Ministry and Programs

Rev. Dr. Dorothy May Emerson offers a range of ministerial services, including guest preaching, pastoral counseling, and celebrating important events in your life. Here is a list of upcoming and past worship services. A brief description of each sermon can be found at the bottom of the page.

Dorothy Emerson is an experienced public speaker and has made many presentations at conferences and in other venues over the years. Here is a list of programs she has available to offer in your settings. In most cases, there programs can be offered as interactive workshops or as speeches.

Ongoing Programs and Workshops

HARVESTING THE SIXTIES

This interactive program provides an opportunity to consider and share the experiences of those who were alive in the 1960s. We are still living with the consequences and the on-going unfolding of much that began in this decade.

For those of us who came of age in the 1960’s, this turbulent decade shaped our lives and who we have become. Yet we do not often talk about this. Now that we are in our 60s, perhaps it’s time we did.

By sharing our stories and reflections I hope to encourage participants to harvest the best of what this era initiated and make greater use of its lessons in our lives going forward. I also hope to foster a deeper understanding of the significance of the 1960s, beyond simply a hedonistic time of drugs, sex, and rock and roll, and to encourage younger generations to engage with intentionality in the concerns of their own times.

BECOMING WOMEN OF WISDOM

This interactive program explores what it means to be a wise woman or crone today. Through ritual, small group discussion, and a guided meditation through a triple spiral labyrinth, participants will gain a deeper appreciation of the spiritual and social significance of being a crone.

Participants will learn about a new self-guided curriculum in 13 circles, designed to prepare women to take on the important role of wise woman in their communities. Becoming Women of Wisdom: Marking the Passage into the Crone Years is primarily for women who are entering or have passed through menopause. Each circle includes poetry, story, art, music and dance to help women connect to the profound meaning of this life passage. The curriculum concludes with a croning celebration as participants celebrate their new status and name themselves crone, queen, elder, or grandmother.

MARGARET FULLER’S SPIRITUAL LEGACY

This presentation includes an overview of Margaret Fuller’s life and significance, with a focus on her spiritual development, how she found the strength within herself to break free from the restrictions of her time and create an amazing body of work that still has relevance for us today.

Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was a leading Transcendentalist along with Emerson and Thoreau. She wrote the groundbreaking book Woman in the 19th Century and was the first woman social and literary critic and foreign correspondent for Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune. She called on Americans to question the second-class status of women, African and Native Americans and to establish true democracy at home.

SPIRIT, MONEY AND JUSTICE: MAKING THE CONNECTIONS

What’s spiritual about money? What difference does our use of money make in the world? In this interactive program we will explore spiritual dimensions of money and ways our use of money can promote justice in the world. We will examine practices like mindful spending and saving, socially responsible investing, high impact donations, and community investing to end poverty.

MYERS-BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR (MBTI)

Dorothy Emerson has worked with this popular personality indicator for over 30 years. She offers workshops and talks about the dynamics of personality styles in individual development, in relationships, in the workplace, and in organizations. She also administers the MBTI and provides feedback on results.

Winter Retreat December 19 – 21 2014

Join the authors of “Becoming Women of Wisdom,” Melody Lee, Karen Edwards, and Dorothy Emerson, for a winter solstice retreat, “Tending Your Inner Fire” at the Rowe Camp & Conference Center from December 19-21, 2014. Join other women at mid-life or beyond to reflect on the wisdom gained from your life experience — that inner fire that warms and guides you through even the darkest time.The program helps women connect with the wisdom of their life experience as they grow older, and helps to imbue their “crone” years with new-found grace, humor, and well being. Participants will use journaling, collage, music, dance, and ritual to help them claim their crone wisdom.

For additional information, and to register, go to rowecenter.org.  View an informational video about the program.

Fall 2013 Services

November 3, 2013 9:15 AM and 11:00 AM

First Unitarian Church of Honolulu
2500 Pali Highway • Honolulu, HI 96817 • 808-595-4047
http://www.unitariansofhi.org/

In Body and Spirit: Margaret Fuller’s legacy for us
Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was a leading Transcendentalist along with Emerson and Thoreau. She wrote the groundbreaking book Woman in the 19th Century and was the first woman front-page columnist and foreign correspondent for Horace Greeley’s New York Daily Tribune. She called on Americans to question the second-class status of women, African and Native Americans and to establish true democracy at home.
This service focuses on her spiritual development, how she found the strength within herself to break free from the restrictions of her time and create an amazing body of work that still has relevance for us today.

November 10, 2013 10:15 AM

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Puna
Hawaiian Paradise Park, 15-1791 14th Street • Keaau, HI • 808-982-6112, uupuna@gmail.com

November 24, 2013 4:00 PM

Unitarian Universalists of West Hawai’i, Kona Outdoor Circle
Sadie Seymour Botanical Gardens, Off Queen Kaahumanu Highway • Kona, HI
Contact Stone Wolfsong 808-990-4785, info@uuwesthawaii.com, http://www.uuwesthawaii.com

  • Gratitude

Thankfulness can be both a spiritual practice and a basis for social action. As we prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, let us consider the role gratitude can play in our live every day.

