, August 30th, 2015
Rev. Tim Barger
Reverend Tim Barger will lead the service this Sunday with the message, "The Great Mystery." In our faith of seekers, what might we be looking for? Rev. Tim Barger will engage in some humanist-oriented God talk around the mystery of religion, spirituality, and our being solidly in this world. As in the Iris DeMent song, do we just "let the mystery be?" (UUA Principle #4, A Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning.) Sandy Kunkle is the Worship Associate and Sarah Albright, the pianist.
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The Prophethood of All Believers

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
Rev. Leonetta will be in our pulpit this Sunday to discuss the Prophethood of All Believers. James Luther Adams — Unitarian scholar, teacher, and theologian — shared this phrase that invites all of us into the process of creating our creeds and being "believers." Rev. Leonetta brings some of these teachings to be applied to our current congregational polity and plans for growing a church for ourselves and the next generation. Principle #5 — "affirm and promote the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large."
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Sarah Niedert and Janet Joseph

Sunday, August 16th, 2015
Faith
Join us this Sunday for an exploration of the word, idea, and concept of Faith. Sarah Niedert and Janet Joseph will facilitate a shared conversation about Faith with the help of quotes from great thinkers and writers throughout the ages.

The Courage to be Out of Control

Sunday, August 9th, 2015
Cassandra Hartley
This Sunday, CUUB features Unitarian Universalist minister Cassandra Hartley with her message titled "The Courage to be Out of Control". Many Christians use the phrase "Let Go and Let God," but does that have meaning for Unitarian Universalists? Let us take a look at how letting go can become a powerful spiritual practice. Janet Joseph will serve as Worship Associate.
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Lammas

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
Simon Ren
Lammas or Lughnasadh (pronounced loo-nah-sah) is the first of three autumn harvest festivals. Plants are setting their seeds already for the next year as the cycle of nature continues. The Sun (Son) still burns brightly, but already the passing of the days begins to herald the coming of Autumn.
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The New Generation Gap

Sunday, July 26th, 2015
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi will be in our pulpit to discuss generation gates and gaps. She'll provide an overview of current generational trends in Unitarian Universalist Church attendance. Together we will discern how to use gates to connect to one another rather than falling into gaps.
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Books that Have Inspired

Sunday, July 19th, 2015
Joanne Swonk and Judy Webber
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Global Warming

Sunday, July 12th, 2015
Rev. Bud Murphy
Rev. Bud Murphy will be speaking about global warming, inspired by reading "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate" by Naomi Klein.

"Forget everything you think you know about global warming. The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. The convenient truth is that we can seize this existential crisis to transform our failed economic system and build something radically better."

What role does Unitarian Universalism have to take action now and in transforming our failed economic system? What role does CUUB have? What role do you have?
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General Assembly — Re-Storying Hope

Sunday, July 5th, 2015
Rev. Alison B. Miller
The 2015 UUA General Assembly was held last week in Portland, Oregon — thousands of Unitarian Universalists gathered in community to worship and learn together and conduct the business of the denomination. This Sunday, Autumn Mahoney will bring this year's theme of "Building a New Way" back to CUUB through video excerpts from this year's worship services.
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Regional Assembly

Sunday, June 28th, 2015
Tom Voth, Lisa Clifford, and Beth Havlik
Regional assembly attendees Lisa Clifford, Tom Voth, and Beth Havlik will share their experiences from attending the recent Chicago assembly.
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Father's Day

Sunday, June 21st, 2015
Dennis Bartleman, George Walsh, and Lisa Clifford
Regular Father's Day holidays around the world can be traced back to June 19, 1910 when several clergymen gave sermons honoring fathers at their churches in Spokane, Washington. This Sunday, during CUUB's Father's Day observance, Dennis Bartleman, George Walsh, and Lisa Clifford will share stories about their fathers.

Mindfulness for Our Spiritual and Psychological Health

Sunday, June 14th, 2015
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
This Sunday, Rev. Leonetta brings us some of the newest approaches to apply to age-related functional declines, self-healing techniques for anxiety and depression, and recharging our good habits for spring. Principle #5: "We affirm and promote acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth."

The Meaning of Jesus

Sunday, June 7th, 2015
Miles Kimball
This Sunday, "The Meaning of Jesus" will be presented by Miles Kimball. Both the historical Jesus and the additional stories that grew up around him seem remarkable. How could all of this have come together without miracles, and what would that mean for us now? Among the answers must be the idea of the dignity of every human being — as against both other human beings of high social status, and as against the universe.

