Past Worship Topics presented at UU Church in the Pines.
August Theme – Belonging
August 28, 2022 – Belonging in Brooksville
Local historian, author and historian Bob Martinez will share insights about belonging in a small town. A light potluck lunch will be served afterwards.
Main Street (1958) Brooksville Fla. Photo
Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories archives
August 21, 2022 – The Rainbow Bridge
Jennifer Merkosky will share stories of our connection to animals.
Photo: I. Keim
14, 2022 – Belonging and Being in Unitarian Universalism
Robert Keim reminds us that we covenant to affirm shared values and have the freedom to choose our faith path. Join us for a light potluck lunch afterwards.
August 7, 2022 – Conversations about Widening the Circle
Former diversity trainers Myrna and Jose Rosa will share stories of their work and invite the congregation to also share.
July Theme – Beloved Community
July 31, 2022 – The Rights of Nature – Hope and Action
Join our team of presenters as we explore the theology and practical application of hope to the vision of Rights of Nature. The presenters will be Bob Keim, Irene Keim and Rosemarie Grubba.
Photo: Myakka River, Robert Keim
July 24, 2022 – Stage-door Theology vs. Liberation Theology
Author and teacher Ibram X. Kenji had a conversation with UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray at the 2022 UUA General Assembly which was held in late June in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Kenji introduced his research in how racism is used in public policy, theology and individual choices.
July 17, 2022 – The Transient and The Permanent
Robert Keim will introduce the sermon by Rev. Bill Sinkford from the Opening Worship for our 2022 UUA General Assembly in Portland, Oregon in late June. Rev. Sinkford challenges us to consider what in our faith is permanent and what about our faith must respond to the times in which we live.
Photo: Chalice at General Assembly, UUWorld.org
July 10, 2022 – Building the Beloved Community
Robert Keim will share thoughts about the need for ‘the fields of promise to become fields of reality.’ Music will be provided by John St. John. Join in-person or online on Zoom.
July 3, 2022 – So…How Are We Doing? Part 2
Bring your creative ideas for our congregation of the future. Ellen Paul will moderate our discussion. Join in-person or on Zoom.
Photo: 17 Billion Suns around a Black Hole 200 Million Light Years Away – NASA
June Theme – Play
June 26, 2022 So…How are we doing?
Reflect with Ellen Paul on our congregation and our services. This is an in-person service only. Zoom will resume next week.
June 19, 2022 – Zambia: A Homecoming of the Heart
The goodness and beauty in Zambia of the people and nature will be shared with us through story and photos by Brenda Auch and Karin Clarke.
Photo: Marcus Phillippe
June 12, 2022 – Mind Games – Why You Should Let Your Mind Wander
Our wandering thoughts may be GOOD, not bad. Ellen Paul will explain why and how wandering can be key to creativity.
June 5, 2022 – Unitarian Universalist Christians
Robert Keim, Chaplain will explore the UU Christian tradition and theology.
Our Services will continue online and in-person at Profound Revelations Studios in downtown Brooksville for the foreseeable future.
May Theme – Courage
May 29, 2022 – The Courage to Put Legs on Faith
HOW do we ‘keep on keeping on’ in these times? Come to listen and share with Robert Keim, Chaplain. Our Services will continue online and in-person at Profound Revelations Studios in downtown Brooksville for the foreseeable future.
Photo: KKGAS/Stocksy United
May 22, 2022 – The Courage to Try Something New
This program will be led by Patria Dye and Irene Keim, co-creating a different kind of Sunday Service – something new!
May 15, 2022 – The Courage to be Joyful.
Ellen Paul will share inspiring stories to encourage us to choose joy over fear.
Remember, we are meeting in downtown Brooksville at Profound Revelations Studio, 316 W. Jefferson, Brooksville, FL. Bring finger foods to share after the Service.
Photo: Sue Fitzmourice
May 8, 2022 – The Courage to Teach, The Courage to be a Mother, and The Courage to Be Imperfect
Our theme for May is courage. Andy LePage describes the presentation: “Sunday’s talk centers on Courage: The Courage to Teach, the Courage to be a Mother, and the Courage to Be Imperfect — which is the Courage needed to Let Go. I want to explore what courage is and how it is expressed. I want to anchor it in an *apophthegm that I created: “Courage is a soft strength that is always there, that becomes a tough strength when used!” (*Look this up in your Funk and Wagnalls!)”
Quote: Andy LePage, PhD.
May 1, 2022 – Where Do I Find Unitarian Universalist Theology?
Join us for the Sunday Service in downtown Brooksville at the Profound Revelations Studio, 316 W. Jefferson, Brooksville, FL. Robert Keim will share stories of UU theologians over the ages. Yes, we really do have theology – contrary to what some folks say.
