All Services

Here are all our previous service posts; some are the full text of the service.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - “No matter what message you are about to deliver somewhere, whether it is holding out a hand of friendship, or making clear that you disapprove of something, is the fact that the person sitting across the table is a human being, so the goal is to always establish common ground.” – Madeleine Albright Our services … Continue reading Sunday, September 24, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - “Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in heart forever.” – Native American Proverb   Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m.  at the Progressive Women’s Association Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. There are … Continue reading Sunday, September 17, 2017
Sunday, September 10, 2017 - “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.” – Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m.  at the Progressive Women’s Association Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. There … Continue reading Sunday, September 10, 2017
Sunday, September 3, 2017: French Creek Wildlife Center - We have Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. This month, we will gather at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center at French Creek at 11 a.m. for a short service, followed by a potluck picnic, conversation, and visiting the animals. Please email westforkuu@gmail.com if you would like to carpool. … Continue reading Sunday, September 3, 2017: French Creek Wildlife Center
Sunday August 27, 2016 - “Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m.  at the Progressive Women’s Association Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. There are classes for children and adults 10 to 10:45 am, and a coffee gathering before … Continue reading Sunday August 27, 2016
Sunday, August 20, 2017 - “The Principles are not dogma or doctrine, but rather a guide for those of us who choose to join and participate in Unitarian Universalist religious communities.” – Rev. Barbara Wells ten Hove Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m.  at the Progressive Women’s Association Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. There … Continue reading Sunday, August 20, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017: Weeding and Not Weeding - The summer routines of yard maintenance bring us into direct contact with nature, with the living things that inhabit the space around us. Some can bring us great joy, others perhaps less so. And so we must decide when to weed, and when not to weed. These decisions we make are part of our spiritual … Continue reading Sunday, August 13, 2017: Weeding and Not Weeding
Sunday, August 6, 2017: Audra State Park - We have Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. This month, we will gather at Audra State Park at 11 a.m. for a short service, followed by a potluck picnic, conversation, and walking or swimming in the Middle Fork River. Please email westforkuu@gmail.com if you would like to carpool. We … Continue reading Sunday, August 6, 2017: Audra State Park
Sunday, July 30, 2017: Pagan Pride Day - We have Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. This month, we also have an additional outing on the last Sunday of the month. We will staff an information booth at the Morgantown Pagan Pride Day at Mason-Dixon Historical Park in Core, West Virginia, from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. … Continue reading Sunday, July 30, 2017: Pagan Pride Day
Sunday, July 23, 2017 - "All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." - Charles M. Schulz 
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - “Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh” Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m.  at the Progressive Women’s Association Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington … Continue reading Sunday, July 16, 2017
Sunday, July 9, 2017 - “Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations points us toward something beyond inherent worth and dignity. It points us to the larger community. It gets at collective responsibility. It reminds us that treating people as human beings is not simply something we do one-on-one, but something that has systemic implications and can inform our entire … Continue reading Sunday, July 9, 2017
Sunday, July 2, 2017: Watters Smith Memorial State Park - We have Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. This month, we will gather at Watters Smith Memorial State Park at 11 a.m. for a short service, followed by a potluck picnic, conversation, and hiking the trails. We will meet at the Pioneer shelter in the picnic area near the … Continue reading Sunday, July 2, 2017: Watters Smith Memorial State Park
Sunday, June 25, 2017 - Prelude: “Beauty in You” by Meg Barnhouse   Welcome: Wind, Water, Sun By Seth Carrier-Ladd Chalice Lighting: The Pride Flame By Linda Lee Franson   Song: Gathered Here Rainbow Principles: Respect the importance of all beings. Offer fair and kind treatment to all. Yearn to learn throughout life. Grow by exploring ideas and values together. Believe … Continue reading Sunday, June 25, 2017
