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Upcoming Services

At 10:00 am on Sundays, our worship service video will be here on the homepage of our website and it will be available anytime after that during the week. The video will also be available on the Eliot Chapel YouTube channel where you can find past services as well.

 

June 6, 2021

Back to the Future: The Purposes of Time Travel

Rev. Barbara H. Gadon

Thirty-six years have passed since this iconic film was released in 1985 – longer than Marty McFly travels to encounter his parents as teenagers. What does this movie say to us now? And why are we so in love with time travel?

 

 

 

June 13, 2021

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – “Saving What We Love”

Rev. Kristin Grassel Schmidt, UU Church of Silver Spring, MD, and

Rev. Christian Schmidt, UU Church of the Brazos Valley in Bryan, TX

 

"We're going to win this war not by fighting what we hate,

but saving what we love." —Rose

 

In this Star Wars movie, the eighth of the mega-franchise, this startling quote appears. It speaks a truth to our anti-racist efforts we all need to be reminded of: we have to save, even create, the community we love, not just fight against the things we hate. Our anti-racist work is incomplete if it doesn't include joy, love, and community.

 

 

 

June 20, 2021

Frozen II: The Fifth Spirit and the Making of a Future We Cannot See

Rev. William Levwood, Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee

 

We live in a time in which a shocking amount of lies and deceit fill the airwaves. It's equally as shocking to come to terms with how normal this is in the United States of America, how so much of our history has been distorted to fit a grand national narrative built largely on lies. The movie Frozen II gives us an opportunity to reveal the truth about our past and, in doing so, to participate in the making of a future we cannot see.

 

 

LIVE!

Sunday, June 27 – 11:00 am

Until Love Wins: General Assembly Worship Service 

 

Today’s challenging times require a nimble and resilient spirituality. We need a demanding, inspiring faith and a love strong enough that it will not let us go. Join us as we draw the circle wide, gather our strength, and promise to stay in the struggle and joy until love wins. Join thousands of UUs across the country for this special General Assembly worship service.

 

 

July 4, 2021

"To Be Free or Free From"

Rev. Jennifer Innis and Amy Popp, CRE, UU Church of Peoria, IL

 

President Franklin Roosevelt spoke of the Four Freedoms in 1941, including freedom of speech, freedom to worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. Author Margot Lee Shetterly names these freedoms in her account of the Black women who advanced the effort to send people to space. We explore freedom from want as found in the movie, Hidden Figures, and how moving beyond such oppression brings us closer to the stars.

 

 

July 11, 2021

Shawshank Redemption: “Revisiting Redemption”

Rev. Sean Parker-Dennison and Allison Cole Duren-Sutherland, Rogue Valley UU Fellowship, Ashland, OR

 

What have we learned since 1994 when The Shawshank Redemption was released? How does what we've learned about the history of incarceration, the experience of pandemic, the shifts and conflicts in our nation, the persistence of white supremacy, and all that we have learned about ourselves change our experience of the film's message that "hope is a dangerous thing?"

 

 

July 18, 2021

Tootsie: "Makeover and Transformation”

Rev. Linda Barnes and Sarah Dan Jones, Starr King UU Fellowship, Plymouth, NH

Stories can tell our hearts what our heads fail to comprehend. Tootsie, a romantic comedy from 1982, does just that. It offers an opportunity to understand the cost of gender roles and expectations and how these truths get complicated by attraction, identity, and agency. Join us as we explore, in conversation, how this movie spoke to who we were and who we are.

 

 

July 25, 2021

Adventures in Misunderstanding: Lessons from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy and the worship staff at the Fox Valley UU Fellowship in Appleton, WI

This classic Tim Burton stop-motion animation movie tells the story of Halloween Town and one resident's desire for something more in life. But ultimately he discovers he needs to be true to himself and his community! Join us for an exploration of the themes of this family-friendly story of holidays, culture, communication, self-exploration, and striving for more.

 

 

August 1, 2021

Into the Wild: “A Place Apart”

Rev. Zackrie Vinczen of Cedars Unitarian Universalist Church on Bainbridge Island, Washington

Our woundedness can cause us to take solace in isolation and create a place apart. In the movie (and book) Into the Wild this sort of separation is exactly what the protagonist Chris McCandles sets out to find—a world removed from pain and people. Join us as we consider the implications that flow from creating such a place apart and the deeper pain such isolation can cause.

 

 

August 8, 2021

Bruce Almighty: Give Me A Sign

Rev. Lara Campbell, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Kennebunk, Maine

Throughout the ages, we humans have been flinging our arms to the heavens, crying out “give me a sign!” Join our guest Rev. Lara Campbell as we explore the idea of signs.