Services

What to Expect

Each service contains instrumental and vocal music, a 15- to 20-minute message, an opportunity to express joys and sorrows, an offering, a story relating to the message, and a period of meditation or prayer. The Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. and lasts 60 minutes, followed by a period where people may respond to the message of the day.  

 

Each service begins with the lighting of our flaming chalice, a distinctive symbol of UU.

The design originated during WWII as a symbol on documents given to refugees who fled without their identification papers.

 

The Sunday service is preceded by a Forum, which begins at 9:30 a.m. The Forum provides a setting for discussions of a wide variety of topical subjects, often presented by outside experts, followed by questions and conversation.

NOTE: While in-building Sunday services are suspended, participation via Zoom is provided (links available on the Home page).  

 
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Upcoming Services

 
 

Service Inspirations

Our worship services focus on a wide variety of religious, philosophical, personal, and social issues. Although each service is different, we gather weekly to consider, individually and collectively, that which we hold of highest worth. For some, it’s the community; for others, it’s the natural world; and for still for others, it’s a sense of some sort of something  beyond our imagination.

 

Our inspiration comes from a variety of sources: the wisdom of world religions, teachings from humanist and earth-centered traditions, words and deeds of prophetic people, and the direct experience of individuals.  


Our principal service is on Sundays at 10:30 a.m., normally at the Tri-County Unitarian Universalists  center. During the pandemic, our services are via Zoom. Please see the Home page for details and links.

Where we’re located and how to get there. 

Music & Choir

Tri-UU Choir Videos

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Music for our Sunday services is provided by the Tri-UU choir. Led by Music Director Donna Kagan, a professional music educator with extensive experience in the US and the UK, we’ve even added a marimba group to our musical activities.

 

We sing traditional hymns, gospel, folk tunes and more, in up to four part harmony. 

The Choir normally rehearses on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3 pm, but as the Sunday services have gone 'virtual' during the pandemic, so have our rehearsals. We've even begun producing 'virtual choir' videos!


Everyone who enjoys singing is encouraged to join. Contact Donna at 503-504-4343 or Dbkagan@aol.com .  As she likes to remind the timid: “The woods would be silent if no bird sang except the very best!”

 

Here is our growing collections of Tri-UU hymn videos: 

They are all performed by Donna and Tri-UU Choir members, with music arrangements and editing by Frank Kelly.   Enjoy!

 

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And to hear many more

Tri-UU hymn favorites, all with lyrics . . .

click here!

 
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Past Services

Text of select recent sermons can be found here. Just click the desired link.

"Thanksgiving and Mourning", Nov. 28, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Transgender Day of Rembrance", Nov. 14, Rev. Snavely

"To the Edge", November 7, 2021, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Remembering the Dead", October 31, 2021, Rev. Snavely

"The Tricks of Memory", October 17, 2021, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Remembering Whose Land We Occupy", Oct. 10, 2021, Rev. Snavely

"To Experience Awe"September 12, 2021, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Bread and Roses", September 5, 2021, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Knowing the Blessing of One Another", August 22, 2021, Rev. Cynthia Snavely

"Beloved Community in Our Hands", August 8, 2021, Rev. Cynthia Snavely (first Tri-UU sermon)

"Leave-Taking", August 1, 2021, Rev. Janet Onnie (final service as Tri-UU's minister)

Videos of select past sermons are on our Facebook pageClick here.