The End of Religion is a Beginning

Sunday, May 31st, 2015
Dr. Brent Smith
This Sunday, "The End of Religion is a Beginning" will be presented by Dr. Brent Smith. The end of religion has been heralded across time and culture since the 1600’s, and now, in the academic study of religion, it can be heard again. Understanding this declaration and the meanings it has for spiritual communities and traditions of spiritual expression is critical in the 21st century.

Memorial Day

Sunday, May 24th, 2015
Brandon Toy
We welcome Brandon Toy back to our pulpit this Sunday. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Michigan Coalition of Human Rights (MCHR.org) and is an Army Veteran who was deployed as a Military Policeman to the east side of Baghdad in the al-Muthana and Sadr City neighborhoods for all of 2005.

Monarch Butterflies

Sunday, May 17th, 2015
Debbie Jackson
Monarch Butterfly specialist Debbie Jackson will be in the pulpit to share her rewarding experiences in the effort to help this threatened species, whose population has declined by more than 80%.

After service, a light lunch will be a served for those staying for Debbie’s "Fun with Monarch Butterflies" presentation. Kids will have an opportunity to see live caterpillars — even hold them — and adult monarchs. Childcare will be available. Debbie will be selling swamp milkweed afterward.

This presentation kicks off CUUB’s project to create our own monarch waystation on our grounds as part of our efforts toward Green Sanctuary designation.
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Anam Cara

Sunday, May 10th, 2015
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
Anam Cara: Soul Friendship - The Rev. Leonetta will look at the Soul of Friendship from Mothers to Friends. The Celtic definition of soul friendships provides us with a sense to look at the important relationships in our lives. What do the boundaries around our relationship with our mothers have to do with the depth of relationships with our friends?
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Evolution of Institutions

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Bruce Gibb
This Sunday, May 3, we welcome Bruce Gibb, a member of the UU Congregation of Ann Arbor, a former Mormon, and a retired institutional psychologist from the University of Michigan, to speak on where we as Unitarian Universalists fit in the Evolution of Institutions. Using stories, Bruce will present the stages of spiritual development from tribes to modern society and beyond and a possible future vision for the movement.
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Action, Not Words

Friday, April 24th, 2015
CUUB Youth Group
The CUUB Youth Group returns this Sunday for their annual Earth Day service. Led by Don Reef and Julie Bohnhorst, their message for this service is "Action, Not Words." They will be inviting and challenging us all to make a difference and will present ideas that we can all easily participate in. They will also be sharing their gifts of music, dance, art, and reading to the service.

Fourth Principle Through Poetry

Sunday, April 19th, 2015
Sandy Kunkle, Merle Smith, Emma Havlik, Aneli Schlacht, Autumn Waack, and Caitlin Warner
Our fourth principle, "We covenant to affirm and promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning" will be expressed through poetry in the service this Sunday, April 19. The words of eight poets will fill the message. Four of CUUB's youth — Emma Havlik, Anneli Schlacht, Autumn Waack and Caitlin Warner — will read poems they have written as the Message for All Ages. Debra Rowe and Sarah Albright will provide music. Sandy Kunkle and Merle Smith will lead the service.
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Talk to the Animals

Sunday, April 12th, 2015
Rev. Karen Price
This Sunday, the Rev. Karen Price will deliver a sermon titled "Talk to the Animals" to share a message of joy and wonder regarding the presence of animals in our lives and how they care for us, encourage us, and even teach us about the divine. Terry Gannon will be the worship associate.
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Easter Walk Into the Woods

Sunday, April 5th, 2015
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
The Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi invites us to take an Easter walk 'Into the Woods' as she uses the metaphors of the current movie to unravel some of the springtime symbols and rituals celebrated today. "For lo the earth awakes again" and our joy overflows gathering in different expectations together as a community acknowledging this holy holiday.
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Second Vatican Council

Sunday, March 29th, 2015
John Schultz
On March 29, John Schultz will return to our pulpit, discussing the relatively recent paradigm shift in the Roman Catholic church starting with the second Vatican council in 1962-1965 and continuing today with the efforts of Pope Francis. Simon Ren will lead the service.

Flowing With the Tidal Waves of Justice

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015
Rev. Tom Schade
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Babble

Sunday, March 15th, 2015
Multigenerational Service
This Sunday's Service For All Ages is entitled Babble. It is loosely based on the story of the Tower of Babel. What happens when our ambition and greed overshadow our common purpose? What is the cost of seeking results over relationship? This story illustrates that, while we may get distracted by our ambition and greed, no success is very enjoyable without love and the warm spirit of community. It is an interactive and participatory service for children and adults and yes, we will be building a tower. Come early if you would like to help prepare the construction materials.

