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.


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.

Aug 14, Jason Nickerson-Tinna, Member, Speaks on “Quaker practices in the life of a UU”

Please join us this Sunday at 10:30am, as member Jason Nickerson-Tinna, provides a look into Quaker spirituality and how it can enrich our lives as Unitarian Universalists. It is entitled, “Quaker practices in the life of a UU.” After a brief history of the start of Quakerism and its many struggles, we will delve into their practices; their ways of worship, introspection, social testimonies, and stewardship. You may find many similarities between your practice and that of the Quakers.

Come a little early at 10:00am, to meet and greet over a cup of tea or coffee and light refreshments.

A class for children is provided during the service and we encourage families to join us. All are welcome to join us as we make no judgments regarding ones personal religious journey.

We hope to see you this Sunday.

Aug 7, Tiffany Gonzales, Member, will lead the annual poetry service.

Please join us this Sunday, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, for our annual poetry service.  Member, Tiffany Gonzales will lead the service which will be dedicated to the memory of our own Pat Jobin, who led our poetry service for many years.  Tiffany explains, “I’ll be briefly discussing the role poetry plays in our lives and invite anyone who chooses to share a poem or two that has specific meaning for them: whether it be written by someone else or one they wrote themselves. It may be something related to their spirituality (or lack of), humorous, an expression of grief or anything else. They may stand at the mic or read from their seat. They may also wish to share how they feel poetry is or isn’t relevant to their lives.”
We also invite anyone who wishes to share thoughts about Pat during this service.  The service is at 10:30am; please gather with us for a social time at 10:00am.
There will be a class for children, so please bring the family.
We hope to see you there.

July 31, Barbara Thexton, Member, topic will be “A Scholarly Discussion on a Certain Member of the Genus Trombicula.”

Please join us this Sunday as we welcome long time member Barbara Thexton, a reformed Baptist converted to Unitarianism in 1962, for Sunday’s program entitled, “A Scholarly Discussion on a Certain Member of the Genus Trombicula.”  She said it will be about fun, laughter  and a little research thrown in.

The service is at 10:30am, and refreshments and social time are served up at 10:00am, we hope you will join us for both.

Families are encouraged to come, as we do have a class for the young ones during the regular service.

We hope to see you this Sunday.

Jul 24, Rev Dr Bud Hearn, Guest Speaker, will speak on “The Bible & The How & Why Of Things: A Story Book Flavored By History”

This Sunday the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, welcome back Rev. Bud Hearn, his topic:  The Bible & The How & Why Of Things: A Story Book Flavored By History.
 
We humans are story tellers. The story takes many turns and twists. And a good story entices us to travel further.  My thesis : the Bible is a book of stories. A synthesis of a cultural stream. As life is sacred and the Bible is about life, it can be said  there is a sacredness to the stories within the Bible even though some are about the dark side of life. In Sunday’s message Rev Bud Hearn will reflect on the Bible as a story book flavored by history.
 
Please join us at 10:00am for light refreshments and a time to visit before the service which starts at 10:30am.
 
There will be a class for children during the service, so please bring the whole family. Everyone is welcome.