Welcome!

Love is the doctrine of this church,
the Quest For Truth is its sacrament, and Service is its prayer.

As a Welcoming Congregation, we welcome you, whomever you are, irrespective of race, creed, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or physical or mental ability.

You will find our lay-led services to be spiritually and intellectually stimulating. As a welcoming community of religious liberalism, we unite to celebrate diversity and to find our connected-ness. We strive to foster intellectual inquiry, spiritual growth and ethical living.

For more information about Unitarian Universalism, please visit: www.uua.org, http://www.uuasouthernregion.org/, or www.clfuu.org.


Dec 11, Melisa Glenn, Guest speaker, topic is “What Human Trafficking is and how to respond to it”

“The reality is that Slavery has not ended. Human Trafficking occurs in almost every country and has been reported in every state in the United States, including Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Melisa Glenn serves with Project Hope as Chair of the Human Trafficking Task Force of Garland County and the Hot Springs Representative for Partners Against Trafficking Humans, PATH, which is based in Little Rock. Melisa will be sharing what Human Trafficking is and how to respond to it.”

Melisa is a resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education. After learning about the atrocities of Human Trafficking and realizing the lack of education on what human trafficking is and the impact it has on the community, she began attending conferences and training to become an educator. Her focus is to provide awareness and knowledge for others like herself so that they can become a voice for the voiceless. The mission at the Human Trafficking Task Force of Garland County is “Educating and equipping individuals and communities to strengthen local efforts.”

The service begins at 10:30am.

 
The Wisdom Seekers discussion group meet at 9:00am and will choose the next book to read. Please come and bring your suggestions.

 
There is a social time to gather and share a refreshment at 10:00am.

 
The Youth Religious Exploration class will begin a study of the Seven Principles of our Unitarian Universalist faith. It meets during the 10:30am service.

Please join us this Sunday. All are welcome!

Dec 4, Joe Sturgill, Member, will present a “Christmas Kick-off”

At 10:30 am on Dec 4th, Joe Sturgill will present a “Christmas Kick-off,” to include thoughts and Christmas carols to begin the Christmas season.
The Adult Religious Exploration group meet at 9:00am, and will discuss “The Basics of Unitarian Universalism.”

The Youth Religious Exploration meet during the regular service and will begin a study of the Seven Principles of the Unitarian Universalist faith.

We will have coffee/tea and light snacks at 10:00 am.
We hope to see you there. ūüôā

Nov 27, Rev Dr Bud Hearn, topic is “The Paradox of Liberal Religion”

10:30am Speaker Rev Bud¬†Hearn-The name of the presentation is,¬†“The Paradox of Liberal Religion.”¬†When a religion describes itself as liberal typically means that it is tolerant, inclusive, progressive, supports intellectual honesty, opposes dogmatic rigidity, favors a humanistic approach to ethics. By definition then liberal religion includes being tolerant. A paradox ? Historically liberal¬†religionists¬†have resisted any reform requiring them to give up their privileged way of life.¬† A paradox ? A liberal religious community tends to want people just “like us”. A paradox ? In Sunday’s service Rev Bud¬†Hearn¬†explores the dynamic of liberal religion.

The Youth RE topic is the sixth of the Six Sources of our faith,¬†“Teachings of people who celebrate nature and remind us to live in harmony with the natural seasons of life.”

9:00am¬†Wisdom Seekers discuss the book by J.D. Vance, ‚ÄúHillbilly Elegy,‚ÄĚ ¬†followed by a social time at 10:00an.

Nov 20, Joe Sturgill, Member, topic will be “On Being Thankful”

Nov 20, Speaker Joe Sturgill will be talking On Being Thankful.  Service will start at 10:30 am at the Hot Springs Church at 100 Norwalk which is at the intersection of Norwalk and Spring Streets.

Religious Exploration will meet at 9:00 am. ¬†We will begin a TED Talk viewing and discussion, with “A scientific defense of spiritual & religious faith.”

Join us at 10:00 am for coffee/tea and light snacks.

This Sunday the U U Church of Hot Springs has been invited to¬†join the Village Church for our annual Joint Thanksgiving Celebration. I hope many from our church will attend. Bring whatever you’d like to the potluck.

This is the schedule for the service at Hot Springs Village UU Church:

Here’s the schedule for Sunday:
9:00 am¬†in the sanctuary –¬†“Who’s your neighbor and what does love require of us?”¬†– A video sermon by¬†Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar, Senior Minister, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa.