Sunday, June 18, 2017: Genealogy as a Spiritual Practice -   Doing family history well requires stepping into many different cultures to understand what your ancestors were doing and why, to unravel the threads of where people were, where they came from, who they married, how they lived, and what motivated them. As in science fiction, travel, and meditation, it gives you a different frame, … Continue reading Sunday, June 18, 2017: Genealogy as a Spiritual Practice
Sunday, June 11, 2017: Creeds and Other Tests of Faith - Credo — I believe. A statement of faith, a declaration of unity among religious kin, a test to confirm that all who are members agree on what is important. Unitarian Universalism has proclaimed itself a “creedless” religion. We have no stated dogma, no tests for membership. Yet both Unitarianism and Universalism have at times supported … Continue reading Sunday, June 11, 2017: Creeds and Other Tests of Faith
Coopers Rock overlook Sunday, June 4, 2017: Coopers Rock State Forest - Prelude – Wildflowers by Dolly Parton with Emmylou Harris &Linda Ronstadt Chimes Opening for Flower Communion By Thomas Rhodes  Announcements Greeting:  #361  “Enter Rejoice and Come In”   Greet your neighbor in any way you feel comfortable, as we sing this familiar song.  Chalice Lighting: Infinite Spirit of Life, we ask thy blessing on these By … Continue reading Sunday, June 4, 2017: Coopers Rock State Forest
Sunday May 28, 2017 - “All around us lies what we neither understand nor use. Our capacities, our instincts for this our present sphere are but half developed. Let us confine ourselves to that till the lesson be learned; let us be completely natural; before we trouble ourselves with the supernatural. I never see any of these things but I … Continue reading Sunday May 28, 2017
Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Prelude: “GONNA BUILD A MOUNTAIN” from Stop The World I Want to Get Off Composed by Bricusse and Newley  Performed by Penn Yan Community Chorus Welcome: “You come into the world with nothing, and the purpose of your life is to make something out of nothing.”  – Henry Louis Mencken Chalice Lighting: Global Chalice Lighting … Continue reading Sunday, May 21, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017: Hypocrite! - Hypocrite: it’s an ugly word, a vicious word. It’s a word I heard a lot when I was young. It’s a word I hear a lot lately, spat as if a weapon against someone we think is merely pretending to believe something they truly do not, is not truly living up to the beliefs they … Continue reading Sunday, May 14, 2017: Hypocrite!
Sunday May 7, 2017: Pura Vida! -

“​A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”- Marcus Garvey “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman   Sunday our youth […]

Sunday April 30, 2017 - “​A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”- Marcus Garvey “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” – Harriet Tubman   Sunday our youth … Continue reading Sunday April 30, 2017
Sunday April 23, 2017 - I enjoy the cleaning up—something about the getting of things in order for winter—making the garden secure—a battening down of hatches perhaps… It just feels right. —David Hobson This Sunday Cricket will explore cleaning as a Spiritual Practice.  We would love to have you come worship with us. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. … Continue reading Sunday April 23, 2017
Flower Ceremony and Egg Hunt: Sunday April 16, 2017 -

Today we are celebrating our Flower Ceremony created by Dr. Norbert Čapek for the Liberal Religious Fellowship he founded in Prague, then Czechoslavakia, in 1925, and which became the largest Unitarian Church in the world. Lunch and egg hunt after the service.

Sunday April 9, 2017 - We have a special guest this Sunday. Andrew McKnight, former environmental engineer turned award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist from the foot of northern Virginia’s Blue Ridge. His musical journey is nearing a million miles of America’s blue highways and scenic backwaters. His music and messages are infused with great reverence and warmth for the human journey and … Continue reading Sunday April 9, 2017
Sunday April 2, 2017 -   “Your worth consists in what you are and not in what you have.” – Thomas A. Edison This Sunday, John Hall will be discussing the first principle with his lesson “Measuring up: What is Worthy?” We would love to have you come worship with us. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the … Continue reading Sunday April 2, 2017
Sunday March 26, 2017 - Prelude: Persephone Smiles by Heather Jinmaku Welcome: Springtime Call to Worship By Susan Davison Archer The earth is warming, the birdsong increases, the sweeter breezes brush our cheeks, and the earth holds hope in its seeds and buds. Come, let us gather this morning, with joyful noise, with warm hearts, and with hopeful spirits, for … Continue reading Sunday March 26, 2017
Sunday March 19, 2017: The Doctrine of Love - But, says the reader, is it likely that persecution ever rose from men’s believing, that God was an enemy to wicked man? Undoubtedly; for had all professors of Christianity believed that God had compassion on the ignorant and those who are out of the way, how could they have persecuted those whom they believe in error?
