Christmas Eve Candlelight Service with story, music, and song.
Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Furrer
A Christmas pageant replete with heartless innkeepers, barnyard animals, many little pagans, and favorite carols. Should be fun!
Rev. Furrer will preach on how to focus on the good stuff and ignore the commercial overkill of Christmas.
The evolution of Christmas from an outlawed and unfashionable affair into the American commercial extravaganza we have today—and every day from mid-November through early January.
An attempt , first, to weave together notes on Hanukkah, Christmas, and breakthrough moments of deep insight engendering total esthetic synthesis: what the French poet Charles Baudelaire called synesthesia. And secondly, a little something about the Unitarian poet ee cummings as preface to excerpts from … read more.
What, if anything, does the story of the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving tell us about the emerging America, both of 1621 and of 2018: nearly four hundred years later but confronted with many of the same seemingly intractable issues. Reverend Furrer, descended from four of those … read more.
Recognizing that all oppressions are connected, Rev. Furrer will preach this morning about one in particular: racism. The Unitarian Universalist Association has made a committed effort since 1992 to study how race has effected our movement—and us as members of that movement—and to take concrete … read more.
The Hindu holiday of Diwali provides a lens through which to view and contemplate the many salient issues at play in the upcoming election on November 6.
I want to preach this morning on the upcoming election. The New England divines who more or less … read more.
Día de los Muertos is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and the people of Mexican heritage elsewhere. Congregants are encouraged to bring pictures and favorite articles of their friends and family members who have died to be put on a colorful makeshift ofrenda in the … read more.
Rev. Furrer’s second chapter on our ESUC history, focuses on the acquisition of our current property and, in particular, on the old farmhouse at its heart: Holly House.
In order to understand Holly House, and the emotional significance it holds for most East Shore members, … read more.
Part 1 of Rev. Stephen Furrer’s History of ESUC will focus on the state of Unitarianism in the years immediately following World War II and how Rev. Lon Ray Call (ESUC’s first Minister) launched this congregation—and over a hundred others across the USA.
“The Fellowship Movement”
Between … read more.
Rev. Furrer talks about what we are—or should be—about and outlines some of the changes he will be making in our weekly Order of Service.
“The Value of Ritual”
September 30, 2018
Whenever I think about ritual, I think of Rabbi Jerome Molino of Danbury, CT. I’ve mentioned … read more.
Rev. Furrer outlines what he considers to be the four, interlocking foci of healthy, dynamic congregations: worship & the celebration of life, caring community, religious education, and ethical reflection & moral action.
After 11:00 a.m. worship, join Rev. Furrer for a talkback to discuss this sermon … read more.
Among the Northwest Indians and those who value their wisdom and sensitivity regarding the Interdependent Web, the Native Salmon Symbol symbolizes abundance, fertility, prosperity, and renewal. Join Reverend Furrer and the rest of ESUC as we begin our church year. Followed by ESUC’s annual Salmon … read more.
A sermon on the value of seriously contributing one’s time and energy for the betterment and uplift of others—and how that is central to Unitarian Universalism.
“The Call of Service”
September 2, 2018
I want to talk this morning about service; about the value of contributing one’s time … read more.