SERMON DESCRIPTION:
¬†¬†¬†¬† When my plane touched down in the United States on Wednesday night, it was a different country from the one I left. I was in Frankfurt, Germany for the European Unitarian Universalist conference as the keynote speaker. After a presidential election like we have had, relationships are often frayed and strained and sometimes broken. How we respond when it’s over makes a huge impact.¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬† One of the strengths of our democracy has been our ability to maintain our divergent positions while also coming back together as one nation after a hard fought campaign. After this election season, trust in our system of government has been broken for many reasons for many people. In Germany, they have been dividing over the issue of taking in over one million Syrian refugees. My talk was titled,¬†Who’s Your Neighbor and What Does Love Require of Us?¬†It was a tremendous experience and led to fascinating conversations. This same topic can be applied to our current situation in the United States.
 
 
¬†10:00 am¬†–¬†Rev. Dave Ruffin¬†will deliver a sermon entitled¬†Thankful Finding.¬†¬†Spiritual teachings remind us that whatever life presents, there is always something to be grateful for. But if we are truly honest with ourselves,¬†sometimes that something can be very elusive.¬†
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†How do we¬†rediscover that fountain within¬†from which giving thanks flows naturally and even abundantly, when we ourselves¬†feel lost?¬†Amidst¬†these darkly divisive times in our nation, let’s prepare for the national holiday of Thanksgiving with the truthful¬†foundation of the¬†sometimes deeply challenging work of thanks finding.
     The UU Village Church is located at 403 Barcelona Rd, corner of Barcelona and Calella.  Services begin at 10 am, preceded by coffee, cookies and conversation at 9:30.  Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey, we bid you welcome.  
 
After the service:  Thanksgiving Dinner.

Nov 6, John Nino, Member, will be our speaker

Come for our service at 10:30 am for our annual Veterans Day Service.  John Nino will be our speaker.

There will be no 9:00 am Religious Exploration today.  Instead, we are meeting at 9:00 am to do the Spring street clean up.  Come early and wear comfortable clothes and shoes as we clean up Spring Street.

Hope to see you there Sunday.

 

Oct 30, Congregation Meeting

All are invited to join in on some important decision making.
Meeting will start at 10:30, at the church.
Pot luck to follow. If you know what you are bringing to our lunch, let Carol know. She will send out a list later this week.
Halloween costumes optional

Oct 23 Bob Van Hook, Guest Speaker, The topic is “A Ball of Twine.”

Oct 23, 10:30am Speaker Bob Van Hook-The name of the presentation is “A Ball of Twine.” “It is an examination of the complex and interrelated nature of seemingly simple issues.”

The Youth RE topic is the fourth of the Six Sources of our faith,¬†“Jewish and Christian teachings that encourage us to treat others the way we would like to be treated.”

9:00am¬†Wisdom Seekers discuss the book by J.D. Vance, ‚ÄúHillbilly Elegy.‚ÄĚ

Join us at 10:00 am for coffee, tea and light snacks.

We hope to see you all this Sunday!

Sun Oct 16, David Welch, Guest Speaker, topic is “Put Me in Coach”

This Sunday at 10:00am ( half an hour earlier than usual)

Dave Welch, will speak on,”Put Me in Coach.”¬†¬†A look at involving oneself in exploring meaningful life choices. ” I had rather take a chance on life rather than having my life taken by chance.” ¬† As simplistic, and perhaps maudlin, as this sentiment seems, it lies at the heart of psychologically healthy living.

We will begin the service at 10:00am, in order to allow time for everyone to be able to support our LGBT community in the Pride Parade in Little Rock at 1pm. Please come and march with our local Hot Springs chapter!

The Youth RE group are studying the Six Sources of our faith, and this Sunday will be exploring the third source;¬†“Ideas from lots of different religions that help us figure out what is good and true and fair.” ¬†Tiffany Gonzales,¬†will be the youth leader.

At 9:00am, Religious Explorers will discuss an article from the UU World magazine.  We hope you can join us this Sunday.  For more information please visit our website at uuchurchhotsprings.org.

Oct 9, Barbara Thexton, Member, Topic will be ‚ÄúLove, Alzheimer‚Äôs, Grievance, Grieving and Guilt.‚ÄĚ

This Sunday at 10:30am, member, ¬†Barbara¬†Thexton, will speak on, ‚ÄúLove, Alzheimer‚Äôs, Grievance, Grieving and Guilt.‚ÄĚ ¬†Ms.Thexton¬†will discuss from a caregiver‚Äôs observations:¬† the early onset of behaviors that are mystifying to family and friends, the importance of the Alzheimer‚Äôs support group and the workshops and training offered by¬†UAMS¬†and Alzheimer‚Äôs Association and other resources that are available.

The Youth RE group are studying the Six Sources of our faith, and this Sunday will be exploring;¬†“Words and actions of wise and brave people that make us want to change things that are unjust or cruel, and to offer kindness and love instead.” ¬†Carol¬†Stanfill¬†will be the youth leader.

At 9:00am, Wisdom Seekers discuss the book by J.D. Vance, ‚ÄúHillbilly Elegy,” followed by social time at 10:00am.

We hope you can join us this Sunday.  For more information please visit our website at uuchurchhotsprings.org.