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Sunday Services

Sunday services begin at 10:45 a.m.   Children begin in the sanctuary for the opening of the service, then move to the Religious Education class after the Story for All Ages.  We are located at 1951 E. Park Ave. in Valdosta, next to J.L. Newbern Middle School.

Sunday, February 2 – Soul Matters theme: “Resilience”

            We will share a message from Rev. Jaco B. ten Hove, “Resilience As A Spiritual Strength” as part of the Soul Matters theme for this month.

 Sunday, February 9 – Dr. Michael Noll, “Stumbling to Remember – Lessons from Germany’s Vergangenheitsbewältigung

In 1990, the German artist Gunter Demnig painted a trail onto streets and sidewalks in Cologne to bring to the attention of its citizens that 50 years earlier 1,000 Roma and Sinti had been deported from their city in what was a test run for the Holocaust.

As the painted trail started to wear away, the artist sought to replace it with a more durable project, which eventually led to the creation of stumbling stones (“Stolpersteine”). Since the 1990s, Gunter Demnig has installed tens of thousands of brass-plated stones into sidewalks in Germany and neighboring countries, to remember victims of the Holocaust, and to indicate their last known address of choice.

This presentation focuses on the importance of the stumbling stones project for the German society, it takes a closer look at similar remembrance and reconciliation projects in the United States, and it explores the question of what lessons can be learned from Germany’s Vergangenheitsbewältigung.   Dr. Michael Noll is Professor of Geography at Valdosta State University.

Sunday, February 16 –  Rev. George Bennett, “The Path of Transformation is Love.”

There appears to be three paths that people take no matter what religious tradition they come from or even profess.  They appear to me to be: 1. God and the universe is for us.  2. God and the universe is against us. 3. God and the universe is neutral. The sermon on Sunday will come down squarely on the first option. I see God on our side. Carl Jung speaks of synchronicity, Christianity speaks of providence, Hinduism speaks of karma.

I see a benevolent universe in which the foundation of all things is love.

Share the Plate Sunday:  Donations to the plate this Sunday, not otherwise designated as pledges, will go to Lowndes Associated Ministries to the People (LAMP).  LAMP provides a number of services to individuals and families:  emergency shelter, day services for homeless individuals, street outreach, clothes closet, empowerment classes and more.   UU is one of the original participating churches in LAMP.

Sunday, February 23 –  Rev. Anna Hall, “Creative Spirit: What makers can teach us about faith”