March 26 – The Life of Bob Dylan
Music and a brief look at the life of Bob Dylan, presented by UUFE’s David Stevens. Dylan was the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 2016 for more than 50 years of writing and performing his uniquely personal music. As much a poet as musician, Dylan has written a very diverse body of work that has reflected his artistic vision and curiosity. Come to sing and listen to some of the more interesting examples of Dylan’s songs.
April 2 – Where is Home?
How have geographic moves shaped who you are? What draws us to a new place? What inspires us to ‘stay put’? At this service, Rev. Sue Browning will explore how a sense of place in our lives influences our experiences and our understanding of immigration. The choir will sing.
Transformation can be subtle and apparent only in retrospect. At other times it is sudden, unexpected, and profound. Come join Rabbi Naomi Hyman as we consider the conditions that give rise to these unforeseen epiphanies, the nature of the experience, and the transformation that results.
Drawing on teachings both ancient and modern, Rabbi Naomi guides her students in spiritual practices that awaken the soul, including sacred text study, meditation, ritual, and prayer. Rabbi Naomi was ordained by Aleph: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, in 2003. She also received a private contemplative ordination from Rabbi David Cooper in recognition of both her rabbinic studies and intensive meditation training under his guidance. She is the editor of Biblical Women in the Midrash: A Sourcebook and co-editor of Trees, Earth and Torah: A Tu B’Shvat Anthology. Learn more at www.rabbinaomihyman.com.
April 16 – Intentional Yearning
How do we make space for the new? Father Richard Rohr sees this: “Yearning for a new way will not produce it. Only ending the old way can do that.” At this service, Rev. Sue Browning will reflect on the story of Easter as a path to the new. All are welcome as we come together to share and sing on Easter morning.
April 23 – Making Room for the ‘Next Big Thing’
This month we are reflecting on the theme of transformation and the ways we open our hearts to the Next Big Thing. The service will offer ways to reflect upon this question. We joyfully welcome the Polymnia Handbell Choir from Arlington, Virginia, led by Ken Bissell, and choir with thirteen ringers and special music for our hearts and souls.
Benjamin Van Dyne is a seminarian at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where he lives with his partner and year-old son. He grew up in the UU Church of Arlington, Virginia and has worked for ten years as an organizer in a variety of community and labor settings. Ben has preached in UU and Christian pulpits in DC, Virginia, New York, and now Maryland. His less sermonic thoughts can be found on Twitter at @benjaminvandyne