Welcome to the Wiesbaden Unitarian Universalists!
Open minds, loving hearts, helping hands.
Are you looking for a liberal religious community in Wiesbaden, Germany? We are looking for people who are interested in coming together for discussion, services, and other events related to Unitarian Universalism. Our group meets every 1st & 3rd Sundays at 14:00 in the Hainerberg Chapel in Wiesbaden. There is a fellowship relatively nearby, in Kaiserslautern, which also schedules services, usually on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, except for the summer.
News & Announcements
Creating our Community Garden
With the celebration of our traditional Flower Communion, we will reflect together on what it means to sow and nurture a healthy, diverse spiritual community, and to reap its blessings. This will be an intergenerational Sunday, so the children will stay and participate in the regular service.
Rev. Lara Fuchs earned her Masters of Divinity (Mdiv) degree from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, and was ordained as a UU Minister in Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in 2017. A founding member of UU Basel, Lara is an independent minister serving spiritual communities and individuals around Europe.
Led by Emily Searle-White | Guest minister the Rev. Lara Fuchs
Joint Service with the Unitarische Freie Religionsgemeinde
We are pleased to announce that we will be having a joint, bilingual service with the Unitarische Freie Religionsgemeinde in Frankfurt. The service begins at 11 am. Anyone wanting to practice the vocal pieces is asked to come at 9 am.
We are planning to eat lunch together after the service beginning at 1 pm. For sign-up information for the lunch (by 14 May) and directions please see our normal service announcement e-mail or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Led by the WUU and UFR | Sermon by Daniel Leising
Soulful Circle (Small Group Ministry)
Retreat speaker the Rev. Barbara Prose leads us in contemplating the "Belonging". There are readings and questions, and the process itself creates a sacred space. The deep listening is a powerful experience for all.
Hosted by Bonnie Friedmann & Darrel Moellendorf in Bad Homburg | Guest leader Rev. Barbara Prose, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
EUU Spring Retreat in Dijon, France
4/13 - 4/15/2018
Join together with Unitarian Universalists from all over Europe at the European Unitarian Universalist Spring Retreat.
Led by the UU Fellowship of Paris | Guest speaker Rev. Barbara Prose, All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Led by Emily Searle-White | Guest speaker Josh Searle-White
An Examined Illness
Darrel reads the final entry of his blog of his experience of being successfully treated for a life threatening disease in which he discusses what the experience has taught him.
Led by Terri J Michos | Sermon by Darrel Moellendorf
Torda 450 - History in Our Own Backyard
Join us as we look back 450 years ago to some of our Unitarian beginnings. On January 13, 1568, in Transylvania, Hungary, two members of King John Sigismund's court issued a Statement of Religious Tolerance that became one of the main influences for Unitarians. Their Edict points to "the grounding commitment that faith is not endowed with purpose or accountable to a government or an empire, but to the Sacred, the Holy; that a free pulpit and a free pew are necessities for free religious communities."
Led by Jeff Engle
Winter Solstice Celebration
Come celebrate the shortest day/ longest night of the year in Heidelberg. We will walk in the forest, decorate the night tree and celebrate in song, after which there will be a candlelight procession to the warmth and good cheer of the indoors. Enjoy solstice soups and holiday treats, wassail and seasonal drinks, a yule log and new year's wishes accompanied by music and good cheer.
Led by Carolyn & Ray Burlingame-Goff
This sermon is the fourth in a series reflecting on the book: Our Chosen Faith: An Introductions to Unitarian Universalism by the Reverends John Buerhrens and Forrester Church.
One of the sources from which our traditions draws is "Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves." Expecting something? Feel free to expect the unexpected.
Led by Terri J Michos
Gaining Some Perspective
Things look different - sometimes worse, sometimes better - from closer or further away, or even upside-down. What can we learn from this? This Sunday, hear a mathematician-in-training’s perspective on perspective! Come and join us.
Led by Emily Searle-White
The First Principle
This week’s sermon contemplates the first principle. Is there a conflict between theory and reality, is it a naive ideal or a helpful view of on human beings?
Led by Caitlin McGinn
This sermon is the fourth in a series reflecting on the book: Our Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by the Reverends John Buehrens and Forrester Church.
One of the sources from which our tradition draws is “Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.” Expecting something? Feel free to expect the unexpected ;-)
Led by Terri J Michos
Legacy - A Last Will and Testament
Join us for our next service on Sunday, July 16, with reflections on legacies and a WUU visioning workshop.
Based on a letter by African-American educator, Dr. Mary McLeod-Bethune (1875-1955) titled “A Last Will and Testament,” which she wrote at the age of 78, we will explore some legacies that we each may have, and what we may envision together as a group that is the Wiesbaden Unitarian Universalists.
Led by Jeff Ingle
What We Share
Homily by Carolyn Burlingame-Goff
No matter where and how we live, all of us are born and all of us die. On the journey in between we encounter love, faith, rationality, fear and loss. Can these common experiences bind us closer together?
Inspired by an exhibition at the Moesgaard Museum near Aarhus, Denmark, I will be discussing what we have in common at a time when many people seem more concerned with what makes us different.
Love, Devotion and Surrender
This is sermon Part 3 in a series by Terri J. Michos reflecting on the book Our Chosen Faith: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism by the Reverends John Buehrens and Forrest Church.
One of the sources from which our tradition draws is “Wisdom from the world’s religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life.” We will attempt to finish sentence: “The most important thing is…” We will explore what it means to be a devout Unitarian Universalist, and attempt to find truth in surrender. And have fun doing it. It’s the lovely month of May, after all.
Coming Back to Life
Join us for our next service on Sunday, April 16th, with guest speaker Eric Cherry:
For the spiritually hungry and religiously open-hearted, fear and courage are not opposites. They are pathways we choose in response to the universal invitation to take ‘one more step’ into an unknown future that matters. In this season framed by holy times and sacred scriptures, let’s explore the courageous option of always ‘Coming Back to Life’ and why religious community matters when we do.
White Privilege: Giving Up Power – Giving Out Power?
Building on research started by Peggy McIntosh in the late 1980s, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, the service on Sunday, March 19, 2017, will follow a journey of discovering my own white privilege and how to respond. Racism is much more than individual acts of prejudice or discrimination. Racism is a system that covers economic, political, social and cultural structures, actions and beliefs that continue unequal distribution of privileges, resources and power between white people and people of color. When white people are given feedback about racism and respond from a mainstream framework, they may feel insulted, shamed or guilty, leading to actions like avoiding, arguing or denying. Instead, going through a process of discovery and understanding may allow for compassion, curiosity and motivation.
May 6th, 2018 - 14.00
"Continuing discussion of the 7 UU principles: 5th principle"
Please RSVP to WiesbadenUU@gmail.com by Friday night.
Schröers Café & Bistro, Mainzer Str.79 65189 Wiesbaden
May 20th, 2018 - 11:00
Joint Sunday Service with UFR
"Gaining Some Perspective"
Gemeindezentrum, Fischerfeldstr. 16, 60311 Frankfurt am Main
t.b.d. 2018 - 14.00
Café Schröers, Wiesbaden
More info coming soon!
June 17th, 2018 - 14.00
Hainerberg Chapel, Wiesbaden
"Creating our Community Garden"