All Services

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

Sunday, December 16 2018 - What would it be like if our UU worship service centered entirely around the voices and the experiences of black Unitarian Universalists? What truths might we hear, however difficult? What might we learn? How might these black UU leaders teach us to be better allies, better siblings in faith, and even better citizens in our … Continue reading Sunday, December 16 2018
Sunday, 2 December 2018: Love Is Too Strong a Word - In 1984, Kurt Vonnegut asked what makes us so bloodthirsty, in the Ware Lecture "Love Is Too Strong a Word" at the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. Vonnegut was a third-generation Unitarian, and great-grandson of a founder of the Freethinker’s Society of Indianapolis. We will hear a tape of his lecture, which is startlingly topical today.
Sunday, November 25, 2018 [postponed from 18 November] - “You were put on this Earth to achieve your greatest self, to live out your purpose and to do it courageously.” Dr. Steve Maraboli “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” … Continue reading Sunday, November 25, 2018 [postponed from 18 November]
Seven Principles Wheel Sunday, November 11, 2018: Interdependent Web [postponed from 14 Oct] - Definition of interdependence 1 : the state of being dependent upon one another : mutual interdependence of the two nations’ economies … a form of symbiosis, of close mutual interdependence of two species of organisms.— Marston Bates … the deep psychological interdependence between ourselves and those we love.— Judith A. Savage … understood the interdependence … Continue reading Sunday, November 11, 2018: Interdependent Web [postponed from 14 Oct]
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” – Melody Beattie This Sunday we will explore the spiritual practice … Continue reading Sunday, November 4, 2018
Sunday, October 21, 2018: Interdependent Web [postponed from 14 Oct] - Definition of interdependence 1 : the state of being dependent upon one another : mutual dependence interdependence of the two nations’ economies … a form of symbiosis, of close mutual interdependence of two species of organisms.— Marston Bates … the deep psychological interdependence between ourselves and those we love.— Judith A. Savage … understood the … Continue reading Sunday, October 21, 2018: Interdependent Web [postponed from 14 Oct]
Sunday, October 14, 2018: Interdependent Web - Definition of interdependence 1 : the state of being dependent upon one another : mutual dependence interdependence of the two nations’ economies … a form of symbiosis, of close mutual interdependence of two species of organisms.— Marston Bates … the deep psychological interdependence between ourselves and those we love.— Judith A. Savage … understood the … Continue reading Sunday, October 14, 2018: Interdependent Web
Sunday, October 7, 2018: Deegan and Hinkle Lakes, Bridgeport - Little Blue Heron at Deegan & Hinkle Lakes Park We have Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. For this year’s fifth and final outing, we will gather on Sunday, October 7, at Deegan & Hinkle Lakes Park in Bridgeport at 11 a.m. for a short service, followed by a … Continue reading Sunday, October 7, 2018: Deegan and Hinkle Lakes, Bridgeport
Sunday, September 29, 2018 - “The purpose of the church is to heal the consequences of lovelessness and injustice in the hearts and souls of our members so they might heal the community and together heal the world.” – Nancy Bowen   We would love to have you come worship with us. This Sunday, Cricket will explore “How the UUA’s … Continue reading Sunday, September 29, 2018
Sunday, September 23, 2018 - “O Spinner, Weaver, of our lives, Your loom is love. May we who are gathered here be empowered by that love to weave new patterns of Truth and Justice into a web of life that is strong, beautiful, and everlasting.” Rev. Barbara Wells We would love to have you come worship with us. This Sunday … Continue reading Sunday, September 23, 2018
Meeting for Business - We will meet for business at the beginning of our Spiritual Outing on the first Sunday of October, at Deegan-Hinkle Lake, to accept new members, followed by a book signing. If you are considering membership and have not yet let us know, please email westforkuu@gmail.com From our Bylaws “Any person age 12 or over who … Continue reading Meeting for Business
Sunday, September 16, 2018: Letting Go - Over time, demanding constant certainty from yourself and others can be tiresome – and frankly – annoying. Perfectionism, anxiety and anger are all associated with a high need for control, which can obviously interfere with your relationships and happiness in a big way. Forbes 3 Simple Steps To Stop Being A Control Freak From the … Continue reading Sunday, September 16, 2018: Letting Go
The Scream, Edvard Munch Sunday, September 9, 2018: Hearing Nature’s Call - I WaS WaLKING ALONG THE ROAD WITH TWO FRIENDS WHEN THE SUN WENT DOWN. THE SKY SUdDENLY TURNED TO BLOOD AND I FELT A GREAT SCREAM IN NATuRE  – Edvard Munch, from his portfolio “The Tree of Knowledge” (translated by Francesca M. Nichols, https://www.emunch.no/TRANS_HYBRIDMM_T2547.xhtml) Is nature calling to us? What should we do about that? … Continue reading Sunday, September 9, 2018: Hearing Nature’s Call
