The living tradition, which we share, draws from many sources:
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 that create and uphold life.
Words and deeds of prophetic women and men, which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.
Wisdom from the world's religions, which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.
Jewish and Christian teachings, which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.
Humanist teachings, which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.
Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions, which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.
The Real Masterpiece
“Sometimes when you no longer see yourself as the hero of your own drama, expecting victory after victory, and you understand deeply that this is not paradise. Somehow, especially the privileged ones that we are, we somehow embrace the notion that this veil of tears, that it’s perfectible, that you can get it all straight. I found that things became a lot easier when I no longer expected to win. I tried to put this into that song called A Thousand Kisses Deep. When you understand that, you abandon your masterpiece and you sink into the real masterpiece.”
- Leonard Cohen
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
Service and Event Schedule
"My Religion" - Rev. Richard Kellaway
Rev. Richard Kellaway is Minister Emeritus at First Unitarian Church in New Bedford, Massachusetts, having retired from Parish Ministry in 1999. He earned his Bachelors degree in Parish Ministry and Community Ministry in the mid 1950's and has served for more than 50 years since his ordination in 1961. He has been a regular speaker at UUCN for a number of years, always bringing thought-provoking and interesting sermons on Unitarian Universalism and the question that life asks us to answer.
Join us this Sunday for another excellent and approachable sermon - all are welcome!
Annual Water Communion
Our 2017 - 2018 Service Year kicked off on Sunday, September 10 at 10 am with our Annual Water Communion.
The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. UU Norwich now holds a Water Communion each year at the beginning of the new church year in September.
Members brought to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them, or a place they've visited during the summer. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one poured their water together into our special bottle.
As the water was added, the person who brought it told why the water was special to them, including short stories about their travels and experiences from the summer.
The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. It was blessed by the congregation, and we will use it in ceremonies and other events throughout the service year.