Myth and Christian Belief

Sunday, March 8th, 2015
Michael Murphy
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Abundance of Humor

Sunday, March 1st, 2015
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
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Buddhism

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
Buddhism brings complicated AND simple concepts that are useful in our approach to daily issues. Rev. Leonetta shares how Buddhism can help us master our own thoughts to lessen stress and improve productivity and break the redundant, repetitive patterns that are often symbolized on Ground Hog Day.
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15-Year Anniversary

Sunday, February 15th, 2015
Beth Havlik, Julie Bohnhorst, Hank Firek, Liz Firek, Shari Pollesch, George Walsh, Elissa Walsh
Beth Havlik, our Director of Spiritual Exploration, and Vera Batchelder will lead us in a Whole Congregational Service to celebrate our 15-year anniversary. We hope you will join us as we honor our founders, celebrate, and recommit our membership to each other.
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The Spirituality of Leadership

Sunday, February 8th, 2015
Mary Temple
This Sunday, Mary Temple will lead us as we explore a spiritual approach to leadership based on the concept of servant leadership. This approach emphasizes collaboration, trust, empathy, and the ethical use of power. At heart, the leader is a servant first, making the conscious decision to better serve others, not to increase their own power.
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Choosing Actions for a Sustainable Future

Sunday, February 1st, 2015
Debra Rowe
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Spiritual Journeys

Sunday, January 25th, 2015
Hank Firek, Carrie Kempf, Brian Havlik, and Sarah Neidert
Whenever we leave home we embark on a journey of a sort. But there are other other journeys when we intentionally set out to nourish ourselves, when we seek insight to what is happening in our lives. Occasionally, we blunder along with no particular intention and new awareness bursts upon us. This Sunday four members of the congregation, Carrie Kempf, Sarah Neidert, Hank Firek and Brian Havlik, will share their spiritual journeys. Where did they begin, what were the milestones on their paths that led them ultimately to Unitarian Universalism and CUUB? Joni Grob and Paul Cogger will furnish the music. Sandy Kunkle is the Worship Associate.
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Everything is Awesome When You Stand on the Side of Love!

Sunday, January 18th, 2015
Beth Havlik
Everything is Awesome when you Stand On the Side of Love! Beth Havlik, our Director of Spiritual Exploration, invites us to enjoy a Whole Congregational Service. We will look into The Lego Movie and see what Emmet, Martin Luther King Jr., and Unitarian Universalists have in common.
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Newer Than News

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
Rev. Tim Barger
Rev. Tim Barger will be in our pulpit with a sermon entitled "Newer Than News." Sarah Neidert will be our worship associate.

Epiphanies Both Great and Small

Sunday, January 4th, 2015
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
Rev. Leonetta begins our year together inviting us into epiphanies both great and small. Although the derivation of the word epiphany is grounded in the Christian story of the Christ figure appearing to the three wise men, today we use the word more broadly. An epiphany can be described as an 'ah ha' moment - but an ah ha moment that changes your life substantially.
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Mindful Meditation

Sunday, December 28th, 2014
Travis Waack
Please join CUUB's Sojourners Songha members Travis Waack, Denise Urban, and George Walsh as they share the experience of mindfulness meditation. They will discuss the value of practicing this ancient tradition, and how to incorporate it into your own life.
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A Visit to Mother Winter

Sunday, December 21st, 2014
Valerie Reitzel
This Sunday's service is titled "A Visit to Mother Winter (A children's story with adult implications)." Valerie Reitzel will treat us to a wonderful story from medicine woman Tela Star Hawk Lake. She will enhance this Winter Solstice story about choices and consequences experienced by two sisters, Johanna and Zelda. We will examine the symbolic language and adult implications of this potent and illustrative fable. In honor of the Yule time, we will touch on the theme of forgiveness and fortitude.
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Sexuality and Spirituality - A Calling for Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
Brian Havlik and Vera Batchelder
Our values as Unitarian Universalists compel us to create a safer environment in which people can come to understand and respond to the wonders and challenges that face them as sexual beings. To offer sexuality education in a congregation is to acknowledge that human sexuality is too important, too beautiful, and too potentially dangerous to be ignored.