Sunday, September 2, 2018: West Virginia Wildlife Center, French Creek - We have Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. For this year’s fourth outing, we will gather Sunday, September 2, 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. We would love … Continue reading Sunday, September 2, 2018: West Virginia Wildlife Center, French Creek
Sunday, August 26, 2018: Patriotism and Compassion - One can either love France for the glory which would seem to ensure for her a prolonged existence in time and space; or else one can love her as something which, being earthly, can be destroyed, and is all the more precious on that account. These are two distinct ways of loving; perhaps, most probably, … Continue reading Sunday, August 26, 2018: Patriotism and Compassion
Sunday, August 19, 2018: Patriotism and Compassion - One can either love France for the glory which would seem to ensure for her a prolonged existence in time and space; or else one can love her as something which, being earthly, can be destroyed, and is all the more precious on that account. These are two distinct ways of loving; perhaps, most probably, … Continue reading Sunday, August 19, 2018: Patriotism and Compassion
Sunday, August 12, 2018 - Prelude: “By Your Grace – Jai Gurudev” by Krishna Das https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IJ4nNzbkcY  Welcome: Call from Beyond By Susan Maginn Welcome Song: #361 Enter Rejoice and Come In Chalice Lighting: Come, yet again, come By Anne Slater Song: Come, Come Whoever You Are The Principles  Offering and Response   (Unison) For the gifts which we have received—and the … Continue reading Sunday, August 12, 2018
Sunday, August 5, 2018: Audra State Park - Swimming at Audra We have Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. For this year’s third outing, we will gather on Sunday, August 5, 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. … Continue reading Sunday, August 5, 2018: Audra State Park
Sunday, July 29, 2018 - “Hope is not pretending that troubles don’t exist. It is the trust that they will not last forever, that hurts will be healed and difficulties overcome. It is faith that a source of strength and renewal lies within to lead us through the dark into the sunshine.” – Elizabeth Chase We would love to have … Continue reading Sunday, July 29, 2018
"Figural vessels", 500 BCE-400 CE Sunday, July 22, 2018: Affluence and Environment - “Researchers have found that concern for the environment rises with wealth, but so does one’s ecological footprint. This leads to a truth that some environmentalists might find inconvenient …: The greater your concern for the environment, the more likely you are to be destroying it.” — Tom Culman, “Are environmentalists hypocrites?” We would love to … Continue reading Sunday, July 22, 2018: Affluence and Environment
Sunday, July 15, 2018: Drifting as a Spiritual Practice - There can be only one permanent revolution — a moral one; the regeneration of the inner man….. How is this revolution to take place? Nobody knows how it will take place in humanity, but every man feels it clearly in himself. And yet in our world everybody thinks of changing humanity, and nobody thinks of … Continue reading Sunday, July 15, 2018: Drifting as a Spiritual Practice
Sunday, July 8, 2018 - “We are not a religious tradition with a creed, but a religious movement that has always wedded social justice work to theology.”- James Luther Adams We would love to have you come worship with us. This Sunday, Cricket will give a lesson about James Luther Adams and the five smooth stones of liberal religion. Our … Continue reading Sunday, July 8, 2018
Sunday, July 1, 2018: Ferguson Memorial Park, Shinnston - Ferguson Memorial Park, Shinnston We have Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. For this year’s second outing, we will gather for a celebration of summer on Sunday, July 1, at Ferguson Memorial Park in Shinnston We will meet at 11 a.m. in the picnic area for a short service, … Continue reading Sunday, July 1, 2018: Ferguson Memorial Park, Shinnston
Sunday June 24, 2018 - “The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.” – Richard Moss This Sunday, Cricket will present “Principles, Schminciples: Dreaming big Within our 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. … Continue reading Sunday June 24, 2018
Sunday, June 17, 2018 - “A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.” – Unknown “Did you hear about the guy who invented Lifesavers? … They say he made a mint.” We would love to have you come worship with us. This Sunday, Cricket will present a lesson titled “The Wisdom of Dad Jokes”. … Continue reading Sunday, June 17, 2018
Sunday June 10, 2018: Andrew McKnight - We will be joining the the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Morgantown Sunday June 10 at 10:45 a.m., 429 Warrick Avenue, Morgantown. Andrew McKnight, is a 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 … Continue reading Sunday June 10, 2018: Andrew McKnight
