WEST PARIS — The First Universalist Church of West Paris will resume worship services on Sunday, Sept.20, after the summer break. Sunday services take place at 9 a.m. September to June, with a combination of guest speakers, worship service committee-led services and at least twice monthly by the Rev. Fayre Stephenson. Refreshments follow the services. All are welcome.
Sept. 10: Water Communion, led by Stephenson. Those attending will bring a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. At the appointed time during the service, one by one, they will pour their water in a large bowl. As they add the water, they will tell those gathered why the water is special.
Sept. 17: “Crucible in the Mountains,” led by guest speaker, the Rev. Nancy Haverington. The service is dedicated to Mary Moody Emerson, who Haverington describes as the genius behind her nephew, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Mary’s farm was in Waterford.
Haverington is a UCC minister, Emerson scholar and playwright. As first female minister of historic First Parish Church of Newbury, she was recognized for founding “Spirits of Earth & Spirit” eco-ministry, “New Eden Collaborative” mission (community gardens and environmental programs), “Growing Together” garden-based special needs program, and “Our Secret Garden” nature-based preschool.
She resigned in 2013 to return to Harvard to finish her dissertation on Ralph Waldo Emerson’s nature and resume her professional creative writing. Winner of the Harvard Arts Award, her plays have been produced in Boston, Newburyport and New York.
Haverington has written a screenplay about Mary Moody Emerson. Haverington’s screenplay, “The Silent Seed,” has been nominated for best screenplay in Berlin at the International Festival of World Cinema. A concert reading of her screenplay, “Mary Moody Emerson: Angel of Death,” will take place at the Screening Room from 4 to 6 p.m. March 25, 2018, in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Sept. 24: Holy Restoration, led by Stephenson. During the days between Rosh Hashanah, Sept. 21, and Yom Kippur, Sept. 30, the Jewish will make peace with those they have wronged. The task is about truth and wholeness, not about the comfort of forgiveness. How would it be to seek such holy restoration?