Recent Worship Services

  • “Radical Hospitality”
    January 27, 2013 10:30 AM
    What does it mean to be welcoming? What is “at the root” of the practice of hospitality?
    Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
    322 15th Street W • Bradenton, FL 34205 • 941-746-0067, muuf1@verizon.net

    http://www.uuofbradenton.org/
  • “Sea Change: Reflections on the 1960s”
    February 3, 2013 11:00 AM
    The 1960s introduced many cultural changes that continue to influence us today, as we continue to struggle with issues of freedom, peace, and love.
    Unitarian Universalist Church of Ft. Lauderdale
    3970NW 21st Avenue • Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 •954-484-6734, admin@uucfl.org
    http://uucflg.org/
  • “Radical Hospitality”
    January 27, 2013 10:30 AM
    What does it mean to be welcoming? What is “at the root” of the practice of hospitality?
    Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville
    4225 NW 34th Street • Gainesville, FL 34605 • 352-377-1669

    http://uucg.org
FEATURED SERMONS

Sea Change: Reflections on the 1960s
The 1960s introduced many cultural changes that still influence us today, as we continue to struggle with issues of freedom, equality, peace, and love. What can we learn from this era about the challenges of creating a culture based on Unitarian Universalist values and principles?

Building a Rainbow World: Finding hope in our time
What does it mean to live at this time in the history of the world? What role might Unitarian Universalists play in creating a hopeful future?

Radical Hospitality
What does it mean to be welcoming? What is “at the root” of the practice of hospitality?

Don’t Be Nice, Be Kind
Sometimes being nice can mask real feelings and block us from action, while being kind releases positive energy that ripples out and makes a difference in the world.

In Body and Spirit: Margaret Fuller’s legacy for us
Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was a leading Transcendentalist along with Emerson and Thoreau. She wrote the groundbreaking book Woman in the 19th Century and was the first woman front-page columnist and foreign correspondent for Horace Greeley’s New York Daily Tribune. She called on Americans to question the second-class status of women, African and Native Americans and to establish true democracy at home.
This service focuses on her spiritual development, how she found the strength within herself to break free from the restrictions of her time and create an amazing body of work that still has relevance for us today.

Complete Worship Service List

SPIRITUAL GROWTH

  • Call From Within

An invitation to take time to be quiet and listen for the voice within, hear our inner wisdom, and deepen our understanding of our life’s purpose and path.

  • Gratitude

Thankfulness can be both a spiritual practice and a basis for social action.

  • Threshold of Change

Sometimes we find ourselves at a threshold. If we cross it, things will change. Our fears may hold us back, but on the other side we see a brighter future. How do we gather courage to cross the threshold into a new way of being?

  • A Time for Turning

What is the role of acknowledgment and forgiveness in healing and moving forward? (Appropriate for fall, Jewish Days of Awe)

  • Living Your Soul’s Purpose

How do we know what our purpose in life is—both as individuals and as a spiritual community?
BUILDING COMMUNITY

  • Radical Hospitality

What does it mean to be welcoming? What is “at the root” of the practice of hospitality?

  • Don’t Be Nice, Be Kind

Sometimes being nice can mask real feelings and block us from action, while being kind releases positive energy that ripples out and makes a difference in the world.

  • Called to Community

Ministries to the wider community can expand the impact of Unitarian Universalism. Local congregations can support and develop such ministries to bring healing and justice to the world. (Possible Community Ministry Sunday service)
MONEY AND JUSTICE

  • Ending Poverty: Step by Step

In this economically divided world, how is it possible to work for greater economic justice for people living in poverty? Consider how Unitarian Universalists are putting their money to work to establish village banks around the world and invest in community development at home. These grassroots strategies for ending poverty work–and provide hope and a positive future for all those involved.

  • Spirit, Money and Justice

How does our relationship with money affect us spiritually and emotionally? What does it mean to have a healthy relationship with money? How can we best use money to work for justice?

  • Investing with Justice

Decisions about how to spend and invest the money that flows through our lives have ethical implications that affect our communities and the interdependent web of existence. The choices we make and the actions we take with money constitute our economic footprint. How can we align our use of money with our values and put our money to work for justice?
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST ROLE MODELS

  • Standing Before Us: Four women from Massachusetts who changed the world

Universalists Judith Sargent Murray and Mary Livermore and Unitarians Margaret Fuller and Lucy Stone lived lives of faith and action that had lasting impact on our lives. Yet they remain for the most part forgotten. Why is that? What can we do to recognize their work and continue their legacy?

  • In Body and Spirit: Margaret Fuller’s legacy for us

Margaret Fuller (1810-1850) was a leading Transcendentalist along with Emerson and Thoreau. She wrote the groundbreaking book Woman in the 19th Century and was the first woman front-page columnist and foreign correspondent for Horace Greeley’s New York Daily Tribune. She called on Americans to question the second-class status of women, African and Native Americans and to establish true democracy at home.
This service focuses on her spiritual development, how she found the strength within herself to break free from the restrictions of her time and create an amazing body of work that still has relevance for us today.

  • Learning the Art of Peace

Many of us long for peace but wonder what difference we can make in a world that only knows war. The peace-making work of some fascinating Universalist, Unitarian, and UU women can empower our own efforts to make peace a reality.
FAITH IN ACTION

  • Building a Rainbow World: Finding hope in our time

What does it mean to live at this time in the history of the world? What role might Unitarian Universalists play in creating a hopeful future?

  • Love Acts

What does it mean to put love into action in our lives as Jesus did? What would it take to follow his courageous model? (Possible Advent service)

  • Bless the Earth Everyday

The Earth blesses and cares for us every day of our lives. We can return this blessing through actions large and small. (Possible Earth Day service)

  • Save Us! Save Our Children!

What does it mean to live in a country and world where so many children are growing up in poverty? What can we do about it?

  • The Call to Be Peacemakers

What does it mean to be a peacemaker, with our families, in our communities and in the world?

  • Sea Change: Reflections on the 1960s

The 1960s introduced many cultural changes that still influence us today, as we continue to struggle with issues of freedom, equality, peace, and love. What can we learn from this era about the challenges of creating a culture based on Unitarian Universalist values and principles?

Any of these sermons can be adapted for talks and workshops. Other topics available upon request.