An Urban Center in Detroit for Spiritual Renewal and Social Justice

Liberate Truth - Radiate Kindness - Love Courageously

Flaming Chalice

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit
4605 Cass Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
Proud member of the Cass Corridor Commons

Online Worship Information
Letter to the Congregation re Return to In-Person Worship
UPDATE 1/6/2022: Because of the COVID surge, worship services in January 2022 will be online only (Zoom and Facebook).
Link for Live Worship Services (11am Sunday on Zoom)
  Phone access via Zoom: 312-626-6799, Meeting ID: 949 9483 0471, Participant ID: none (just hit #)
January 16 Program, Recordings

Current Events
✓ December 30, 2021 6:00PM: Vespers Zoom Recording
✓ January 2, 2022 11:00AM: None Shall Be Compelled
✓ January 8, 2022 10:00AM: Choir Rehearsal
✓ January 9, 2022 11:00AM: On Trust (online only)
✓ January 9, 2022 1:00PM: Worship Committee
✓ January 15, 2022 9:00AM: Leadership Retreat
✓ January 15, 2022 10:00AM: Choir Rehearsal
✓ January 16, 2022 11:00AM: On Hope (online only)
✓ January 16, 2022 1:00PM: Board Meeting
✓ January 16, 2022 7:00PM: Film Viewing & Discussion
January 22, 2022 10:00AM: Choir Rehearsal
January 23, 2022 11:00AM: OMACA: Making America Compassionate Again ... Let's Go!!! (online only)
January 23, 2022 1:00PM: Social Justice Committee
January 23, 2022 1:00PM: Membership Committee
January 27, 2022 6:00PM: Canine Vespers
January 28, 2022 5:00PM: Chili in the Church


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Vespers Poetry
Jeff Gibbs & Michael Moore
Roger Zeigler Memorial Service
Congregational Meeting 12/20/2020 (Zoom)
EMEAC Annual Meeting
Holiday Vespers
Poems of Gratitude
Wilderness & Grace
Songs of Praise and Sorrow
Stunt Double
Hound Dog
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Music

CorridorOfMixedEmotions
GrassRootsMovement
Garbage
A Quad of Todd
Don't Worry, Be Happy
Chimes & Candles
Spirit of Life
Change Gonna Come
Go Down Moses (organ)
Inside the Organ Videos

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Sunday services begin at 11:00 AM

January 23, 2022
Bill Secrest
MACA: Making America Compassionate Again ... Let's Go!!!

Reflections on "Lojong", The ancient Tibetan, now global, mind training practice to build up our skills and power to push back against the current upsurge of popular ill-will. I've been working with this practice for a decade and will share and suggest some teachings that I've found helpful in taming the "wild elephant" of my own disposition ...

Bill is Dan's older, wiser, and, he claims, better looking brother. However, as Garrison Keillor might say, all the men in the Secrest family are good looking.

Bill Secrest was born in Detroit, raised and educated in a comfortable middle-class family in Dearborn. He enrolled in MSU, where he majored in Economics. It was there that, as he says, “The counterculture emerged in the face of the tragic war in Viet Nam, the rising awareness of an environmental collapse, and the cultural imperative of the civil rights movement.” Changed by this awareness, he went to New Zealand to “work and wonder on a communal farm with friends.” His goal was to fashion a sustainable, just, and seemingly reasonable way of living amidst the insanity of the 20th century with its hydrogen bombs and ongoing demolition of Mother Nature.

Returning to his homeland, the Motor City, he engaged in graduate studies at University of Detroit. The department head in Religious Studies in 1974, T.K. Venketeswaran. T. K. became Bill’s mentor and opened up the spiritualities of India and East Asia for him until Venketeswaran died in 2002. Bill went on to make a living teaching for the next 40 years … prayer, meditation and the religious traditions of the world, first at a Catholic high school, and then at a few colleges and Universities. He retired after 35 years from Henry Ford College, where he ran the Religious Studies Program.

During his tenure at HFC, Secrest facilitated the Student Environmental Association there, where he met Jack Smiley who had just founded the Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy. It was “just his cup of tea.” For the last 33 years, he has served on the SMLC Board of Directors and worked to preserve several thousands of acres of wild nature in our region.


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