2018 Sunday Services

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January

2018 January 01, New Year's Day

2018 January 07
Rev. Barry Whittemore
"For Faith is a Gift from God: Religious Toleration"


Come celebrate the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda, essentially the first act of religious toleration in the western world. It was a decree issued in the Kingdom of Transylvania in 1568 authorizing local communities to freely elect preachers, allow the public discussion of dogma, and prohibit the persecution of individuals on religious grounds.

Service Leader: Kasey. Music: CD.

2018 January 06, Epiphany

2018 January 14
Sara Henderson
"Redistricting Reforms To Strengthen One Person, One Vote Democracy"


Sara will explain how reforming the process for defining voting districts after each census works to ensure that districts have equal voting population, providing individual voters with equal representation.

Service Leader: Melba Gandy. Music: John Puett (piano). Youth RE.

2018 January 15, Monday, Martin Luther King Day

2018 January 21
Ken Sizemore
"Ken's Original Music: Songs Of My Family and Friends"


During this musical morning Ken will share memories seen through rose colored glasses. There will be songs about high school romance, best buddies for life, the miracle of finding SUSIE, the amazing and supernaturally brilliant Sizemore boys, a "Music Man" dad who did not actually exist, and a tongue-in-cheek look at the generation gap as demonstrated by musical trends and tastes. This program will be unabashedly sentimental.

Service Leader: Sam Davis. Music: Ken Sizemore (guitar). Potluck.

2018 January 20, Inauguration Day

2018 January 28
Chuck Cogliandro and the Emerson Drummers
"Kumandi Drums & Healing"


The Emerson Drummers have 21 years together. The group honors the deep cultural roots of the people of West Africa, from whom the music comes and for whom the music provides strength, connection, life force and celebration.

Service Leader: Gayle Wood. Music: John Puett (piano). Youth RE & Potluck.

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February

2018 February 01, National Freedom Day

2018 February 02, Groundhog Day

2018 February 03, Wear Red Day

2018 February 04
Rev. Jennifer Dalton
"The Ethical Use of Power"


The news media has recently been filled with stories of powerful people who abused their authority and position. Each of us may find ourselves in situations every day where we wield power. How can we be more aware of these situations and more aware of how we wield power in our personal and public lives?

Service Leader: Terry Woehr. Music: John Puett (piano).

2018 February 11, Lincoln's Birthday, Tu Bishvat/Tu B'Shevat
Rev. Barry Whittemore
"Remembering Robert Low"


We will have a celebration of life service for Robert Low, conducted at Mountain Light by Dr. Barry Whittemore. The service will begin at 10:30, with friends gathering for coffee at 10:00.

Robert Low, an active and valued member of Mountain Light since 2014, passed away on December 29. Robert had been our service leader and soloist on occasion. Robert and Ann (wife) were married at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta 47 years ago. Robert and Ann have a daughter, Meagan, residing in Decatur.

Robert was active in rescuing Great Pyrenees dogs, which he loved to train as therapy dogs and take to visit nursing homes and libraries in Ellijay. He was, also, involved in American Legion, Friends of Gilmer Animal Shelter, and many other civic groups.

The memorial service will be followed by lunch at Mountain Light. Members and friends are asked to bring vegetables, salad, or dessert to share.

Music: Recorded. Potluck/Reception.

2018 February 14, Valentine's Day

2018 February 15, Susan B. Anthony's Birthday

2018 February 18
Pastor Lord David-Michael Searcy
"Be My Valentine"


Valentine's Day is a time to tell our loved ones, as well as friends with whom we may not agree, that we love them. It is a time to practice Jesus's commandments to love God, love your neighbor, and to practice Buddha's teachings of compassion for all human beings regardless of nationality, religion, race, gender, creed, or sexual creation. We all want to live in oneness and harmony as one world under God/Goddess.

Service Leader: Collen Burdick. Music: John Puett (piano). Potluck.

2018 February 20, Presidents' Day

2018 February 25
Ron Sturgis
"Spirituality and Personality Type"


Ron Sturgis discussed the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and how Personality Types influence personal growth and spirituality. In addition, he discussed the relationship between personality type and religious preference and also how different personalities approach spiritual practice. Finally, he will have a discussion with the congregation about how personality type can be used to better understand and empathize with each other at MLUU.

Service Leader: Laura Sturgis. Music: John Puett (piano). Youth RE.

