Adult Religious Education — 9:30 AM Margaret Kelso, “The Fifth Principle” Is the democratic process a secular or a religious concept? What is the history of congregational policy? In what way does NVUU follow the democratic process? How does congregational polity relate to voters' rights? Is there a role for UU's to become leaders in promoting the democratic process in society at large? Main Service — 11:00 AM Lay-led service by Lee Hamilton “LET US PRAY” “Prayer is not about leading the universe toward some desired outcome; it is about our willingness to be led to greater consciousness, compassion, and connection.”—Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom Prayer has a long history in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, as in every religious tradition. Our worship services use prayer and many of us, including theists, agnostics and atheists use prayer in our own spiritual practices. “Gimme” prayers and those that attempt to tell a deity what to do are not helpful. Prayer that helps us align ourselves and our actions with the laws of the universe, on the other hand, can have great value. Why? How might praying help even those of us who do not believe a deity is listening? You may want to review the pamphlet, Unitarian Universalist Views of Prayer. It is available on the UUA website at https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-do/spirituality/prayer For reflection and discussion: Do you pray? If not, is there something you do regularly that might be called prayer? In what ways does it help you? Social Hour — ten minutes after completion of the service Visit nvuu.org for service links.