Sundial Sunday March 12 2017: Saving Daylight - Prelude: Here Comes the Sun – George Harrison Welcome: Here in this sanctuary – Jack Mendelsohn Welcome to this community. Here in this sanctuary of ancient dreams and wisdom and beauty we come to grow, to be healed, to stretch mind and heart, to be challenged, renewed; to be helped in our own continuing struggles … Continue reading Sunday March 12 2017: Saving Daylight
Sunday February 26 2017: Church! What Is It Good For? - "When our values are threatened, a congregation is an anchor against despair." - Doug Muder in UU World
Sunday February 19, 2017 - “Indeed our survival and liberation depend upon our recognition of the truth when it is spoken and lived by the people. If we cannot recognize the truth, then it cannot liberate us from untruth. To know the truth is to appropriate it, for it is not mainly reflection and theory. Truth is divine action entering … Continue reading Sunday February 19, 2017
Sunday February 12, 2017 - Prelude: P!NK “Don’t Let me Get Me” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asaCQOZpqUQ Welcome: “All That Lies Within You” by Angela Herrera Consider this an invitation To you. Yes-you With all your happiness And all of your burdens, Your hopes and regrets. An invitation if you feel good today, And an invitation if you do not, If you are aching- … Continue reading Sunday February 12, 2017
Sunday February 5, 2017: Democratic Process - Prelude: Heyr himna smiður – Árstíðir [Heyr, himna smiður (Hear, Smith of the Heavens) was written by the Icelandic chieftain and poet Kolbeinn Tumason, according to tradition, on his deathbed in 1208 AD. Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson set the poem to music in 1973. This recording features the Icelandic “Indie Rock” group Árstíðir. For more information, see … Continue reading Sunday February 5, 2017: Democratic Process
Sunday January 29, 2017 - Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi
Sunday January 22 2017: Our UU Presidents - Four of our Presidents were members of Unitarian congregations, and a fifth famously said he would have to be “a Unitarian by myself” for lack of a congregation nearby. Lisa deGruyter will talk about them, and share some of their beliefs, on this Inaugural weekend Sunday. We would love to have you come worship with … Continue reading Sunday January 22 2017: Our UU Presidents
Sunday January 8, 2017 - Prelude:  Willow by Heather Jinmaku Welcome: Do Not Be Alone Right Now By Karen G. Johnston Do not be alone right now. Gather together. Gathering together grows courage: in ourselves and in others who see the numbers swelling. It is a small thing, but right now it is an important thing. Great sources of wisdom … Continue reading Sunday January 8, 2017
Sunday January 1, 2017 - ​Brunch! New Year’s Brunch! Potluck New Year’s Brunch!  We want to start off 2017 right, by having a potluck brunch. Come and join us for good fellowship and food. We will have a small devotion provided by Cricket. We will start at 10:30 AM.  Our services are Sundays (usually at 11 a.m.) at the Progressive … Continue reading Sunday January 1, 2017
Sunday December 25, 2016 - Each night a child is born is a holy night. Come celebrate with us Christmas morning. Bring a candle to light, and, if you like, Christmas goodies to share at coffee hour. We would love to have you come worship with us. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Event … Continue reading Sunday December 25, 2016
Sunday December 18, 2016 - If you were unable to come on Sunday, we missed you! See what you missed here.
Sunday December 11, 2016 - Buddhism and Unitarian Universalism value many of the same things, including experiential practice, study and self-inquiry, mindful awareness cultivation, insightful wisdom development, and loving-kindness, combined with active compassion in the world. This is the heart of sacred activism—empowering, educating, edifying, elevating, transforming, and liberating.
Swallow Falls State Park, Oakland, MD Sunday December 4, 2016: Walking In the Woods - Prelude: Heyr himna smiður – Árstíðir [Heyr, himna smiður (Hear, Smith of the Heavens) was written by the Icelandic chieftain and poet Kolbeinn Tumason, according to tradition, on his deathbed in 1208 AD. Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson set the poem to music in 1973. This recording features the Icelandic “Indie Rock” group Árstíðir. For more information, see … Continue reading Sunday December 4, 2016: Walking In the Woods
Sunday, November 27, 2016: NO SERVICE - There will be no Sunday service at West Fork Unitarian Universalists on Sunday, November 27, 2016. We suggest that WFUU members and friends attend the Morgantown Fellowship‘s Sunday service that day. Our normal schedule will resume on Sunday, December 4, 2016.