Sunday, June 3, 2018: Valley Falls State Park - We have Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. For this year’s first outing, we will gather for a celebration of summer on Sunday, June 3, at Valley Falls State Park — picnic and hiking on the banks of the Tygart Valley River. We will meet at 11 a.m. in … Continue reading Sunday, June 3, 2018: Valley Falls State Park
Sunday May 27, 2018 - “The greatest gift you can give another is the purity of your attention.” – Richard Moss This Sunday we will explore our principles with Cricket. 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 May 27, 2018
Sunday May 20, 2018 - We will be joining the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Morgantown this Sunday. Rev. Rose Edington and Rev. Mel Hoover will be the guests of UUFM and West Fork UUs. “Mel and Rose,” as retirees, still work on the state and national levels to promote social justice on many levels. Active elders in Black LIves of … Continue reading Sunday May 20, 2018
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - “We are born of love; Love is our mother.” – Rumi This Sunday, our youth will talk about mothers and Mother’s Day. 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 … Continue reading Sunday, May 13, 2018
Sunday, May 6, 2018 - This Sunday, John Hall will talk about Loving Kindness and how practicing it will help your spirituality. 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 … Continue reading Sunday, May 6, 2018
Storm Damage Sunday April 29, 2018: But How Do We Fit In? - We hear much about the importance of preserving the environment, preserving the natural world in contrast to the world that has been created by human artifice. But aren’t people part of the natural world, too? This Sunday Robert Helfer will contemplate the idea of “nature” and consider our place in it. Our services are Sundays … Continue reading Sunday April 29, 2018: But How Do We Fit In?
Sunday, April 22, 2018: Love the Dandelions - You love roses, but you only grow dandelions. If you love roses so much, why not plant them? Lisa deGruyter will be leading the service. 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 … Continue reading Sunday, April 22, 2018: Love the Dandelions
Sunday, April 15, 2018 - “There can be no peace without justice and respect for human rights.” Irene Khan This Sunday, John Hall will give a lesson titled “Pushing the Pendulum – Five Decades of Social Justice.” 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 … Continue reading Sunday, April 15, 2018
Sunday, April 8, 2018 - “A rebirth out of spiritual adversity causes us to become new creatures. James E. Faust” Last week was Easter, but this week we will discuss “The Easter We Need” with Cricket. The lesson will be about symbols, rebirth, and Spring. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Uptown Event Center, … Continue reading Sunday, April 8, 2018
Sunday April 1, 2018: Rebirth - Please bring flowers to share.  Whatever is blooming, or a twig in bud, is fine. We will have our Flower Ceremony, 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 … Continue reading Sunday April 1, 2018: Rebirth
Sunday, March 25, 2018 - The bad news is nothing lasts forever, The good news is nothing lasts forever. J. Cole This Sunday, John Hall will bring us “Good News: Things that are going well and things that are getting better.” Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in … Continue reading Sunday, March 25, 2018
P.T. Barnum Circus poster Sunday March 18, 2018: The Great Showman - Our forays into Unitarian and Universalist history normally focus on our heroes, the stars of social justice and liberal religion. But perhaps we need to be equally aware of our slightly less reputable past. This Sunday Robert Helfer will venture into the world of Phineas Taylor Barnum, Universalist, the master of “flimflam” behind the revelation … Continue reading Sunday March 18, 2018: The Great Showman
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - “The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.” – Isaiah 11:6 We would love to have you come worship with us. This Sunday our youth will present a service about inspiring children, … Continue reading Sunday, February 25, 2018
Sunday, February 18, 2018: Our UU Presidents - Jefferson, though a sincere student of the teachings of Jesus and a Unitarian, was denounced as an atheist. We know the contumely, insult, and mob violence to which Priestley was subjected in England. Franklin, the Adamses, and Fillmore were all Unitarians, but they were looked at askance. Lincoln, one of the most deeply religious men, … Continue reading Sunday, February 18, 2018: Our UU Presidents
Sunday February 11, 2018: Enshrining Our Values in Our Housekeeping - No matter how little we have or how temporary our lodgings, we can enshrine our values in our everyday life. And no matter how much we have, we can live in ways that don't enrich our lives. Lisa deGruyter will talk about living in ways that remind us of the beautiful and holy.
Sunday February 4, 2018 - "Someday is not a day of the week". 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 the service. More about us. We would love to have you come worship with us.
