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August 30, 2020

Resiliency, Love and Community

Rev. Mike Ballman (tentative) Mike Ballman is the Pastor of both Cornerstone Community Church and Plymouth Bethesda Church and the founder and director of the Oneida Square Project – all located on Plant Street in Oneida Square in Utica.

August 23, 2020

Principled Faith

Rev. Erin Dajka Holley

Unitarian Universalism has no creed, no set of beliefs that we share. We are connected by our Principles and Purposes. This Sunday, let’s get a 30,000 ft view of these seven statements. In the coming year, we’ll consider each in depth, as well as the proposed eighth principle.

August 16, 2020

Know Your Place

Rev. Leslie Mills

When it comes to racial justice, what does it mean to “know your place”? Some see it as a phrase with an oppressive and violent racially-charged history. Others seek to know their place so they might be better engaged and connected in the work of collective liberation. Together we will explore what it might mean to Unitarian Universalists today. Rev. Leslie Mills is delighted to be visiting Utica — from her home in St. Paul, Minnesota! She is the minister of the UU Fellowship of La Crosse, Wisconsin (also from her home in St. Paul), following a ministry at the UU Church of Elgin, Illinois. She lives in an artist collective, practices the Japanese martial art of Ki-Aikido, and hopes that her calico cat will be able to welcome the new Roomba into their home without too much consternation.

August 9, 2020

Home with Hosea

Rev. Erin Dajka Holley 

Hosea Ballou (1771-1852) was a Universalist minister and theologian who was highly influential in the development of American Universalism. What might we learn from him that can inform our faith and lives today? 

August 2, 2020

The Writing On Your Wall

Rev. Dr. Randolph W.B. Becker

In these strange days of COVID-19 we have been invited into many homes for online interview of people.  Invariably the settings are either in their kitchens or in front of their bookcases. When in front of bookcases I find myself drifting away from what they are saying, more fascinated by what titles they are claiming as part of their being. How about for you?  What do you claim to have read? Remembered? Been changed by?

Rev. Dr. Randy Becker is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and retired minister. He grew up in this church and served UU congregations in Williamsburg, VA; Park Forest, IL; and Key West, FL. 

July 26, 2020

Spiritual, not Political

Rev. Erin Dajka Holley

Join us to explore the ways in which political and activist action are based in Unitarian Universalist theology and spirituality.

10:30AM, Sunday, June 21, 2020 “Lighting Your Internal Fire” UUUtica Worship Committee
Join together on this summer solstice, the longest day of the year, to think about what lights a fire in you. What makes you burn and yearn for change? What lights up your passions and your creativity? As plants gather and store the sun’s energy, we too can find ways to collect these sparks and keep ourselves going.

July 19, 2020

Just This Moment

Rev. Erin Dajka Holley

In this digital age, as we photograph, record, and post so many of our experiences to the internet, it is getting more difficult for pieces of our lives and our souls to exist only in their singular moment. Where and how do meaning and spirituality exist as photographs of our meals will survive forever in some corner of the internet?

July 12, 2020

Alphabet Soup: What does it mean to be LGBTQIAP+ and a UU?

UU Utica Inclusion Team

Join UU Utica’s Inclusion Team to travel through UU history in recognition of past and present efforts by LGBTQ+ members to bring diverse perspectives and voices to the forefront of church conversations.

July 5, 2020

Sky Williams-Tao

Sky Williams-Tao is a student at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. They have just completed a year as Ministerial Intern with the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse. Sky has also worked for the UU Congregation of Phoenix and for Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray’s campaign for Presidency of the UUA.

February 23, 2020

Never Broken, Always Changed

February 16, 2020

Stone Soup – Worship Committee

When it feels as though we’re living in a time of scarcity, how can we
act from a place of abundance? This service will relate a familiar story,
introducing two strangers who coax an entire village into realizing
the power of sharing and giving.

February 9, 2020


Rev. Erin Dajka Holley

Let’s celebrate the experience of bouncing – of the fall that does not land hard, but that launches.

February 2, 2020

From Refugee to Community Activist

Hanka Grabovica
Hanka Grabovica was born in Bosnia, but came to Utica in Dec. 2001 when she was 16 with her parents for a better life and educational opportunities, and in August 2007 became a US citizen. She was 23 years old when she was standing on her own two feet with a college degree, teaching job, house, car, and partner. However, she knew no one in Utica, no family connection, only a few friends. This hasn’t stopped or slowed her down from being extremely active in the community including being on the Boards at WCNY and the United Way and running for Utica School Board and Utica City council at Large. She will talk about her journey and her resilience along the way.
Hanka is married with two children and works at Utica Academy of Science Public Charter School as a Student Affairs Officer. Previously, Hanka worked as an English as a second language (ELL) teacher in the Utica School District. Hanka has a BS from Utica College in Childhood Education and MS in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University, AZ. She is bilingual, has a black belt in Karate, and loves to travel the world, including once traveling to Japan to represent the USA National Karate team.

January 26, 2020

You Are Special

UU Utica invites the other Unitarian Universalist congregations of the Mohawk Valley to worship with us for this special Cluster Service. Nineteenth Century Unitarians shifted the focus on Jesus as God to that of Jesus as human, uplifted as the greatest exemplar of right living. Today, we shall uplift an exemplar of the Twentieth Century, Mr. Fred Rogers.

January 19, 2020

Building Bridges by Creating Inclusive Spaces

Troy Little

As you move from group to group in your day, have you ever asked how the minorities in those groups feel? Today’s service will discuss some of these possibilities and ways that you can make your spaces more inclusive to everybody.

Troy Little assumed the position of Director of Law Enforcement Programs at MVCC after a 22 year career with the New York State Police. he has a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Albany and is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in sociology with areas of specialization in race & ethnicity and political sociology. At MVCC, he administers the pre-employment police training program, teaches criminal justice and sociology, and is a member of the Diversity Council.

January 12, 2020

Finding Me And Coming Home to Us

Rev. Erin Dajka Holley

If we seek to live lives of integrity, we must also be true to our selves. In what ways have we allowed our sense of who we are to be chipped away, preventing us from being whole? Maybe, our community provides the opportunity to find out and live into who we are.

January 5, 2020

New Beginnings

Worship Committee

On the first Sunday of the new year, we will reflect on the transition from old to new. The Worship Committee will lead us in a Fire Communion ceremony, in which we will write, on scraps of paper, phrases that represent the year behind us.

December 8, 2019

Birthing Reproductive Justice

Samantha Petschauer

Samantha Petschauer serves as the Health Center Director in Utica, Rome, and Oneida for Planned Parenthood Mohawk Hudson. She will be joined by Kaylee May, PP Mohawk Hudson’s Public Affairs Community Organizer.

December 1, 2019

Simply In Awe

Rev. Erin Dajka Holley

At the end of a Thanksgiving Weekend, let us extend our gratitude into the spirit of awe. How can a spirit of wonder and amazement deepen us beyond the standard expressions of thanks?

Practice Paying Attention

For many of us, spirituality is bewildering and mysterious. The traditional spiritual practices feel strange and isolating. By paying attention, we might just touch on the elusive experience of being spiritual. The UUUtica Choir will be performing.

Let’s Talk About Death

UUUtica member Glenn Coin will discuss the growing death cafe movement and how it inspires us to lead better lives.