Sunday November 20, 2016: Joy in the Moment - Prelude: Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens Welcome: Look To This Day by Kalidasa Look to this day: For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course Lie all the verities and realities of your existence. The bliss of growth, The glory of action, The splendor of beauty Are but experiences … Continue reading Sunday November 20, 2016: Joy in the Moment
Sunday November 13, 2016 - We live in a world where things can go wrong at any moment. the future is uncertain, but we can gain peace now.
Sunday November 6, 2016 - "Our task is to be who we are, in every way we can be; our salvation proceeding in putting ourselves back together after each tumble...We irridesce, shine, and radiate. We exclaim and roar: we are." By Kenneth L. Patton
Sunday October 30, 2015 - Our service this week will be about the pagan sabbat of Samhain. The harvest had ended. Fall has begun. Winter is coming. And yet, this is the time of hope as we connect to our past and look foward to our future . Namaste,  Cricket 
Sunday 23 October 2016: Joy in the Moment - Between our fears for the future and our regrets of the past, we often forget to find joy in the moment. This Sunday we will rejoice, and Lisa deGruyter will talk about spiritual practices for being in the moment. We would love to have you come celebrate and worship with us.  Please join us  at … Continue reading Sunday 23 October 2016: Joy in the Moment
Sunday October 9, 2016 - ​This Sunday Cricket will lead us in a worship service focusing on the words of Audre Lorde and the inspiration found within them as we work to build a more fair and peaceful world.
Martha and Waitstill Sharp Sunday, October 4, 2016: Defying the Nazis - Welcome: To Remind Ourselves What Is Real, By Elena Westbrook In a world ravaged by violence, by hatred, by conflicts that seem eternal and insoluble, sometimes the only thing we can do is be still for a moment to remind ourselves what is real: the sun that rose this morning, the dirt under our feet, … Continue reading Sunday, October 4, 2016: Defying the Nazis
Sunday September 25, 2016 - ​Our youth and children will explore journeys in literature and faith. The service will be fun and interactive. We would love to have you come worship with us. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. Our Religious Education/ Life … Continue reading Sunday September 25, 2016
Sunday September 18, 2016: Veteran’s Park - We have Spiritual Outings on the third Sunday during the summer. This month, we will gather at the Hilltop Shelter at the Veterans’ Memorial Park in Clarksburg at 11 a.m. for a short service, followed by a potluck picnic, conversation, and walking the trail by the river. The picnic area, trail, and restrooms are wheelchair-accessible. … Continue reading Sunday September 18, 2016: Veteran’s Park
Sunday September 11, 2016 - Cricket Hall will lead us in a service about the 4th Principle which is a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We would love to have you come worship with us. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the … Continue reading Sunday September 11, 2016
Sunday, September 4, 2016: Love in a Time of Fear and Loathing - Prelude: Once to Every Man and Nation Welcome: Thich Nhat Hanh (SLT 505) Let us be at peace with our bodies and our minds. Let us return to ourselves and become wholly ourselves. Let us be aware of the source of being, common to us all and to all living things. Evoking the presence of … Continue reading Sunday, September 4, 2016: Love in a Time of Fear and Loathing
Sunday August 28, 2016: Mother Jones Alive - In 1902 she was “the most dangerous woman in America”. Mary Harris Jones, commonly known as “Mother Jones”, was an Irish immigrant, a refugee of the “Great Famine”. Widowed in 1867 when her husband and four young children died of yellow fever, she became a champion of the rights of children and a tireless labor … Continue reading Sunday August 28, 2016: Mother Jones Alive
Sunday August 21, 2016: Audra State Park - We have Spiritual Outings on the third Sunday during the summer. This month, we will gather at Audra State Park at 11 a.m. for a short service, followed by a potluck picnic, conversation, and walking or swimming in the river. The picnic area and restrooms are wheelchair-accessible, but the restroom is some way from parking, … Continue reading Sunday August 21, 2016: Audra State Park
Sunday August 14, 2016 - Prelude: Little Earthquakes by Tori Amos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqnssBkUSS8 Welcome: Committed to Respond By Lynn Harrison Committed to respond to the call of a wounded world… We join together this day with loving hearts, hands and minds. Embracing the interconnected web of water, air and earth… We light a fire of sustaining hope, ever bright with love … Continue reading Sunday August 14, 2016
6 Turning Leaves Sunday August 7, 2016: Redemptive Art? - Prelude: Amarillo by Morning – George Strait Welcome: We gather together to face ourselves honestly, By Philip Larson We gather together to face ourselves honestly, to forgive ourselves gently, to love one another fervently. Chalice lighting: For every time we make a mistake, By Maureen Killoran For every time we make a mistake and we … Continue reading Sunday August 7, 2016: Redemptive Art?
