UU Service

By Jon Sievert

At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service, the Rev. Dr. David Usher asks why we attend church each week.

UU Service
Faith or Belief?
By Rev. Dr. David Usher
Sun, Feb 11, 10:30am
Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15
Free
uufsma.org

What is the purpose of religion? In particular, what is the purpose of attending church week after week? The answer to that question depends largely on your theology. Some churches keep strict attendance records, in the belief their God is doing likewise. To these churches, the very act of being there is sufficient to earn a merit. For others, the point of worship is the repeated inculcation of the church’s established beliefs into the minds of the worshippers. It is, in effect, learning by rote. Neither answer is likely to satisfy Unitarian Universalists. Why, then, do we gather regularly?

Rev. Dr. David Usher has had a truly international career as a Unitarian Universalist. A lifelong Unitarian, he hails from Adelaide, Australia. After four years as a jackaroo on sheep and cattle stations in the outback, he spent two years traveling solo around New Zealand, the Pacific islands, North America, and Great Britain. During this time of travel, he decided he wanted to be a minister, eventually studying for the ministry at Manchester College, Oxford, where he gained a master’s degree in philosophy and theology.

He retired in June 2017 after a 36–year career that featured two ministries in England, one in New Hampshire—where he served for nine years and earned his doctorate from the Andover Newton Theological School—then fourteen more years in England and finally another three years in California. He is the founding president of the International Council of Unitarians and Universalists and served on the national executive committee during his second stay in England. He is the author of two books, Twelve Steps to Spiritual Health and Life Spirit.

Rev. Usher has three adult daughters from his first marriage, and in August 2016 married the Rev. Vail Weller, who now works for the Unitarian Universalist Association. They currently live in San Mateo, California.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at uufsma.org.

 

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