Photo: © 2022 Kate Forrester
April Theme – Awakenings
April 24, 2022 – Get Rooted, Get Ready! Earth Day 2022
The annual UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE.org) spring service honoring Earth Day. Included will be a premier of the choral anthem ‘All of Us’ composed by Dana Clark and performed by UUMFE Virtual Choir under the direction of John Olin.
Photo: UU Ministry for Earth, UUMFE.org
April 17, 2022 – The Symbolism of Easter: Awakening to Its Pagan and Mystical Roots
Dr. Andy LePage will lead this Sunday Service looks at the symbolism of Easter and our awakening to its pagan and mystical roots. We will look deeply at how Easter became a Christian feast, and also uncover what Easter really is about. How does Easter affect our world today? What might a new understanding of this springtime celebration mean for us?
April 10, 2022 – A Creedless Faith
Robert Keim introduces the discussion of how Unitarian Universalism is a ‘creedless’ faith with covenanted values. The in-person service will be in the Nature Coast Botanical Garden.
Photo: ‘Azaleas’ I. Keim
April 3, 2022 – Poetry and Music Sunday
Robert Keim will moderate and contribute to our Annual Poetry Sunday. Jennifer Merkosky and Angela Tsoumaris will also be proving the inspiration of their writing and Jonathan Widger will provide music. This is always a thought-provoking and inspiring Sunday.
Photo: ‘Jenkins Creek’ Bob Webb
March Theme – Grace
March 27, 2022 – What Sustains An Activist?
Reflections from Irene Keim and other sources about sustaining the energy and will to keep-on-keepin’ on when striving for cultural change that reflects our UU Principles.
Photo: ‘Spring Again’ Irene Keim
March 20, 2022 – The Languages of Earth
Do you speak ‘trees’ or ‘water?’ Robert Keim, Chaplain explores our relationships on Earth.
Photo: Carlton Ward
March 13, 2022 – Black Women Who Made a Difference
Ellen Paul brings us a celebration of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month in one presentation about people whom you may not know made a difference.
March 6, 2022 – Living with Grace
Dr. Andy LePage: What is grace? It’s a courteous goodwill, not asked for, not deserved, but freely given. Inherent in grace is the knowledge that one is receiving love, bringing it into our inner self, and sharing it in a “grace filled” and “graceful” way with others. Grace is a gift which can’t be earned; it is free and abundant and grows when you give it away. We might say grace is a positive feedback loop! Photo: gaychristian101.com
February Theme – Renewal
February 27, 2022 – Renewal in the Garden
For our first Sunday Service in the Garden this spring, Cindy Cooley will present multiple ways we find renewal when connecting with the Garden. Nature Coast Botanical Garden, 1489 Parker Avenue, Spring Hill, FL
Painting: Cindy Cooley
February 20, 2022 – What if I had only 30 days to Love?
Our annual Side With Love Sunday from the UU Association, with speakers from California to New England to Florida. The Worship Service includes music, poetry and introspection.
February 13, 2022 – Love is a Verb!
Join Brenda Auch and Karin Clarke in celebrating that Love is more than a feeling – it is a bond, an aspiration, an inspiration.
February 6, 2022 – Sacred Waters
Sacred Waters run through us all. Join Robert Keim, Chaplain to discuss multiple faith and cultural traditions that invoke water as we celebrate International Wetlands Day (Feb. 2).
Photo: Myakka River by Bob Keim
January Theme – Living with Intention
January 30, 2022 – Life Stories – How I Was Resilient
Challenge to Attitude to Brave with Edward L. Anderson.
Photo: Resilience by Edward L. Anderson
January 23, 2022 – The Warmth of Community
Robert Keim, Chaplain will reflect on the 32nd Anniversary of our UUCiP community.
Photo: Wedding – Virginia and Murray, 1998 Irene Keim
January 16, 2022 – Don’t Sleep Through the Revolution
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 93rd birthday, Ellen Paul will share some of the leader’s ‘words of wisdom.’
January 9, 2022 – Keep On Keeping On! The story of Persistence
Liz Halvosa and Ellen Paul will share encouragement and inspiration as a continuation of our January Theme of Living with Intention.
Photo: Sisyphe ressenza.com
January 2, 2022 – Do New Year’s Resolutions Work? What Could Be Better?
Do New Year’s Resolutions work? Might there be alternatives that are better? Can a resolution or an alternative practice be “guaranteed” to work? To last? We’ll explore these questions, showing you how a resolution can work – guaranteed! – and also why many of them don’t work, often fading faster than the promises of a newly minted politician. We’ll also explore many alternatives to resolutions that can be easier to accomplish. And we’ll have fun doing it!
Photo: Zebra Longwing bdavidcathell.com
December Theme – The Value of Dark
December 26, 2021 – Scrooge
Edward L. Anderson will provide his observations about Scrooge and the message of A Christmas Carol.