Tygart River Lake and Dam Sunday July 31, 2016: Tygart Lake State Park - We have Spiritual Outings on the third Sunday during the summer. This month, we have changed to the last Sunday because so many of us are in a theater production on the third Sunday. We will gather at Tygart Lake State Park at 11 a.m. for a short service, followed by a potluck picnic, conversation, … Continue reading Sunday July 31, 2016: Tygart Lake State Park
Sunday July 24, 2016 - Cricket Hall will lead us in a service about spiritual practice of touchstones and how they help us connect to “that which is not us”. We would love to have you come worship with us. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, … Continue reading Sunday July 24, 2016
Sunday July 17, 2016 - Prelude: Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony 2nd Movement  Welcome: “Belief must be something different from a mixture of opinions about God and the world, and of precepts for one life or for two. Piety cannot be an instinct craving for a mess of metaphysical and ethical crumbs.” ― Friedrich Schleiermacher, On Religion: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers … Continue reading Sunday July 17, 2016
Sunday July 10, 2016 - Welcome  – Mission and Covenant   Our Mission Be a beacon and a refuge for all Worship joyfully Grow in spirit Touch our community Our Covenant Love is the doctrine of this church, The quest of truth is our sacrament, and service is our prayer. To dwell together in peace, To seek knowledge in freedom, … Continue reading Sunday July 10, 2016
Sunday, July 3, 2016: Science, Religion, and the Keys to Happiness - Prelude: Closer to Fine – Indigo Girls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUgwM1Ky228 Welcome: I went to the doctor, I went to the mountains I looked to the children, I drank from the fountains There’s more than one answer to these questions Pointing me in a crooked line And the less I seek my source for some definitive The closer … Continue reading Sunday, July 3, 2016: Science, Religion, and the Keys to Happiness
Sunday, June 26, 2016: In All Thy Getting, Get Understanding - “In All Thy Getting, Get Understanding” Our service this morning consisted of the live feed of the Sunday morning worship service at the 2016 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association in Columbus, Ohio.
Sunday, June 19, 2016: Prickett’s Fort State Park - We have Spiritual Outings on the third Sunday during the summer. This month, we will gather at Prickett’s Fort State Park at 11 a.m. for a short service in the graveyard, followed by a potluck picnic, conversation, and walking or a visit to the replica pioneer fort. The fort and restrooms are wheelchair-accessible. Please email … Continue reading Sunday, June 19, 2016: Prickett’s Fort State Park
Sunday June 12, 2016: Each Person is Important - “Each Person is Important” — this Sunday the children of the congregation will conduct the service. We would love to have you come worship with us. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. Our Religious Education/Life Long Learning Class … Continue reading Sunday June 12, 2016: Each Person is Important
Sunday June 5, 2016 - Cricket Hall will reminisce about on of her favorite things as a child, her Grandmother’s Candy Dish and how that can and does relate to her faith. We would love to have you come worship with us. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown … Continue reading Sunday June 5, 2016
Sunday, May 29, 2016: Kanawha State Forest - We and the other congregations in the Appalachian Cluster have been invited to join the Charleston UU congregation for their annual retreat in Kanawha State Forest.  We will have no RE or service in Clarksburg.  Email westforkuu@gmail.com if you would like to carpool. May 29 – WEEKEND IN THE FOREST   (no service at UUC) Rev. … Continue reading Sunday, May 29, 2016: Kanawha State Forest
Dissenter of Sidmouth Sunday, May 22, 2016: Dissent, Heresy, and Innovation - Unv Prelude Galileo – Indigo Girls Welcome The beauty of the whole – Meg Barnhouse We gather to worship, our hearts alive with hope that here we will be truly seen, that here we will be welcomed into the garden of this community, where the simple and the elegant, the fluted and frilled, the shy … Continue reading Sunday, May 22, 2016: Dissent, Heresy, and Innovation
