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Our first service in March features members and friends of our UU Jazz group.  Many forms of jazz begin with a tune, played straight, as originally written.  After the tune is played through, the musicians take turns making something new out of this basic structure.   We might think of the original tune as a statement of truth, and the improvisations as responses to the question, “But is that all there is?” 

The second service, on March 11, is a 10 AM service for all ages.  It will be built around an improvisation on the classic myth about Pandora.  Is it possible to hide truths about life’s difficulties?  What would happen if we could? 

On March 18, I’ll base my reflections on the film, “For the Bible Tells Me So,” a documentary the Big Ol’ Gay Committee will show on March 16.  In that film, parents and their adult gay and lesbian children share journeys colored by literalist biblical “faith” that taught them that homosexuality is a sin.  They are gripping stories of struggle, and varying degrees of coming to terms, with different kinds of truth.

Finally, on March 25, our youth will lead us in worship, giving us a glimpse of their own searches for truth and meaning as they explore impermanence and transformation.

I look forward to discovering what will emerge, as spring officially makes its entrance.   Here is one of my already-discovered truths:  I am blessed and grateful to be your minister.
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Sunday Mornings at 10 AM
 Childcare provided at all serrvices 
   
March 8 
"An Antidote to Fear"The Reverend Sara LaWall 
The power of belovedness is an antidote to fear.  As a people of bold faith, we are called by this power of belovedness to create a more just and peaceful world.  Doing so requires we walk into the fear and fully embrace a vision of possibility.
 
 March 15
 Musical Sunday: Bragging for Humanity Gregory Hayes, Music Director 
(Share the Plate Sunday)
 The physician and author Lewis Thomas was asked how humans could best communicate with extra-terrestrial life. He suggested music--specifically, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach: "Bach, all of Bach, streamed out into space, over and over again. We would be bragging, of course..." Two weeks ahead of the composer's 330th birthday, we'll hear Bach's concerto in D minor for two violins and orchestra. Greg will do his best to explain why this constitutes bragging of the highest order.  
 
 

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