“The Invisible Barrier”

Rev. Jenn Gracen

Our Unitarian ancestors tended to be highly educated upper middle class or wealthy people. Our Universalist ancestors tended to be farmers and residents of rural areas. How and why do we struggle over class in Unitarian Universalism today?


I was in my 40's, a young widow, children had moved on with their lives, I had a fulfilling teaching career and a wonderful group of friends. I began to feel, however, that I was missing something, hard to define really, but came to understand was spiritual camaraderie. I thought a Unitarian church might be a good fit as my Christian viewpoint I had been brought up with had shifted considerably. I thought I would drive to Ann Arbor to attend but bumped into a former student who mentioned she was a member of a Unitarian Universalist church right here in Jackson County. I went there the next Sunday and was pleased and overwhelmed with the spiritual camaraderie I sought. That was eighteen years ago. It has enriched my life.

2017-18 Justice Theme: Environment

Our church is focusing on the social justice issue of the environment for the 2017-2018 church year, with activities, programs, and worship services related to the environment, particularly water justice, throughout the year. Look through our upcoming events or newsletter for more details. We will be using the book Blue Future by Maude Barlow as a guide for water justice action.