What is Thematic Ministry?

Thematic Ministry is an approach to congregational life which devotes worship and reflection to one topic, or theme, each month. This year, our monthly themes have been drawn from Soul Matters:

2018-19 Church Year:

  • September:  Vision   
  • October:  Sanctuary
  • November:  Memory
  • December:  Mystery
  • January:  Possibility
  • February:  Trust
  • March:  Journey
  • April:  Wholeness
  • May:  Curiosity
  • June:  Beauty  

Each Sunday, members and guests are invited to engage with the themes in these unique ways: 

  • Through Worship Service in the Sanctuary
  • Through SpiritJam, starting with a Story for All Ages in the Sanctuary, a SpiritJam recessional, and a gathering circle in Room 6. From there, we offer three jam sessions to choose from each Sunday, happening in Rooms 2, 5, and 6! 

Your DLRE and SpiritJam teachers develop jam sessions based on the monthly theme during our weekly brainstorming sessions. We also want to hear from you! If you have a great idea for a Jam Session, contact Katy Siepert or fill out the form located on the Welcome Table in the hallway. With SpiritJam, the possibilities for learning and reflection through mind, body and spirit are expanded for the entire congregation.

Past Themes: 

2017-18 Church Year:

  • September: Inclusivity
  • October: Covenant
  • November: Multiculturalism
  • December: Tapestry
  • January: Community
  • February: Learning
  • March: Embracing Transformation
  • April: Sustainable
  • May: Centering
  • June: Culture

2016-17 Church Year, drawn from UUCE’s Covenant of Right Relations:

  • September: Covenant
  • October: Trust
  • November: Respect
  • December: Gratitude
  • January: Honor
  • February: Suffering
  • March: Abiding
  • April: Honesty & Compassion
  • May: Conflict
  • June: Sustaining
  • July: Endings
  • August: Beginnings