Sunday, May 15, 2016: French Creek Wildlife Center - We have Spiritual Outings on the third Sunday during the summer. This month, we will gather at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center in French Creek at 11 a.m. for a short service, followed by a potluck picnic, conversation, and a walk around the elk, bison, wolves, and other animals. The trail and restrooms are … Continue reading Sunday, May 15, 2016: French Creek Wildlife Center
Sunday May 8, 2016 – Full Service - Prelude: Perfect by Pink Welcome: Even in the most broken places, there is room for love By Becky Brooks Mother’s Day is complicated. Joyful for many, yes, but complicated. It’s right there on the calendar, even if your mother has died. Even if you’ve been told, yet again, that you’re still not pregnant; or if … Continue reading Sunday May 8, 2016 – Full Service
Sunday, May 1, 2016 - Note: Venue change. We will be meeting at Lisa and Robert’s house. Email us at westforkuu@gmail.com for directions. International Labour Day 2016, May Day, the first day of the month of May is celebrated all over the world with utmost importance. The day is also known as the International Worker’s Day which has a historic … Continue reading Sunday, May 1, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016: Frontier Faith and a God of Love - Prelude: Morning Prayer by Hosea Ballou Sung by Second Ireland Sacred Harp Singers Welcome Hosea Ballou said “Man, being not only a religious, but also a social being, requires for the promotion of his rational happiness religious institutions, which, while they give a proper direction to devotion, at the same time make a wise, and … Continue reading Sunday, April 24, 2016: Frontier Faith and a God of Love
Sunday, April 17, 2016: The Power of Touch - The Power of Touch, with service leader John Hall We would love to have you come worship with us. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. There are classes for children and adults 10 to 10:45 am, and a … Continue reading Sunday, April 17, 2016: The Power of Touch
Mounted Knight Sunday April 10, 2016: Our Quests and Spiritual Journeys - Prelude Tri Martolod – Alan Stivell Welcome The beauty of the whole – Meg Barnhouse We gather to worship, our hearts alive with hope that here we will be truly seen, that here we will be welcomed into the garden of this community, where the simple and the elegant, the fluted and frilled, the shy … Continue reading Sunday April 10, 2016: Our Quests and Spiritual Journeys
Sunday April 3, 2016: In the Body of This World - Prelude: Lauryn Hill “Mystery of Iniquity” Welcome:  Chalice Lighting: Chalice Lighting for Challenging Times By Lisa Doege “Why a flaming chalice?” the question comes. It’s the cup of life, we answer. A cup of blessings overflowing. A cup of water to quench our spirits’ thirst. A cup of wine for celebration and dedication. The flame … Continue reading Sunday April 3, 2016: In the Body of This World
Flower Communion and Egg Hunt: Sunday March 27, 2016 - Prelude Mother Spirit Father Spirit Norbert Čapek, sung by Waco UUC Welcome Today we are celebrating our Flower Communion, which was created by Dr. Norbert Čapek for the Liberal Religious Fellowship he founded in Prague, then Czechoslavakia, in 1925, and which became the largest Unitarian Church in the world. He sought a ceremony that would … Continue reading Flower Communion and Egg Hunt: Sunday March 27, 2016
Sunday March 20, 2016: Self Esteem - Prelude:   Welcome: This morning we have treat for you. Some of our young people have worked together to prepare this morning’s service. Come into this circle of community. Come into this sacred space. By Andrew Pakula Come into this circle of community. Come into this sacred space. Be not tentative. Bring your whole self! Bring … Continue reading Sunday March 20, 2016: Self Esteem
Sunday March 13, 2016: Firsts Aren’t the Only Thing - Prelude: Balm in Gilead by Nina Simone Welcome: History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside. John F. Kennedy Chalice Lighting:UU Heritage Chalice Lighting By Elizabeth M Strong Our Unitarian heritage bids us light our chalice In … Continue reading Sunday March 13, 2016: Firsts Aren’t the Only Thing
Sunday March 6, 2016: The Spirit of the Broken - Prelude   “Will I” from RENT “I Bet My Life” by Imagine Dragons Welcome – Come into this circle of love and justice By Marilyn J Sewell Come into this circle of love and justice, Come into this community where we can dream and Believe in those dreams— Come into this holy space where we remember who … Continue reading Sunday March 6, 2016: The Spirit of the Broken
