All Services

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

Image of a colorfully painted leaf, colored in the style of V. Kandinsky Sunday, December 15, 2019: Redemptive Art - Niggle was a painter. … He had a number of pictures on hand; most of them were too large and ambitious for his skill. He was the sort of painter who can paint leaves better than trees. He used to spend a long time on a single leaf, trying to catch its shape, and its … Continue reading Sunday, December 15, 2019: Redemptive Art
Sunday, December 8, 2019: Quillen Shinn’s Travels - October’s theme was “Belonging.” Sometimes, when most people around us seem to believe differently, we feel we don’t belong. Unitarian Universalist seems like a new and different belief here, now – but for a century and more, Universalism was alive and well in our area, rising from the beliefs of some of our earliest settlers.  … Continue reading Sunday, December 8, 2019: Quillen Shinn’s Travels
Sunday, December 1, 2019 - “One of the tragic ironies of history is that such original and creative geniuses as Buddha and Jesus have been extolled as perfect patterns for all to emulate. In the very struggle to be like someone else rather than to be one’s own true self, or to do one’s own best in one’s own environment, … Continue reading Sunday, December 1, 2019
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - Circles, like the soul, are neverending and turn round and round without a stop. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Join us for Worship: This Sunday, John Hall will present a service called “Counting on Circles.” Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m.  at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind … Continue reading Sunday, November 17, 2019
Sunday, November 2, 2019 - “If your love for me requires that I hide parts of who I am, then you don’t love me. Love is never a request for silence.” By DeRay Mckesson Join us for Worship: This Sunday, Cricket Hall will discuss the tension of Welcoming and the first principle. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m.  at the … Continue reading Sunday, November 2, 2019
Sunday, October 27, 2019: Quillen Shinn’s Travels - This month’s theme is “Belonging.” Sometimes, when most people around us seem to believe differently, we feel we don’t belong. Unitarian Universalist seems like a new and different belief here, now – but for a century and more, Universalism was alive and well in our area, rising from the beliefs of some of our earliest … Continue reading Sunday, October 27, 2019: Quillen Shinn’s Travels
Autumn Crocus Sunday, October 20, 2019: To Every Purpose - To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: — Ecclesiastes, 3:1 This Sunday we will talk about those times of transition when one season becomes another. Robert Helfer will lead the service. Join us for Worship: Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m.  at the Progressive Women’s … Continue reading Sunday, October 20, 2019: To Every Purpose
Sunday, October 13, 2019: 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 13, at Deegan & Hinkle Lakes Park in Bridgeport at 11 a.m. for a short service, followed by a … Continue reading Sunday, October 13, 2019: Deegan and Hinkle Lakes, Bridgeport
Sunday, October 6, 2019 - “Today, the idea of idealism is not enough. Casual optimism rings hollow, and triumphal, self-assured liturgies leave our broken hearts still yearning for the chance to sing together in a minor key. The people we serve yearn for that too, for an honest word and an opportunity to hold our shared grief and deep personal … Continue reading Sunday, October 6, 2019
Crest of the Transylvanian Unitarian Church: dove standing on a mountain, encircled by a serpent biting its tail, surmounted by a golden crown. Sunday, September 29, 2019: Serpents and Doves - Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. — Matthew 10:16 Welcome before prelude Good morning and welcome to West Fork Unitarian Universalists. I’m Robert Helfer and I am blessed to serve this congregation as a lay leader. I’m glad to … Continue reading Sunday, September 29, 2019: Serpents and Doves
Sunday, September 22, 2019: Drifting as a Spiritual Practice - Welcome before prelude Good morning and welcome to West Fork Unitarian Universalists. I’m Lisa deGruyter and I feel blessed to serve this congregation as a lay leader. I’m glad to see all of you here today. Thank you for joining us. Let us use the prelude for centering. We are about to enter sacred time. … Continue reading Sunday, September 22, 2019: Drifting as a Spiritual Practice
Sunday, September 15, 2019 - “We are all longing to go home to some place we have never been—a place half-remembered and half-envisioned we can only catch glimpses of from time to time. Community. Somewhere, there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats. Somewhere a circle of hands will open … Continue reading Sunday, September 15, 2019
Sunday, September 8, 2019 - “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. ” – UUA website Join us for Worship: 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 … Continue reading Sunday, September 8, 2019
Sunday, September 1, 2019: 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 1, 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 1, 2019: West Virginia Wildlife Center, French Creek
Pullman crushing the workers Sunday, August 25, 2019: Wealth and Philanthropy - This, then, is held to be the duty of the man of Wealth: … — the man of wealth thus becoming the mere agent and trustee for his poorer brethren, bringing to their service his superior wisdom, experience and ability to administer, doing for them better than they would or could do for themselves. — … Continue reading Sunday, August 25, 2019: Wealth and Philanthropy
Sunday, August 18, 2019: 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, August 18, 2019: Drifting as a Spiritual Practice
Sunday, August 11, 2019: Audra State Park - Swimming at Audra We have Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer. Note that for this year’s third outing, we have moved the event to the second Sunday in August. We will gather on Sunday, August 11, at Audra State Park at 11 a.m. for a short service, followed by … Continue reading Sunday, August 11, 2019: Audra State Park
Sunday, August 4, 2012 - “The only way we’ll get freedom for ourselves is to identify ourselves with every oppressed people in the world. We are blood brothers to the people of Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Cuba — yes Cuba too.” ― Malcolm X “People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.” ― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta … Continue reading Sunday, August 4, 2012
Label at top: Competitive Zen; five people dressed as Buddhist monks, each with a number on chest; a crowd of people apparently cheering in the background Sunday, July 28, 2019: Practice for What? - Some among us say that they have “spiritual practices”. Why do they “practice”? Are they preparing for a competition, or for a concert? This Sunday, Robert Helfer will talk about what we might be practicing. Join us for Worship: Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m.  at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington … Continue reading Sunday, July 28, 2019: Practice for What?