2018 February 28, Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras

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March

2018 March 01, Ash Wednesday, St. David's Day

2018 March 02, Read Across America Day

2018 March 04
Rev. Barry Whittemore
"Stories, Psalms, and Spring: Coping with the Present, Hope for the Future"


Rev. Barry Whittemore, a UU minister, was our guest speaker.

Service Leader: Kasey. Music: CD.

2018 March 11, Purim, DST begins
Rev. Marti Keller
"Eloquent Rage"


Regardless of gender, we receive persistent messages about the folly of, the downside of anger. A couple of years back a documentary film chronicled the history of righteous anger when women sought the right to vote, the right of reproductive choice. It was titled "She's Beautiful When She's Angry". This year, one of the most anticipated new books was "Eloquent Rage", celebrating the power behind the activism of black women. What are the lessons for all of us?

Service Leader: Gayle Wood. Music: John Puett (piano). Youth RE.

2018 March 17, St. Patrick's Day

2018 March 18, Purim
Rev. Scott Dillard
"To Grow Spiritually We Must Embrace Change"


In this service, Scott will lead us to look at change as a necessary concept in the quest for spiritual growth. To inspire growth, change is not an end in itself, nor does it mean jumping from one point of view to another just for the sake of transient experience of something different. Productive change is a disciplined, conscientious process that creates an upward spiral of progressive transitions that lead to broader, deeper understanding and richer relationships.

Service Leader: Kathy Romanick. Music: John Puett (piano). Potluck.

2018 March 20, Spring Equinox

2018 March 25, Palm Sunday
John Pavlovitz
"A Bigger Table"


Friend, the heart of the bigger table is the realization that we don’t have to share someone’s experience to respect their road. As we move beyond the lazy theology and easy caricatures that seek to remove any gray from people’s lives, we can meet them in that grayness, right where they are without demanding that they become something else in order to earn proximity to us or to a God who loves them dearly. Just as was true in the life and ministry of Jesus, real love is not contingent upon alteration, it simply is. There is no earning of fellowship or deserving of closeness; there is only the invitation itself and the joy that comes when you are fully seen and fully heard.

Service Leader: Laura Sturgis. Music: John Puett (piano). Youth RE & Potluck.

2018 March 30, Passover begins

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April

2018 April 01, Easter
Rev. Lord David-Michael Searcy
"If You're Out There"


We are the risen Christ, and we are ready to shake the world and help the human family to Believe again, because it starts within. We don't have to wait for destiny; we should be the change that we want to see. If you're out there, you're ready to reach out and touch somebody's hand and make this world a better place, because we can.

This will be an Easter Sunrise Service, held at the home of Terry and Ted Woehr in Coosawattee River Resort. Please let them know if you plan to attend so that your name will be on the guest list at the gate.

Service Leader: Terry Woehr. Music: CD. Potluck.

2018 April 07, Last Day of Passover

2018 April 08
Rev. Jennifer Dalton
"It's All Relational"


Our seventh principle tells us we affirm and promote "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." Can we imagine how this web connects the human species, how we are living consistently in relationship with each other and the world around us? Is our relationship with the world healthy? What about our relationships with one another? Can we learn to tend our relationships in the same way we tend the earth?

Service Leader: Geraldine Barker. Music: John Puett (piano). Youth RE.

2018 April 12, Maundy Thursday, Thomas Jefferson's Birthday

2018 April 15, Emancipation Day
Ed Wolpert
"How Could This Have Happened - Why the Jews?"


This service will be devoted to Holocaust Remembrance and Anti-semitism. There will be a special candle lighting and poem in memory of the nine million killed in the Holocaust, including six million Jews, as well as homosexuals, gypsies, and political dissidents.

There will be a brief reading from a booklet published by David Bergman entitled, "My Testimony and Legacy". David passed away at the end of January 2018 at the age of 86 - a Holocaust Survivor and lifelong Holocaust educator. He was taken to Auschwitz and other death camps from the age of twelve in 1944 until the end of World War II.

Service Leader: Karl Seidman. Music: John Puett (piano). Potluck.

2018 April 17 Emancipation Day (observed)

2018 April 18, Tax Day

2018 April 22, Earth Day
Terry Woehr & Gayle Wood
"Pledge Sunday"


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Music: John Puett (piano). Youth RE.

2018 April 24, Yom HaShoah, Isra and Mi'raj

2018 April 28, Arbor Day

2018 April 29
Adrianne Corticelli & Colleen Burdick
"Earth Week Program"


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Music: John Puett (piano). Potluck.