Sunday, February 28, 2016: Ten Irrational Ideas, Suffering, and Love - Welcome Prelude: Secure Yourself to Heaven – Indigo Girls Chalice Lighting World Chalice Lighting for February —Rev. Dr. Ian Ellis-Jones Australian and New Zealand Unitarian Universalist Association We light this Chalice, a living symbol of the one Life that animates and sustains all things and all persons, the one Life in which we all live … Continue reading Sunday, February 28, 2016: Ten Irrational Ideas, Suffering, and Love
Sunday February 21, 2016: The Commandments - This Sunday’s service will continue the discussion from the 10 a.m. Adult Religious Education ‘Are the Ten Commandments out of date? If so, how can we nail down some ethical convictions when, morally, “everything nailed down is coming loose”?’ You can come at 10 for the beginning of the discussion, or just to the service … Continue reading Sunday February 21, 2016: The Commandments
Sunday February 14, 2016: Radical Love - “Radical Love”, with John Hall. Please join us for coffee and conversation at 10:45 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association’s Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, West Virginia.  The worship service starts at 11:00.  Our ongoing Religious Education classes begin at 10:00. For further information, email westforkuu@gmail.com or visit our website at … Continue reading Sunday February 14, 2016: Radical Love
Sunday February 7, 2016: The Mind’s Old Wilderness Cut Down - uaPrelude: Out in the Country – Three Dog Night Welcome: Wind, Water, Sun – Seth Carrier-Ladd Wind that whispers through the willow trees Sun that sustains us Water that washes over willing earth and weathered stones A smile shared and savored A child’s squeal of delight as she dances in the daisies and daffodils The … Continue reading Sunday February 7, 2016: The Mind’s Old Wilderness Cut Down
Sunday, 31 January 2016: Grace, Gratitude, and Privilege - Prelude: Let Her Go – Passenger Welcome Chalice Lighting May We Look With Gratitude Upon This Day – Michael R. Leduc May we look with gratitude upon this day, for the beauty of the world, for the first radiance of dawn and the last smoldering glow of sunset. Let us be thankful for physical joys, … Continue reading Sunday, 31 January 2016: Grace, Gratitude, and Privilege
Cancelled: Sunday, 24 January, 2016 - We are cancelling Religious Education and the service for this Sunday due to the winter storm. We will post some inspiring videos and music Sunday morning. Stay warm and safe.
Sunday January 17, 2016: Our Deepest Roots - “Our Deepest Roots”, with John Hall (rescheduled from January 10, because of illness). Please join us for coffee and conversation at 10:45 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association’s Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, West Virginia.  The worship service starts at 11:00.  Our ongoing Religious Education classes begin at 10:00. For further … Continue reading Sunday January 17, 2016: Our Deepest Roots
Sunday January 10, 2016: Our Deepest Roots - “Our Deepest Roots”, with John Hall. Please join us for coffee and conversation at 10:45 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association’s Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, West Virginia.  The worship service starts at 11:00.  Our ongoing Religious Education classes begin at 10:00. For further information, email westforkuu@gmail.com or visit our website … Continue reading Sunday January 10, 2016: Our Deepest Roots
Sunday January 3, 2016: Altars, Shrines, and Every Day Practice - Prelude Chalice Lighting: Rabbi Hillel, a Jewish contemporary of Jesus, said, “Separate not thyself from the congregation and its concerns, nor postpone thought for thy spirit until the day of thy death. Say not, ‘By and by, when I have leisure, I will care for my soul,’ lest perchance thou never find leisure.” Song: Come, … Continue reading Sunday January 3, 2016: Altars, Shrines, and Every Day Practice
Sunday December 27, 2015: No Service - There will be no Sunday service or religious education classes on December 27, 2015. Our next service will be on Sunday, January 3, 2016. On Thursday, December 24, some members of West Fork Unitarian Universalists will be attending First Unitarian Universalist Society of Marietta’s “All Ages Christmas Eve Candlelight Service”. Note that their service starts … Continue reading Sunday December 27, 2015: No Service
