30 Days of Love – Theme – Interdependence :: Democracy & Electoral Justice – Day 1

“If interdependence is the inescapable reality of our relationships to one another and to the earth, then true democracy is both a spiritual and political practice of honoring that interconnectedness. The natural, faithful response to the blessing of being endowed with both freedom and dignity is for each of us to find our people in community, to continue building ever-expanding relationships of mutuality and trust, and to collectively and courageously take up the work of fighting for a world in which all of us are free and flourishing. 

May we undertake that work with dedication, humility, and joy.” – Reflection by Rev. Ashley Horan

30 Days of Love 2023

Tomorrow begins 30 days of Love.

“Side With Love is thrilled to announce 30 Days of Love 2023! Our annual month of spiritual nourishment, political grounding, and shared practices of faith and justice, 30 Days of Love will go from Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 16) through Valentine’s Day (February 14).

This year’s 30 Days of Love is a gift to our whole community: a love letter, a warm hug, a spiritual balm for all of the individuals, families, religious professionals, partners and communities that embody our values and work for justice and liberation year round. Each week will feature a spiritual theme overlapping with one of Side With Love’s intersectional justice priorities, and we’ll share an array of offerings to help nourish your spirit and give gratitude and affirmation.”

West Fork UUs will be participating by posting daily affirmations connecting with the weekly themes. We hope that you join us.

World Religion Day

“World Religion Day, originally a Baha’i-inspired interfaith idea observed worldwide on the third Sunday of January each year, has taken on a life of its own.” – More here

Let us have concord with our own people,
and concord with people who are strangers to us;
The Divine Twins create between us and the strangers
a unity of hearts.
May we unite in our minds, unite in our purposes,
and not fight against the divine spirit within us.
Let not the battle-cry arise amidst many slain,
nor the arrows of the War-god fall with the break of day.
~Hinduism. Atharva Veda 7.52.1-2″

Prayer
O Thou kind Lord! Thou hast created all humanity from the one
stock. Thou hast decreed that all shall belong to the same
household. In Thy Holy Presence they are all Thy servants, and
all mankind are sheltered beneath Thy tabernacle; all have
gathered together at Thy Table of Bounty; all are illumined
through the light of Thy Providence.
O God! Thou art kind to all, Thou hast provided for all, dost
shelter all, conferrest life upon all. Thou hast endowed each
and all with talents and faculties, and all are submerged in the
Ocean of Thy Mercy.
O Thou kind Lord. Unite all. Let the religions agree and make
the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family
and the whole earth as one home. may they all live together in
perfect harmony.
O God! Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind.
~Άbdu’l-Bahá

Sunday, November 27th, 2022: The Complexity of Family

Thanksgiving is a time for us to spend time with family, but “family” is a word with a myriad of interpretations. This lesson led by John Hall will explore what family is versus the many ways the idea expresses itself and how those expressions can affect our perceptions and spirituality.

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. Robert Helfer will lead the service.

Please join us for Worship:


Our services are Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time on ZOOM and in person at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. If you wish to join on ZOOM, please contact us for logon information. A coffee hour, a time for discussion and socializing (including ZOOM participants), follows from the end of the service until 12:00 noon. More about us.

Classes and worship are replaced by Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer, with brief worship, a potluck picnic, and outdoor activities. The schedule is in the sidebar.

We would love to have you come worship with us.

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

The building is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible restroom.

Map

The schedule for the current adult religious education class is here.

Email westforkuu@gmail.com or use our contact form for more information

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

Death of Michael Servetus

On this date, 27 October 1553, Michael Servetus, physician and theologian, was burned at the stake in Geneva, Switzerland, for the crime of rejecting the doctrine of the Trinity. He was the first European to describe pulmonary circulation. The description, unnoticed by any of the heretic hunters who examined Servetus’ books, was hidden in the book that Calvin ordered to be burned along with Servetus himself.

A full description of Servetus’ trial and execution can be found in Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone, Out of the Flames: The Remarkable Story of a Fearless Scholar, a Fatal Heresy, and One of the Rarest Books in the World, or Roland H. Bainton, Hunted Heretic: The Life and Death of Michael Servetus, 1511-1553.

Read more here.