Thematic Worship and Education

We use a Thematic program for worship and education here at Hopedale Unitarian Parish.  Each month we reflect on a different spiritual theme.  We do this in many ways:

-Worship Services and sermons are designed around the theme of the month, so we approach the theme from various angles and through various related issues and topics.

-We publish reflection questions each month in the weekly newsletter in the week before the first Sunday of the upcoming month. These reflection questions are used by our Chalice Circles and Small Groups for reflection.

-We publish a list of wide and varying resources on the theme including recommendations for books for adults, youth and children, movies, videos, links to online resources, activities and events related to theme.

-We post to social media each day of the month, offering a quote, a resource, prayer, or thought related to the monthly theme.

We work with a 3-year cycle of related themes so that we are continually doing deeper with important spiritual ideas.

Our current 3-year theme cycle is:

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 1 Year 2
Month \/ 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
September Covenant Community Belonging Covenant Community
October Faith Death Reverence Faith Death
November Gratitude Thanksgiving Blessing Gratitude Thanksgiving
December Hope Peace Joy Hope Peace
January Justice Courage Liberation Justice Courage
February Love Prayer Sabbath Love Prayer
March Reconciliation Forgiveness Healing Reconciliation Forgiveness
April Transformation Salvation Renewal Transformation Salvation
May Grace Truth God Grace Truth
June Mission Pilgrimage Calling Mission Vision