Photo: Edmonton glowgardens.com
December 19, 2021 – Why Celebrate the Longest Night?
Why celebrate the Winter Solstice – the shortest day + longest night of the year? Irene Keim will explore the sources of Solstice celebrations and what what they may mean to modern Americans – besides days growing longer.
As is our custom, we are accepting donations for the UUA Disaster Relief Fund – this time for the tornado-stricken Midwest neighbors. This is the second week of collections for the fund.
December 12, 2021 – Discerning in Darkness
Andy LePage, Ph.D. will address the questions: How do we reflect and how do we use reflection to grow as a person? Why is the dark important and what does it mean in our life? And how can we use reflection, the dark, and discernment to become more alive?
Tune in Sunday Morning to get answers to these burning questions, to learn more about reflection, darkness, and hopefully, to become more alive! Also, you will be able to bask in the fragrance of the wonderful Garden, and get a dollop of Vitamin D.
December 5, 2021 – Honoring Pandemics: HIV and COVID
Robert Keim, Chaplain and John St. John discuss the similarities of the two pandemics. “History has a way of repeating itself unless we learn from it.”
Photo: World Aids Day, 2021 WHO.org
November Theme – Circles of Friendship
November 28, 2021 – ‘Alone’ Is A Word Without Meaning in the Forest.
Irene Keim, with much help from author Robin Wall Kimmerer, explores our widening circle of friendships and community. There are teachers all around us.
Photo: Spring Creek Cabin from Oregon State University
November 7, 2021 – What is Metaphysics?
Edward Anderson will share his thoughts about Metaphysics. One of the readings includes this illuminating quote, “When we take fire from our chalice, it does not become less. It becomes more.”
Photo: Welcome to the Light by Edward L. Anderson
October Theme – The Wisdom of our Sources
October 31, 2021 The Wisdom of Mexican Traditions of Remembrance for Those Who Came Before
Brenda Auch and Karin Clarke will share beautiful music, a parade and reflections on Mexican remembrance traditions.
October 24, 2021 Mining Wisdom: Mystics, Prophets, Saints, Sinners, and Mother Earth
Andy LePage brings his wisdom to share how we learn from many sources in our life journey.
October 17, 2021 Living Your Principles
Jessie Pappas shares with us one way to ‘walk the walk and talk the talk.’
October 10, 2021 Being One: Allegiance to Gratitude
Musicians, artist and authors remind is that ‘Morning has broken, Like the first morning. Black bird has spoken, Like the first bird.’ In honor of Indigeneous People’s Day (Oct. 11), Rosemarie Grubba and Chaplain Robert Keim will present a celebration of gratitude extracted from ‘Braiding Sweetgrass’ by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
October 3, 2021 How We Talk About Religion
When we lose the meaning of religious language, we disconnect ourselves from one another. Chaplain Robert Keim will present a sermon by Rev. Dr. Nate Walker, Church of the Larger Fellowship and Rutgers University.
September Theme – Building the World
September 26, 2021 Why We Want AND Resist Diversity
Our world is diverse, our communities are often not: WHY? This is a video presentation by Rev. Keith Kron and Rev. Patrice Curtis, who both serve congregations as staff of the UUA.
Photo: Rafael Lopez
September 19, 2021 Celebrating Day of Peace
This 20th International Day of Peace encourages using peace to transform our world into one that is more equal, more just, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier. Ellen Paul will expand on this and our UU commitments to peace.
September 12, 2021 Side With Love – From Salt Lake City to Florida
Robert Keim, Chaplain, observes that weather can create drama and then the work begins.
September 5, 2021 The Wisdom of a Stormy Night
Wind + Light + Water foster musings about life for Chaplain Robert Keim.
Photo: William Shafer
August Theme – Telling Our Stories
Multiple Truths; Multiple Realities
August 29, 2021 Allow Love to Be At the Center
“Transactional relationships are toxic,” Desmond Meade, President of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, shared with the UU audience at the 2021 UUA Ware Lecture.
Photo: Beacon Press
August 22, 2021 Give Voice to the Least, the Last, and the Lost
“As the prayerful, the powerful, and the protected, we must step up to serve.” Stacy Abrams issued this call during the 2021 UUA Ware Lecture.
Photo: Stacy Abrams, facebook
August 15, 2021 – Finding My People – Tulsa, A Case Study
When we view history, we have an opportunity to change our direction. Irene Keim will explore the Tulsa Massacre and the current UU response to the 100th anniversary.
August 8, 2021 – Lessons from Indigenous Wisdom Keepers
Chaplain Robert Keim shares seven words chosen by Indigenous Wisdom Keepers as important for Living Communities.
