CHESTERTOWN - The Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River fellowship is hosting an event-filled "Reverence for Life" weekend from Oct. 19 to 21, including a Friday potluck dinner, a workshop with trained facilitators, and a Sunday service here at the fellowship facility on Gateway Drive.
The weekend's goal is to build a greater understanding of and appreciation for all living creatures, with actionable ideas and tools to enrich relationships between humans and animals, presented as a "Multispecies Awareness Encounter: Embracing Life Together." All events are free of charge, though donations to the Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry will be much appreciated.
The Rev. Dr. Lorakim Joyner, a Unitarian Universalist minister, currently serving as community minister in multispecies ministry and compassionate communication, will be one of the event facilitators. Joyner is also a wildlife veterinarian working actively in Latin American avian conservation. Susan Gore, head of the Mentor Group and a specialist and consultant in diversity and inclusion training, will be another one of the facilitators.
Events include the following:
A potluck dinner held at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at UUCR will start the weekend. Guests will also be treated to the screening of a movie, "Amazing Grace," followed by a discussion. The film is about the 19th-century slave trade and how one man with a mission was able to change it.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, facilitators will hold a workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on "Multispecies Awareness" at UUCR. The focus of the workshop will be the spiritual dimensions of animal life and the benefits that come through interacting on a regular basis with other species. Advanced registration for Saturday's workshop is required. Packets and lunch will be provided for all participants. Reservations must be made by Oct. 17. For information or to register for the workshop, e-mail uuofchesterrivergmail.com or call (410) 778-3440.
The Rev. Joyner will preach a sermon, "Reverence for Life," at 10 a.m. Sunday at UUCR.
It is the mission of the UUCR to foster liberal religious ideals through public worship, study, service, and fellowship; to provide a public forum to address religious, ethical, and moral issues; to support individual freedom of belief and caring human relationships; to become an intentionally diverse community; and to engage in promoting a just and humane social order.
For further information about the "Reverence for Life" weekend or UUCR, email uuofchesterrivergmail.com or (410) 778-3440.