Join us as Brian Havlik explains the significance of sexuality education in our congregation and invites you to think about how your sexuality and spirituality are connected. Vera Batchelder will be our worship associate.
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A Little Less Talk and A Lot More Action

Sunday, December 7th, 2014
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
Rev. Leonetta will invite us to bring our passion to our social justice work as it integrates into our daily lives and the upcoming holidays.
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Hope for Recovery from the Disease of Addiction

Sunday, November 30th, 2014
Al Sutterfield
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Silence

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
Simon Ren
Simon Ren and Lisa Clifford will contrast silence with noise. Please be prepared to express yourself silently and verbally with decorum and with enthusiasm.
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Sacred Circle of Life

Sunday, November 16th, 2014
Pastor Bud Murphy
Pastor Bud Murphy will be in our pulpit this Sunday. Richard “Bud” Murphy holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary, a M.Div. from St. John’s Provincial Seminary, and a M.A. in psychotherapy from the University of Detroit. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1967, and served three years as an associate pastor in Sterling Heights, Michigan. He then left the active priesthood and married, raised two children, and worked at a variety of jobs over a period of 30 years until 2003, when he began serving as Pastor at the Unitarian Universalist Society of the Daytona Beach Area in Florida. He retired in June of 2013 at the age of 72, but just three months later, having failed retirement, he began serving halftime as Senior Pastor for the People's Church, a UU Congregation in Ludington, MI where he plans to serve until July of 2016 when he plans to retire, really!
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To Be Filled With Gratitude

Sunday, November 9th, 2014
Rev. Karen McFarland
Several years ago, CUUB's interim minister, Reverend Karen McFarland, regularly delivered outstanding sermons. Rev. Karen, now a CUUB member and our volunteer director of music, will be in our pulpit this Sunday to ask us, In the Season of Thanksgiving, What Does it Mean to Be Filled with Gratitude?

Much of my message will be based on knowledge gained from the work of Joanna Macy, Deep Ecologist and Buddhist practitioner and scholar. Our greatest gratitude can be that we are alive on this beautiful green planet at this critical time in history. How do we experience ourselves and our pain and despair for the Earth? How do we celebrate the importance of our work to save the planet, our home, with joy? How does being a member of the CUUB community and Unitarian Universalism inform our lives and choices in this vital part of our lives? What gives us the courage, insight and compassion to keep doing our part in the Great Work?" Sandy Kunkle is the Worship Associate. Sean Caldwell is the musician.
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Of Fish Eyes and Chameleons - Understanding at Home and at Church Adaptive Leadership

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
On Sunday, Reverend Leonetta will be in our pulpit for her monthly service. Join us for ‘Of Fish Eyes and Chameleons: Understanding at Home and at Church Adaptive Leadership.” Rev. Leonetta will introduce us to a system of leadership that will weave together the goals of our minds, the compassion of our hearts, and the expected results that can affect all of us positively.
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Diwali Multigenerational Service

Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Please join us this Sunday, October 26, to celebrate Diwali during our Festival of Lights pageant. The children have worked so hard on their performances. You are in for an amazing treat!

Terrorist Trends and a Changing Middle East

Sunday, October 19th, 2014
Jim Marcinkowski
This Sunday, October 19, we welcome Jim Marcinkowski back to our pulpit to discuss Terrorist Trends and a Changing Middle East. Jim's thirty-eight year career in law enforcement and national security included service with the FBI’s Computer Systems Division, as an Operations/Intelligence specialist with the U.S. Navy, and as an overseas clandestine Operations Officer with the CIA. Marcinkowski is an adjunct professor at the Michigan Institute for Public Safety Education (MIPSE). Jim Swonk will be our worship associate.

19th Century Free Thinkers

Sunday, October 12th, 2014
Philip Carr
On October 12, Phillip Carr will be talking about important 18th and 19th century Free Thinkers, providing the groundwork for today's Humanist movement. Terry Gannon will be our worship associate. Emma Havlik and Travis Waack will perform their own original songs.

YOUR Name in the Book of Life

Sunday, October 5th, 2014
Rev. Leonetta Bugleisi
This Sunday, October 5, Rev. Leonetta will open the Book of Life - Yom Kippur service to all of us, with an invitation from the Holy Days of the Jewish Tradition. During sunset on the first of Tishri, in the 7th month of the Jewish year, Rosh Hashanah begins. This marks the New Year. Ten days of fasting and penitence called "The Days of Awe" follow and end on Yom Kippur. The Jewish community uses this time to ask for forgiveness of themselves and others. We will reflect on how forgiveness lightens our own personal spiritual heaviness, bringing us closer to one another and our internal strength. Janet Joseph will be the Worship Associate for this service.
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Youth Bridging Service

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969
CUUB Community
As is the tradition of Unitarian Universalism, we ritually recognize the youth in our congregation who are graduating high school and venturing into adulthood. We do this by creating a bridge, from our community to whatever will come, an open pathway that signifies both growth and movement, and safe way to get back home. Come let us celebrate the lives and futures of our graduating youth members together.

Sunday Service

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

Sunday Service

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969

Sunday Service

Wednesday, December 31st, 1969
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