Art: ‘Mentorship’ by Ricardo Levins Morales
August 1, 2021 – Why I Am An Agnostic Atheist
Jonathan Widger shares his life journey towards Agnostic Atheist. Bonus: Music written by Jonathan and produced by John St. John!
Photo: Companion Trees, Jonathan Widger
July Theme – Journey
July 25, 2021 – The Joy of Living Authentically
Zr. Alex Kapitan shares the journey and the joy of living visibly and unapologetically as your true self—not the cookie-cutter self that your family, or your church, or your school, or your wider culture tried to mold you into, but the unique, most alive, most glorious being you were meant to be.
July 18, 20201 – What is Non-Duality?
Edward L. (Ed) Anderson shares his journey into ever deeper exploration of non-duality.
Artist: Edward L. Anderson
July 11, 2021 – Finding Home
Chaplain Robert Keim reflects on why we come together as a UU Congregation.
Photo: Young-Foreman wedding, 1998, Irene Keim
July 4, 2021 – Care of the Soul
Andy LePage shares “A Look at Thomas More and Humanism for Our Times.” Andy has also chosen some unusual music for this Sunday Service.
June Theme – Soul
June 27, 2021 – Until Love Wins – UUA General Assembly
Rev. Karen Hutt and Rev. Jen Crow, First Universalist Church of Minneapolis
Recognizing the importance of shared ministry and the many innovative approaches to worship created by congregations during the pandemic, UUA President, Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick Gray, selected the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis to serve as worship leaders for this year’s GA Sunday Morning Service. Music will be offered through collaboration with 2021 GA Choir Director Susan Mashiyama, the GA virtual choir, and musicians from First Universalist.
First Universalist has been on the front lines in support of the Movement for Black Lives in Minneapolis, bringing spiritual care and moral leadership in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by police and the important uprisings for justice that followed. Children and families are a vital part of their ministry, and they have been using creative approaches to engage all ages in worship during the pandemic. Their leadership exemplifies some of the best practices for the creativity, spiritual depth, and moral leadership that is possible when we embrace the work of shared ministry rooted in love and justice.
Last year more than 10,000 screens tuned in to the watch the Sunday Morning Worship at GA! Please join us again this year on Sunday, June 27, 2021 for the largest annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists in worship.
May Theme – Stories
May 30, 2021 The Choice to Be A Military Chaplain
Robert Keim will present the story of Rev. David Pyle and his choice to become a military chaplain.
May 23, 2021 The Mother Tree
Irene Keim will share the stories of the Mother Tree in the forest and her communities. This is a celebration of the UN International Day for Biodiversity. This is also the third celebration of the UU Ministry for Earth Spring for Change which includes World Water Day in March and Earth Day in April.
May 16, 2021 Mr. Tayer
Chaplain Bob Keim will tell a story about Mr. Tayer that explains what caterpillars have in common with people – or at least the person to which Mr. Tayer is speaking.
May 9, 2021 Others Mothers
Ellen Paul and Daphene Chapman will share stories of caring for humans and their best friends.
May 2, 2021 Everyday Miracles: Universalism
Robert Keim will share stories of our Universalist roots, theology, and the merger of Unitarians and Universalists.
Photo: PeacePeg.com Artist: Peg Greene, Bradenton
April Theme – Transformation
April 25, 2021 Offerings of Poetry
This Poetry Sunday will include readings from Yolanda Torres, Angela Tsoumaris, and Robert Keim. Janet Neff will be our Service Leader.
Photo: Designs on the Dances of Vaslav Nijinsky, 1913–1913
April 18, 2021 Pathways to Healing & Regeneration
Rev. Yadenee Hailu and the UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE) Virtual Choir
present the annual Earth Day service from UUMFE by video.
April 11, 2021 A Change for the Better
Ellen Paul illustrates how Transformation takes many forms and paths in our lives.
April 4, 2021 Fuzzy Theology and A Conservation Ecology
Robert Keim, Chaplain will use humor to relate our theology to an ecological ethic.
Photo: Crested Caracara, artist unknown
March Theme – Celebrate
March 28, 2021 Where Stars Touch the Horizon
Robert Keim, Chaplain will celebrate our resilience in the face of life-changing challenges.
March 21, 2021 Glass Ceilings
Karin Clarke will remind us about women who have broken that proverbial ceiling as well as several that will be new to us.
Photo: Fearless Girl- NY Stock Exchange, photo: @ajames08 Instagram
March 7, 2021 My Stroke of Insight
Robert Keim, Chaplain recounts Jill Bolton’s experience of having a stroke and her reflections afterwards. Robert also explores the difficulties of recovery in our current culture.
Painting: Paper Gent by Rene Magritte
Feb. 28, 2021 Accepting death is not an option anymore.
Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II recounts the history of ‘accepting death’ in the United States and calls for an end to participating in such history.