Upcoming Worship Services
Sunday Worship Services at 9:30am and 11:00am
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24
"Are We Good?” - Rev. Bruce Beisner
What does it mean when we say we honor “the inherent worth and dignity of every person”? Is our worth based on being good or on being right? Our faith has long affirmed that human nature is essentially positive and has rejected doctrines of original sin and depravity. In today’s world, does it still work to assume the best in ourselves and in others? If not, what’s the alternative?
SUNDAY OCTOBER 1
“Reformation & Resistance” - Rev. Bruce Beisner
500 years ago this month, Martin Luther dared to publicly post his objections to the practices of the Catholic Church. What followed was a dramatic split in Western Christianity that changed the religious landscape of Europe and the world. We’ll explore this history and talk about how our world is calling out for “reformation” today.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 8
“Blessing of the Animals” - Rev. Bruce Beisner
Hurricane Harvey forced us to cancel our planned “Blessing of the Animals” services on September 27. But have no fear! Your animals WILL get blessed this year! Bring your family pet or animal companion with you to church on Sunday October 8 and join us for these fun services for all-ages at 9:30am and 11:00am in the Cockrell Fellowship Hall.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 15
“The Divine Darkness” - Raphael Warner
Many times we talk about finding hope or light in the darkness. But what lessons does the darkness itself offer us? Raphael is a student at the Starr King School for the Ministry and is serving this year as our Student Minister here at BAUUC. An all-church Lunch will follow the 11:00am worship service on October 15.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 22
“The Tragedy and Hope of Universalism” - Rev. Sam Schaal
When the Unitarians and the Universalists merged in 1961, we lost some core ideas that had been part of historical Universalism. As a result, we have experienced diminished inward spiritual depth (despite our education) and an inability to evangelize significant numbers of people (despite countless growth campaigns, branding, messaging and reorganizing). But seeds of hope remain! Rev. Schaal served as our Interim Minister here at BAUUC from 2010 to 2012. He has recently returned to Houston and is currently serving as the Transitional Assistant Minister at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 29
“Is Halloween About More Than Candy and Costumes?” - Patti Withers & Rev. Beisner
We’ll honor All-Hallows Eve with all-ages services looking into the deeper meanings behind some of our favorite traditions. The services on October 29 will include stories, a costume parade, special music from our Choir, and a share the plate offering to support children around the world. The annual Fall Festival of UNICEF will follow the 11:00am service.
Families gather together in our sanctuary for the first portion of the Sunday morning worship service. Following the Story for All Ages, our children go to religious education activities. Our services on Sunday October 8 and October 29 will be for all-ages; children and youth will remain with their families in the sanctuary for the entire service. Childcare is available in our nursery for infants and toddlers during both services every Sunday.