Sunday, July 21, 2019: Our Universalist Roots - Prelude: All God’s Critters Got a Place in the Choir Welcome The early Universalist 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, July 21, 2019: Our Universalist Roots
Sunday, July 14, 2019 - “Water, when it hits the ground, instantly becomes a puddle or rivulet or flood.” – Alice Oswald This Sunday, John Hall will present a lesson titled, “Smiles and Waves: The Hidden Strength of Water.” Join us for Worship: Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m.  at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. … Continue reading Sunday, July 14, 2019
Sunday, July 7, 2019: Valley Falls State Park - 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 7, 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, July 7, 2019: Valley Falls State Park
Sunday, June 30, 2019: Reason as a Spiritual Practice - Reasoning together about what we love, and about all the social implications and complexities of love, in continuous consultation, has been a built-in part from the very beginning of the free church tradition from which we Unitarian Universalists have come. – Alice Blair Wesley, The Lay and Liberal Doctrine of the Church: The Spirit and … Continue reading Sunday, June 30, 2019: Reason as a Spiritual Practice
Seed Corn Must Not Be Ground, Käthe Kollwitz Sunday, June 23, 2019: The Song Remains the Same - Unitarian Universalists have from time to time found themselves at the center of political and social issues. Robert Helfer will share some thoughts on a piece of this history and how it affects our present. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown … Continue reading Sunday, June 23, 2019: The Song Remains the Same
Special Music Service Sunday, June 9, 2019 - Musician Andrew McKnight is coming to do a special worship service for us! It is titled “Gifts in our Genes”. We would love for you to attend. He is an Award-winning singer/songwriter, guitarist and poet from northern Virginia’s Blue Ridge McKnight writes, sings and speaks eloquently of the struggles and successes of rural America. Nationally-acclaimed … Continue reading Special Music Service Sunday, June 9, 2019
Sunday, June 2, 2019: 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 first outing, we will gather for a celebration of summer on Sunday, June 2, at Ferguson Memorial Park in Shinnston We will meet at 11 a.m. in the picnic area for a short service, … Continue reading Sunday, June 2, 2019: Ferguson Memorial Park, Shinnston
Stained glass roundel, The Unitarian flaming chalice in touch with all faiths Made by Stephen Pask 1999, The Octagon Unitarian Chapel, Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK Photo by Leo Reynolds Sunday, May 26, 2019: Church as Spiritual Practice - Over the centuries, our Protestant forebears, especially the Calvinists and Pietists from whom we descend, gradually eliminated most of the liturgy and ritual from services, and Unitarian and Universalists in the mid-20th century turned Sunday services into lectures. Worship has gradually returned to a more spiritual experience over the last 50 years. Lisa deGruyter will … Continue reading Sunday, May 26, 2019: Church as Spiritual Practice
Sunday, May 19, 2019: Annual Meeting - Instead of our religious education hour and service this Sunday, we will have our annual meeting, starting at 10. Please bring a snack to share. Annual Business Meeting. The annual business meeting shall be held each year on the third Sunday of May, to hear reports of officers and staff, to appoint new officers and … Continue reading Sunday, May 19, 2019: Annual Meeting
Sunday, May 12, 2019 - “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 12, 2019
Sunday, May 5, 2019 - Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come. – Dwayne Johnson Join us for Worship: This Sunday, Cricket will present a lesson titled “A New Definition of Success”. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m.  at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in … Continue reading Sunday, May 5, 2019
Sunday April 28, 2019: Seeking Truth and Meaning - The Fourth Principle of Unitarian Universalism calls on us to engage in a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” This Sunday we will consider what exactly that means. Robert Helfer will lead the service. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in … Continue reading Sunday April 28, 2019: Seeking Truth and Meaning
Sunday April 21, 2019: Flower Ceremony - 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 21, 2019: Flower Ceremony
Sunday, April 14, 2019 - “Seek by reading and you will find by meditating. Knock by praying and it will be opened to you in contemplation.” – St. John of the Cross Join us for Worship: This Sunday, Cricket Hall will do a service on the spiritual practice called Lectio Divina. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m.  at the … Continue reading Sunday, April 14, 2019
