January Worship Services

January’s worship theme is “Free and Responsible Search for Truth and Meaning”

January 1 – “Fireworks”   On this first day we come to remember, mourn and celebrate this past year. Join us in a ritual of fire as we clear the slate and prepare for what is coming.  Rev. Aija Simpson will be preaching in this multi-gen service.  Nursery care will be provided.

If the Facebook community has anything to say about it, 2016 is a year we’re all looking forward to putting behind us. But we are not the first to stand expectantly on the brink of a new year. Music director David M. Glasgow shares service music, and a couple of special vocal pieces, that honor both of Janus’s faces as reflect on the year’s challenges and look toward a hopeful future.


January 8 –  “In Process”  Many Unitarian Universalists reject the language of creation. We reject the notion that all of the world was made in one moment. But what if we think of creation not as a moment but as a process. And what if the creators were us?  Rev. Aija Simpson will be preaching  with worship associate Michele Burton.


January 15 –  “What Will You Do”  As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr we ask ourselves how we will live up to his legacy. Rev. Aija Simpson will be preaching  with worship associate Gisela Roethke.

On this poignant Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the beginning of inauguration week, the UUCV Combo supports congregational singing with a gospel touch; the UUCV Choir shares André Thomas’s setting of Langston Hughes “I Dream a World,” and Harrisburg theatre personality Jeremy Patterson joins the Choir for a powerful re-statement of a timeless gospel classic.


January 22 – “What Story Will We Tell” Just two days after the inauguration, we’ll explore how our personal and national narrative might unfold in the coming months. How will we shape that story as we step forward into this challenging moment in our history?  Guest Speaker Norman Allen will be preaching with Worship Associate Dick Poland.

An award-winning playwright, Norman Allen has seen his work produced by the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center, and other venues in the Washington, DC area, as well as at theatres in Prague, Tokyo, Cape Town, and Budapest. His essays can be found on spirit-oriented websites such as OnBeing, OnFaith, and Tikkun, and in leading print publications, such as the Washington Post and Smithsonian and Yes! magazines. He serves as Intern Minister at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, MD, and is completing his studies at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.


January 29 – “A Good Lie?”  We affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Is there such a thing as irresponsible truth? What about responsible falsehoods?  Rev. Aija Simpson will be preaching  with worship associate Cheryl Parsons.


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