Early March will bring the one-year mark of living our faith beyond the walls of the congregation as we near the anniversary of closing the building. We have increased our accessibility for those who were not able to attend services and programs in person due to mobility or location. In this time, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist church (A2U2) has reached beyond the walls with love. We have ignited our creativity and innovation while living in community with our hearts broken open as we have faced the inevitable losses related to COVID.
Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church was never meant to be contained by any building. Our mission states: We are a growing community which transforms lives through the power of love. We celebrate diversity, encourage spiritual growth, and promote social responsibility. We empower our members to share their gifts to create a world of compassion equality and justice.
As A2U2 continues living into this mission and vision of becoming a cross-generational, interconnected, and more diverse congregation you are invited to engage opportunities as we welcome new people through ongoing membership classes, out reach programs, we are creating opportunities for joy, connection and spiritual development.
This Sunday, we will be moving to “Live on Zoom” worship services at 10am. The sanctuary if finally, large enough with 500 seats that we can create a time that holds the entire congregation as well as visitors. Services will continue to be posted on our YouTube channel following our Sunday services. The congregational conversation and coffee time will follow the service. This week we will celebrate with other UUs across the nation the Unitarian Universalist Side with Love program. Together we have an opportunity to be led in worship by UU’s from across the nation!
Later this month we will be starting the Church at Home subscription bags, inviting you to engage Unitarian Universalism at home. Watch for more information about pick up, delivery and participation opportunities.
Love reaches out beyond 524 Allen Avenue, Portland, Maine. New visitors continue to arrive offering their own creativity and perspectives to our process. New visitor classes continue, efforts at transparency continue as we learn into the ways we can use our new church program called Breeze. Our board of trustees has begun engaging the UUA commission on institutional changes book, Widening the Circle of Concern as they engage a responsible inventory of the ways A2U2 can continue living into our vision of becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive congregation. They are engaging our deepest longing for our policies, structures and vision to reflect our faithful aspirations. We are transformed and transforming.
Love reaches out…
Love and light,
Rev. Donna Dolham, she, her, hers