Blessed Litha

The longest day of the year has arrived. Summer is finally here. This is a major holiday for pagan communities all over the world.

Have a Blessed and wonderful day!


Program 487: Scandinavian Solstice; Italy 2017

Release Date: 06-17-2017


Hear how the summer solstice is celebrated in Scandinavia, where the official start of summer is a big deal. Then listen in as Italian friends discuss the effects of their country’s high unemployment rate — and how Italians are meeting the challenge — before taking listener calls to share tips for a “dolce vita” vacation. And come along as we visit with some Tuscan craftsmen keeping traditions alive in their hill town home.


  • Pal Johansen, tour guide from Oslo
  • Nina Bernardo, Italy tour guide from Rome
  • Cecilia Bottai, Italian tour guide and vintner
  • Ann Long, Italy tour guide from Sorrento
  • Feature on Montepulciano, Italy from Cameron Hewitt 

Picture Credit Michael A. Michail


Return of the Prodigal Son - Rembrandt

Return of the Prodigal Son

Forgiveness flounders because I exclude the enemy from the community of humans and myself from the community of sinners.

– Miroslav Volf, Exclusion & Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation

Edward Kim on Volf’s Exclusion & Embrace

Sermon: “Answering the Call of Love” by Rev. Jason Cook

“If you’ve looked ahead on your order service you know we’re going to be singing the song “Standing on the Side of Love” today, only we are going to be singing it as “answering the call of love” instead. The composer, Jason Shelton, has asked us to sing it that way from now on. The question is why?

In a word: ableism.”
Is the beginning of Rev Jason Cook’s Sermon delivered at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fullerton, CA on November 13, 2016. I hope you find it insightful.

Sunday May 7, 2017: Pura Vida!

Pura vida! It is a catchphrase in Costa Rica, and translates to Pure life! Something like when my Tai Chi instructor says “It’s all Tai Chi” to encourage us when we aren’t perfect. I’ll be talking about the different landscape and lifestyle we experienced in Costa Rica, some ideas from a book I read recently, Civilization and Barbarism, and trying to clarify for me and you some rather rambling thoughts on just living, and living in community. In any case, we will have music and singing and celebrating our community.

It is also Pluralism Sunday, and a day we have been asked to have a teach-in on white supremacy by several caucuses of people of color within our Unitarian Universalist Association.

Peace, joy, and love,

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 will meet at from 10am to 10:45 am with a coffee gathering before the service. More about us.

Adult religious education, at 10, will be our business and planning meeting for the next five or six months, including our Spiritual Outings for the summer. Bring your thoughts on services, outings, and anything else we should plan for.

Children are welcome. There is childcare and an activity for young children during the service.

The building is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible restroom.

You can park on either side of the PWA building. The lots are marked as private, but are available on Sunday mornings.


Email or use our contact form for more information

or write to us at PO Box 523, Clarksburg WV 26302