June 2, The Sacredness of Water, Denise Marion, lay leader, Laura Lee Williard, musician

“The Sacredness of Water” will be the topic of the program at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs this Sunday.

The majority of people on planet Earth hold religious and spiritual beliefs that convey duties and obligations toward the natural world. Speaker Denise Marion will explore what several of the world’s faiths have to say about humanity’s relationship with water.

Denise Marion is a UUCHS member. She is a life-long environmentalist with an academic and professional background in water resources. Most recently she chaired the E-Day Festival for the Beautification Commission. Denise also is a Co-manager for the Spa City Co-op, tutors at the Literacy Council and occasionally facilitates community drum circles.

Guest musician will be guitarist and singer-songwriter Laura Lee Williard. Laura Lee’s professional style is influenced by Joan Baez, so her folk songs and original compositions are friendly, forthright and full of good humor. Laura Lee has been accepted by the Arkansas Arts Council as an Artist-in-Education, where she offers workshops and residencies in Arkansas schools. Most recently Laura Lee entertained listeners in the Acoustic tent at the E-Day Festival.

Memorial Day Service, Sunday May 26

Memorial Day is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all for our nation and the principles for which it stands. This Sunday, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs invites you to join us for this time of reflection and gratitude.

Our speaker will be Colonel John R. Nino, who retired from the Army after 30 years of service. In his final military assignment, he coordinated with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide military support to civil authorities in response to natural disasters and other declared emergencies in the southeastern region of the United States. Upon retirement, he joined the staff of the Governor of Georgia as Executive Secretary to the Governor’s Military Affairs Coordinating Committee working to prepare Georgia’s 13 installations, representing all the military services, for the 2005 round of Base Realignment and Closure.

John graduated from Seton Hall University with a Bachelor of Arts in History, and later obtained a Masters Degree in Business Administration from The College of William and Mary.

May 19, 2013 Bud Hearn, guest speaker

Sermon by Rev. Bud Hearn. Guitar music by Kenny Peck. Topic: Un-trivializing the word “Religion”.

How should we understand the word “religion” today? Responses range from: following a set of creeds/dogmas, to it is a personal matter, to indifference. It is Rev. Hearn’s presupposition that religion is not any of the above. In his message he offers that religion is a process that connects one to a sense of ultimate worth, then lived out in the “ordinariness” of life.

Kenny Peck is a popular singer songwriter from Cincinnati, Ohio (and Denise Marion’s brother). He has just released his fourth album, “Country Jack,” with the Smoky Jack Band. His website is http://smokyjackband.com/; go to www.reverbnation.com/smokyjackband to listen to the music.

May 12, Mothers’ Day, Claire Beam, lay leader

Happy Mothers' Day

Happy Mothers’ Day

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Hot Springs, 100 Norwalk, invites you to a special Mother’s Day celebration. Claire Beam will share her thoughts on mother wisdom and humor and members will tell favorite stories.

The Wisdom Seekers book group meet at 9:00am to continue the discussion of The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman, followed by refreshments at 10:00am and the service at 10:30am.

After church, we will clean up Spring Street. Our UU Church has adopted the street from Business Hwy. 270 to our church.