Sunday Services at Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists

The Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists holds Sunday services every Sunday from 10:30 AM until 11:30AM all year. A typical service will include the ritual lighting of the chalice and a chalice reading, singing of hymns, spoken and silent meditation, responsive readings, a musical performance by our pianist or guest musician, the sermon/talk and closing words. The congregation participates in the service through the sharing of joys and concerns and lively discussion following the sermon, which are practices unique to Unitarian Universalism.

Because we are lay-led, our services reflect the diverse gifts of the congregation, our guest ministers and our friends. We hope you will return more than once so that you can experience the variety of Sunday morning experiences we can offer you.

After the service, we invite you to stay coffee and conversation in our Community Cafe. On the first Sunday of each month, we invite you to join us for potluck. Below is a list of upcoming sermon topics. You can read previous sermons from some of the speakers on our sermon archives page and on our Community Cafe blog.

 During the school year (September to May), we offer adult programming on most Sundays from 9:00 to 10:00 am before the regular service. You are welcome to any program on a drop-in basis.  Read More ...


May 7
Martha Sider will present "I Know This Rose Will Open" Celebrating our Flower Communion. Please bring a flower or a bunch of flowers from your garden, the roadside or the florist. We want to fill our lovely space with the beauty and scent of blooming plants.   By exchanging flowers, we recognize the beauty each of us has to offer and show our willingness to walk together in our search for truth. Each person takes home a flower brought by someone else.

The upcoming potluck (our traditional shared lunch on the first Sunday of each month) will *not* be in our sanctuary, but at Hillandale Park Shelter #5 this May.  (So perhaps you may wish to delay bringing an edible contribution on Sunday May 7 until after church.)   Rain or shine.   This potluck/picnic will start at 1:00ish giving people time to go home after church, change clothes, pick up their contribution (not necessary - you may come as you are and eat), and get to Hillandale Park.   Lincoln will provide drinks and paper products.  We will start a fire if you wish to bring something to be grilled.   This will be the sixth year we have met at this time and place (with permission of the Board).  Please come and lets all celebrate life and springtime. Lincoln Gray (graylc@jmu.edu or 540-560-8649)

This Sunday is our monthly food drive. All nonperishable foods, and household staples such as toilet paper, bath soap, etc., can be placed in our grocery cart for donation to the local food pantry, Patchwork Pantry.   (For more about Patchwork Pantry, including ways to volunteer, see http://www.patchworkpantry.org/).

May 14
Kathryn Staub, our Director of Children's Exploration will present "The Journey of Life: One Step at a Time."

May 21
Rev. Barbro Hansson will present "Myth-Conceptions," a lighthearted reflection on the meaning of "myth" and mis-conceptions in which I explore what it means to have an honest and healthy view of who and what we are as people rather than over-inflated or under-inflated ideas about ourselves.

May 28
Amy Thompson will present "Time and the Beginning."


June 4
Wonshé will present "Spiritual Imagination."

Monthly Potluck following the service.

This Sunday is our monthly food drive. All nonperishable foods, and household staples such as toilet paper, bath soap, etc., can be placed in our grocery cart for donation to the local food pantry, Patchwork Pantry.   (For more about Patchwork Pantry, including ways to volunteer, see http://www.patchworkpantry.org/).

June 11
Rev. Emma Chattin will present our service this morning.

June 18
Rev. Kirk Ballin will present "Principle Number 2: There Is Only One Sin."

June 25
Ray Hertzler will present our service this morning.