Sunday, April 7, 2019 - “Voting is not only our right—it is our power.” – Loung Ung Join us for Worship: 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 coffee gathering before … Continue reading Sunday, April 7, 2019
Sunday, March 31, 2019 - Prelude: Disappear From Dear Evan Hansen Welcome: All of us are welcome here; all of us are loved By Erika A. Hewitt Welcome Song:  “Enter Rejoice and Come in” Chalice Lighting: Come we now out of the darkness By Annie Foerster The Principles: Kidciples Song The Story for All Ages:  You Will be Found from … Continue reading Sunday, March 31, 2019
Sunday, March 24, 2019 - “People get used to anything. The less you think about your oppression, the more your tolerance for it grows. After a while, people just think oppression is the normal state of things. But to become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.” ― Assata Shakur, Assata: An Autobiography This Sunday we will be … Continue reading Sunday, March 24, 2019
Sunday, March 17, 2019 - “True atonement isn’t the periodic shaving of karmic stubble via confessional; it requires deep, truthful change. It means doing the hardest thing of all: not making the same stupid mistake again.” – Ben Dolnick This Sunday Cricket will explore atonement as a spiritual practice. We would love to have you come worship with us. Our … Continue reading Sunday, March 17, 2019
Sunset Sunday, March 10, 2019: Saving Daylight - Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday, March 10 2019, when 2:00 a.m. is magically revealed to be 3:00 a.m., leaving an hour-long hole in the night. Please remember to set your clocks forward one hour on Saturday evening so you will be on time for all your important appointments during the coming weeks. At 11:00 … Continue reading Sunday, March 10, 2019: Saving Daylight
Sunday, March 3, 2019: Revelation Is Not Sealed - Perhaps the greatest function of Unitarian Universalist congregations is the relief of the loneliness of the heretic.
Cheshire Cat smiling Sunday, February 24, 2019: We’re All Mad Here - ‘What sort of people live about here?’ ‘In that direction,’ the Cat said, waving its right paw round, ‘lives a Hatter: and in that direction,’ waving the other paw, ‘lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they’re both mad.’ ‘But I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked. ‘Oh, you can’t help … Continue reading Sunday, February 24, 2019: We’re All Mad Here
Sunday, February 17, 2019: 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 17, 2019: Our UU Presidents
Sunday, February 10, 2019 - “We have to do this work because if we don’t our faith is a lie. We don’t mean the things we say as a faith and we don’t observe the principles and the theology that we claim unless we do this work.” – Elka Carrier-Ladd This Sunday, Cricket Hall will give us a closer look … Continue reading Sunday, February 10, 2019
Sunday, February 3, 2019 - “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” – English Proverb This Sunday, John Hall will present a lesson about Groundhog Day. 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, February 3, 2019
Rotting Pumpkin Sunday, January 27, 2019: In Praise of Rot - All human things are subject to decay, And, when Fate summons, monarchs must obey. ― John Dryden, “Mac Flecknoe” This Sunday we will celebrate decomposition, that bit of magic that, by stages, transforms death into life. Robert Helfer will lead the service. Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Uptown … Continue reading Sunday, January 27, 2019: In Praise of Rot
Sunday, January 20, 2018: Revelation Is Not Sealed - Perhaps the greatest function of Unitarian Universalist congregations is the relief of the loneliness of the heretic.
Sunday, January 13, 2019 - “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” –  Hans Hofman This Sunday, John Hall will talk about simplifying as a spiritual practice. 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 … Continue reading Sunday, January 13, 2019
Potluck Brunch Sunday, January 6, 2019 - Potluck Brunch! New Year’s/Epiphany Potluck Brunch! We want to start 2019 off right, by having a potluck brunch. Bring food to share, or just bring yourself! Come and join us at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, January 6, 2019, for good fellowship and food and a small devotion. Our services are Sundays (usually at 11 a.m.) at … Continue reading Sunday, January 6, 2019
Swords to Plowshares Sunday, December 30, 2018: When the World Outlawed War - And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. — Micah 4:3 For generations the peoples of the world have called for … Continue reading Sunday, December 30, 2018: When the World Outlawed War
Sunday, December 23, 2018 - “Christmas is a risk for us to take. Shall we allow ourselves to be touched by sentiment? Awakened by song and story? Drawn into festivities, when our joy depends upon the goodwill of others? Dare we risk the disappointment of hopes raised high and excited expectations? May we have the courage to celebrate the season … Continue reading Sunday, December 23, 2018
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