All services are held on Sundays at 11:00 am unless otherwise noted.
November 17 – “Facing Feet of Clay” by Troy Peters
How do we deal with the betrayal and disappointment we feel when people we admire do despicable things? When a disturbing documentary about Michael Jackson was released just weeks before Troy Peters was scheduled to conduct a concert of Jackson’s music earlier this year, identifying a good path forward was tough. In the end, though, Unitarian Universalist principles can offer insight on this and other situations in which our idols turn out to have feet of clay.
Troy Peters has been a member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio since 2011. A conductor and composer, he is the Music Director of Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA) and Orchestra Director at UTSA.
November 24 – “Bread Communion” by Dr. Sheri Phillabaum
Made of many different grains and other staple foods, bread of various kinds has been the foundation of life in many cultures and times. We’ll set a worship table of thanksgiving for all that is good in our lives with dynamic song, story, and a bread communion. All are invited (but not required) to bring a bread from their own family culture. That could mean an old family recipe or the wonder bread you ate as a child, or a special gluten-free loaf, and lots of other options in between.
Instructions for bringing bread:
Please cut up/cube the bread in advance or easy communion distribution.
Keep your bread with you until invited during the service to place it on the altar. If you come to church early, you could leave it in the kitchen until service time.
If your bread is suitable for special diets, such as gluten-free, please label.
An attractive container will make for a more visually compelling communion table.
Dr. Sheri Phillabaum is our Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE). She is a master-level credentialed religious educator serving First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Antonio since 2008.
December 1 – “Buttons, Bumper Stickers and Activism” by Donna Pereira
Donna will be discussing the topic of whether we, as UU’s, are compelled by our faith to be active participants in social justice actions.
Donna Pereira grew up in Rhode Island as the oldest and smartest of five children. She graduated from the University of Rhode Island without distinction and was awarded an MBA from St. Louis University in spite of her aversion to calculus. She became a dedicated Unitarian Universalist in 1997 shortly after moving to Connecticut from Missouri where she had been banished for 20 years. She has always been liberal in her politics and religion and is delighted to find herself in a congregation of likeminded freethinkers. She is the mother of one daughter and the extremely proud grandmother of three amazing, talented kids who aspire to become Jedi Masters.
December 8 – “I’m In” by Annaliese Cothron
December 15 – TBD by Rev. Art Severance
Rev. Art Severance was our minister for 15 years from 1991 to 2006. Rev. Art graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary with a Masters degree in Divinity in 1987 and later completed his internship at the Princeton Unitarian Church. After becoming our minister in March of 1991, the church grew from 250 to over 400 members. The Sanctuary was built during his time with us as well. Rev. Art later served in UU ministry at Boulder Valley UU Fellowship in Lafayette, Colorado, East Shore UU Church in Kirtland, Ohio, First UU Church of Stockton, California, and at the UU Church of Amherst, NY. He retired in 2015 and moved back to San Antonio. He now occasionally preaches at our church and at churches in the area.
December 22 – “Christmas Pageant”
Have you always wanted to be a shepherd in a Christmas pageant? How about a wise person or an angel? This may be your chance! Join us as we re-enact the nativity story in this fun, no-pressure pageant. You might even be the star (of Bethlehem)!
December 24 – “Christmas Eve Candlelight Service”
7:00pm in the Sanctuary
December 29 – “Fire Communion” by the Worship Committee