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.

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, “Hillbilly Elegy.”

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 “Love, Alzheimer’s, Grievance, Grieving and Guilt.”

This Sunday at 10:30am, member,  Barbara Thexton, will speak on, “Love, Alzheimer’s, Grievance, Grieving and Guilt.”  Ms.Thexton will discuss from a caregiver’s observations:  the early onset of behaviors that are mystifying to family and friends, the importance of the Alzheimer’s support group and the workshops and training offered by UAMS and Alzheimer’s 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, “Hillbilly 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.

Oct 2, Rev Dr Bud Hearn will speak on “The Matter of Being Reborn aka Get a Life”

Suppose the matter of “being reborn” is not about some preparatory transformational experience by which to obtain salvation, rather it is to accept this life as a gift and live it to the max. In Sunday’s message at 10:30 am Rev Bud Hearn shares his thoughts about “getting a life” within the bounds of this life.

The Youth RE group topic is the first Six Source of our faith, “Awesome experience of mystery, beauty and belonging that all people feel.”  Charlotte Gold will be the leader.

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

9:00am, Religious Explorers discuss articles from UU World magazine.

Sep 25, Denise Marion, Member “Annual Water Communion”

This Sunday is our annual Water Communion and member Denise Marion, will lead a celebration of our shared faith and a fall ingathering service for our church community. Bring with you a small container of water that holds special meaning for you. The water can be taken from a lake, stream, ocean, spring- local or distant- collected from the sky, squeezed from a cucumber … or even from your tap. Our communion will combine these waters in a common bowl.

Unitarian Universalism draws wisdom from many different sources, one of which is direct experience of transcending mystery and wonder, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit. Water is used in this ceremony, and by many religions, to represent such profound and intimate change. In our ceremony we will be combining the memories, meanings and metaphors in the shared water to represent the many sources of our shared wisdom.  This Sunday we will also have a special musical surprise featuring our UU Youth, who will be a part of the service.

At 9:00am the Wisdom Seekers invite you to join us for a new book discussion; “Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis,” by J.D. Vance, followed by social time at 10:00am and the Water Communion at 10:30am.  Please come and celebrate your memories with us.

Sep 18, Jesse Davis, Member, Topic will be “Trust or Mistrust – You Decide”

This Sunday member Jesse Davis, will be our speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, 100 Norwalk St.  Jesse said, “The title of my talk will be “Trust or Mistrust – You Decide.”  It will focus on the need of every citizen to think scientifically and decide for his or her selves what is true.  After reviewing excerpts from a recent commencement address, the congregation will brainstorm ways to determine if someone may be pulling the wool over their eyes.”  Jesse plans this to be an interactive service with a Q and A following his talk.

Rebecca Ricks will be at the piano.

Geary Hufstedler, will lead the Religious Exploration class at 9:00am.  He will have an article of interest from the UU World magazine.  These discussions are unique, as the topic is “leader’s choice,” and the follow-on sharing of opinions and ideas can be quite interesting.

Following the class, we meet at 10:00am for refreshments and socializing.

The service is at 10:30am, and we do have a class for the children, so that families can all benefit from the experience of church at UUCHS!  We sure hope to see you this Sunday for any or all of the activities we have planned.

Sep 11, Bob VanHook, Guest Speaker, His talk will be on “The Apocalypse and Science Fiction have a lot in common in dealing with our world views. Exploring their roots can help us see society better.”

Please come and help us welcome back Bob Van Hook. He will speak on, “The Apocalypse and Science Fiction have a lot in common in dealing with our world views. Exploring their roots can help us see society better.”
At 9:00am the Wisdom Seekers will meet to select the next book for discussion.
We hope you will join us and stay for refreshments at 10:00am and the service at 10:30am.
We have a class for the children during the service.  We love to welcome families too!

Sept 4, Mona Siddiqi, Guest Speaker, Topic is “Stories of Trance, Self and Sufism”

It is our pleasure to welcome our long time friend Mona Siddiqi, as our speaker this Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Church here in Hot Springs. Mona’s topic is “Stories of Trance, Self and Sufism.” She says, “It is about the international Sufism I grew up in. Lessons learned from Old Sufi, who used to come to our house once a month from when I was three onwards.” It is sure to be an interesting talk about a religion that many of us know little and want to know more.

As this is the first Sunday in September, we will resume our 9:00am programs, with Religious Exploration. Please come and bring your suggestions for a book, DVD or discussion topic that you are interested in pursuing with our group. Then stay for refreshments and socializing at 10:00am, followed by the service at 10:30am.

All are welcome and we do provide a class and activities for the children during the service. So come and bring the family we would love to have you all.

Aug 28, Dr David Welch, Guest Speaker, topic is “What is the role of wealth in our spiritual life?”

We are pleased to welcome back Dr. David Welch, who will speak on, “What is the role of wealth in our spiritual life?” A central issue for religious people is the role money plays in their lives. There are numerous warnings about the corrupting influence of wealth and in modern times the active promotion of “greed” as a worthwhile goal in life. This in the face of the Biblical blessing of the poor. Dr. David Welch will ask the question — and it’s a puzzler.

Dr Welch received his doctorate from the University of Florida and is professor emeritus of the University of Northern Colorado. He moved to Hot Springs Village in 2010 from St Paul Minnesota where he retired as the Dean of the Graduate School of Professional Psychology.

We hope you will join us at 10:00am for refreshments and socializing before the service, which is at 10:30am.

We will provide a class during the service for the youth, so that the whole family can benefit from the experience.

To learn more about our liberal faith please visit our website at uuchurchhotsprings.org.

Aug 21. Arsala Kahn, Guest Speaker, she will speak on division. “What powers of division break down the human experience?”

Sunday, August 21, we welcome Arsala Kahn, as guest speaker at the U U Church of Hot Springs, at 10:30 a.m.

Arsala is a native of Pakistan. Her life changed when she was sixteen years old. She read Alex Haley’s Roots and the Autobiography of Malcolm X as dictated to Alex Haley. Since then, she was attracted to history and political implications and trajectories, especially in relation to race. Arsala was unanimously voted as an adviser for the Black Student Association and the NAACP chapter at her university, both positions which she still serves. With her background in history and political science, Arsala would like to continue her education and address the issues of patriarchy, imperialism and western standards as they apply to humanity. She has a bachelors’ degree in history and a masters’ degree in social science from Henderson State University. Her thesis covered Malcolm X’s influence on Black America.

This Sunday, Arsala will speak on division. What powers of division break down the human experience? What kinds of division are you carrying around with you?
Please come early for refreshments and social time.

Children are invited to attend the first part of our service and then enjoy Children’s R. E. with this week’s volunteer teacher.