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May

2018 May 01, May Day, Law Day, Loyalty Day

2018 May 02, Yom Ha'atzmaut

2018 May 04, Kent State Shootings Remembrance, National Day of Prayer

2018 May 05, Cinco de Mayo

2018 May 06, National Nurses Day
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"Flower Ceremony"


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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD.

2018 May 13, Mother's Day, Lag BaOmer
Rev. Scott Dillard
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett (piano). Youth RE.

2018 May 15, Peace Officers Memorial Day

2018 May 20, Armed Forces Day
Laura Burton
"Touchstones"


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Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett (piano). Potluck.

2018 May 22, Harvey Milk Day, National Maritime Day

2018 May 25, Ascension Day, National Missing Children's Day

2018 May 27, Ramadan starts
Pastor Lord David-Michael Searcy
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett (piano). Youth RE.

2018 May 29, Memorial Day

2018 May 31, Shavuot

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June

2018 June 03, Pentecost
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Annual Meeting


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Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett (piano).

2018 June 05, Whit Monday

2018 June 10
Rev. Scott Dillard
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett (piano). Youth RE.

2018 June 14, Flag Day

2018 June 15, Corpus Christi

2018 June 17, Father's Day
Rev. Jennifer Dalton
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Service Leader: Karl Seidman. Music: John Puett (piano). Potluck.

2018 June 19, Juneteenth (Emancipation Day)

2018 June 21, Summer Solstice, Lailat al-Qadr

2018 June 24
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: John Puett (piano). Youth RE.

2018 June 26, Eid al-Fitr

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July

2018 July 01
Ken Sizemore
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: Ken Sizemore (guitar).

2018 July 04, Independence Day

2018 July 08
Rev. Whittemore (tentative)
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Youth RE.

2018 July 15
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Potluck.

2018 July 22, Parents' Day
Pastor Lord and High Priest David-Michael Searcy
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Youth RE.

2018 July 29
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Potluck.

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August

2018 August 01, Tisha B'Av

2018 August 05
Rev. Scott Dillard
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD.

2018 August 12
Rev. Jennifer Dalton
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Youth RE.

2018 August 15, Assumption of Mary

2018 August 19
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Potluck.

2018 August 21, Senior Citizens Day

2018 August 26, Women's Equality Day

2018 August 26
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Youth RE.

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September

2018 September 02, Eid al-Adha

2018 September 02
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD.

2018 September 04, Labor Day

2018 September 09, Grandparents' Day
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Youth RE.

2018 September 16, Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Potluck.

2018 September 21, Rosh Hashana

2018 September 22, Muharram, Fall Equinox

2018 September 23, Gold Star Mother's Day
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Youth RE.

2018 September 30
Pastor Lord and High Priest David-Michael Searcy
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Potluck.

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October

2018 October 02, Child Health Day

2018 October 04, Feast of St Francis of Assisi

2018 October 05, First Day of Sukkot

2018 October 07
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD.

2018 October 09, Indigenous People's Day, Columbus Day, Leif Erikson Day

2018 October 11, Last Day of Sukkot

2018 October 12, Shmini Atzeret

2018 October 13, Simchat Torah

2018 October 14
Rev. Jennifer Dalton
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Youth RE.

2018 October 16, Boss's Day

2018 October 21
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Potluck.

2018 October 28
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Youth RE.

2018 October 31, Halloween

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November

2018 November 01, All Saints' Day

2018 November 02, All Souls' Day

2018 November 04, DST ends
Ken Sizemore
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD.

2018 November 07, Election Day

2018 November 11, Veterans Day

2018 November 11
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Youth RE.

2018 November 18
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Potluck.

2018 November 23, Thanksgiving Day

2018 November 24, Black Friday

2018 November 25
Pastor Lord and High Priest David-Michael Searcy
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Youth RE.

2018 November 27, Cyber Monday

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December

2018 December 01, The Prophet's Birthday

2018 December 02, 1st Sunday of Advent
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD.

2018 December 06, St Nicholas' Day

2018 December 07, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

2018 December 08, Feast of the Immaculate Conception

2018 December 09
Rev. Jennifer Dalton
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Youth RE.

2018 December 13, Chanukah begins

2018 December 16, Wright Brothers Day
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Potluck.

2018 December 20, Last Day of Chanukah

2018 December 21, Winter Solstice

2018 December 23, Christmas Eve
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"Edible Gift Exchange"


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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Youth RE.

2018 December 25, Christmas Day

2018 December 26, Kwanzaa begins

2018 December 30, New Year's Eve
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Service Leader: TBA. Music: CD. Potluck.