Francis David at the Diet of Torda Sunday, January 28, 2018: 1800 years of UU History - The Christian roots of Unitarian and Universalist ideas go back to the first centuries of Christianity. Today we will watch a presentation by Sarah Lewis briefly over-viewing all of our past. 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, January 28, 2018: 1800 years of UU History
Sunday, January 21, 2018: 1800 years of UU History - The Christian roots of Unitarian and Universalist ideas go back to the first centuries of Christianity. Today we will watch a presentation by Sarah Lewis briefly over-viewing all of our past. 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, January 21, 2018: 1800 years of UU History
Sunday, January 7, 2017 - Come toast the new year with us. See you at 10:30 am for a potluck breakfast and small devotion.   Our services are Sundays  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, January 7, 2017
Sunday, December 31, 2017 - For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets 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 … Continue reading Sunday, December 31, 2017
Sunday, December 24, 2017: People, Look East - People, look east. The time is near Of the crowning of the year. Make your house fair as you are able, Trim the hearth and set the table. People, look east and sing today: Love, the guest, is on the way. Join us for a service of songs and readings. Come early for an extended … Continue reading Sunday, December 24, 2017: People, Look East
Sunday, December 17, 2017 - Join us at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Morgantown at 10:45am for a special interactive service.
Sunday, December 10, 2017: Extreme Practices - Prelude: Avanti – Corvus Corax Welcome: To learn more about being human – Erika A. Hewitt Welcome to this morning, this day, and this opportunity to be together in community — which is a time of joy, comfort, and sometimes challenges. This Unitarian Universalist congregation is a place where we come to learn more about … Continue reading Sunday, December 10, 2017: Extreme Practices
Sunday, December 3, 2017: Revelation Is Not Sealed - Perhaps the greatest function of Unitarian Universalist congregations is the relief of the loneliness of the heretic.
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - “Unitarian Universalist congregations affirm and promote seven Principles, which we hold as strong values and moral guides. We live out these Principles within a “living tradition” of wisdom and spirituality, drawn from sources as diverse as science, poetry, scripture, and personal experience. These are the six sources our congregations affirm and promote:” Where do African Proverbs fit into our sources? Cricket Hall … Continue reading Sunday, November 26, 2017
Sunday, November 12, 2017: Extreme Practices - We would love to have you come worship with us.
Sunday, November 5, 2017: Remembering Our Dead - We would love to have you come worship with us.
Sunday October 29, 2017 - We would love to have you come worship with us.
Sunday, October 22, 2017: Words of Comfort - Prelude: Somebody Else’s Troubles – Steve Goodman Welcome: To learn more about being human – Erika A. Hewitt Welcome to this morning, this day, and this opportunity to be together in community — which is a time of joy, comfort, and sometimes challenges. This Unitarian Universalist congregation is a place where we come to learn … Continue reading Sunday, October 22, 2017: Words of Comfort
Sunday October, 15, 2017 - “We still wonder if those early extravagant expectations of the sixties are inevitably doomed to failure”. That question rings poignant today. Were our expectations too lofty and extravagant? Are our principles too hard to follow?
Sunday, October 8, 2017: Good Humor - I tend to be too serious in the best of times. Disasters, natural and human, tend to make us all worried and serious. It’s hard to keep seeing and dealing with problems as we need to without falling into being too critical or despairing. There will be some humor this Sunday, and some ideas about … Continue reading Sunday, October 8, 2017: Good Humor
Sunday, October 1, 2017: Deegan & Hinkle Lakes Park - We have Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. This month, we will gather at Deegan & Hinkle Lakes Park in Bridgeport at 11 a.m. for a short service, followed by a potluck picnic, conversation, and walking. Please email westforkuu@gmail.com if you would like to carpool. For a map, please … Continue reading Sunday, October 1, 2017: Deegan & Hinkle Lakes Park
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 - Prelude: Leader of the Band – Dan Fogelberg Welcome: The Paradox of Ancestry We gather together this morning, Because others came before us. Some have left examples for us to follow, Others lessons for us to learn from, and the paradox is that many have left both pain and joy. We honor our ancestors this … Continue reading Sunday, June 18, 2017: Genealogy as a Spiritual Practice
Ancient document Sunday, June 11, 2017: Creeds and Other Tests of Faith - Prelude I Believe in You – Don Williams 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, … 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
Empress with two faces Sunday, May 14, 2017: Hypocrite! - Prelude: Deportee – Cisco Houston Welcome: To learn more about being human – Erika A. Hewitt Welcome to this morning, this day, and this opportunity to be together in community — which is a time of joy, comfort, and sometimes challenges. This Unitarian Universalist congregation is a place where we come to learn more about … 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 -  Prelude: America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) – Aretha Franklin 2009 A hymn from the first Unitarian hymnbook published in the brand new United States, in 1789, and noted as Thanks for National Protection O Come, let us sing to the Lord a new song, And praise him to whom all our praises belong ! … 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 - Prelude: Ring Solstice Bells – Jethro Tull 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.
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.