Sunday December 20, 2015: Celebrate the Light - Prelude: Ring Solstice Bells by Jethro Tull Welcome Chalice Lighting We gather in the chill of winter solstice, finding warmth from each other, nourishing hope where reason fails. Grateful for small miracles, we rejoice in the wonder of light and darkness and the daring of hope. I’d like to invite each of each who has … Continue reading Sunday December 20, 2015: Celebrate the Light
Sunday December 13, 2015: The Virtue of the Uncarved Block - “The Virtue of the Uncarved Block” with John Hall Please join us for coffee and conversation at 10:45 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association’s Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, West Virginia.  The worship service starts at 11:00.  Our ongoing Religious Education classes begin at 10:00. For further information, email westforkuu@gmail.com or … Continue reading Sunday December 13, 2015: The Virtue of the Uncarved Block
Sunday December 13, 2015: Politics and Religion - Welcome Welcome and Happy Holidays, Happy St. Nicholas Day, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Abolition Day, Bodhi Day (Tuesday), Second Sunday of Advent Chalice Lighting ~ Kimberly Knight, Minister of Digital Community, Extravagance UCC No, my prayers will not stop the killing. No, my prayers will not bring back the innocent. No, my prayers will not relax … Continue reading Sunday December 13, 2015: Politics and Religion
Sunday December 6, 2015: Politics and Religion - Politics and religion are inseparable.  Lisa deGruyter will explore this and some practical ways to live our  Fifth Principle: “The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large”. Please join us for coffee and conversation at 10:45 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association’s Uptown Event … Continue reading Sunday December 6, 2015: Politics and Religion
Sunday November 29, 2015 - During this time of Thanksgiving and fellowship with family, we cannot neglect that sometimes family is not the group of people who pick you up when you fall down. This weeks service will be about finding your tribe and knowing how you have found your tribe. Hopefully, you will find that part of your tribe … Continue reading Sunday November 29, 2015
Sunday November 22, 2015: The ‘Miracle’ of Good Luck, New Jersey - Welcome: Welcome to this Place, by Cathy Rion Starr Welcome to this place of peace; May we find some moments of quiet contemplation. Welcome to this place of celebration; May our hearts soar with gratitude for the gift of life. Welcome to this place of sacred love; May we gently hold all that is broken … Continue reading Sunday November 22, 2015: The ‘Miracle’ of Good Luck, New Jersey
Sunday November 15, 2015 - This Sunday we will be graced with the presence of the Rev. Donald Rollins. He has served many Unitarian Universalist churches and is currently residing in Ohio. Rev. Rollins plays both the guitar and the harmonica. The sermon this week is a one-man presentation called “Thanksgiving on East Point”. It’s a story I adapted from a … Continue reading Sunday November 15, 2015
Sunday November 8, 2015 - RE (Religious Education) will be at 10 am. Adults will continue Building your Theology and Children will focus on Relationships in What do you Stand for? During our service this week,  we will focus on forgiveness and reconciliation. It has been said that forgiveness does not mean reconciliation and this is true. Our service will … Continue reading Sunday November 8, 2015
Sunday November 1st 2015 - It Starts! We will begin weekly services and religious education (known as RE) in November. Our first service will be All Saints/ Dia de los Muertos.  You are invited to bring objects for the altar to remember your dead. RE for adults will be Building Your Own Theology. RE for children will be What do … Continue reading Sunday November 1st 2015
Sunday October 18, 2015 - In the midst of rebirth of discussion on race and equality, the question is often asked “Where does my church stand?” This can be determined through our principles, our actions, and the heroes of our past. This week we will honor Rev. James Reeb as we discuss his journey to Selma and our journey to … Continue reading Sunday October 18, 2015
Sunday September 19, 2015 - This Sunday September 19th, we will be having a service at 11am. It is entitled “Fail Like a Guru”. We would love your company. We will be at the PWA Uptown Event Center in Clarksburg. It is 305 Washington Ave, Clarksburg, WV 26301.