Video Service: Lovingkindness in Chaos

Elizabeth DeCoux will lead our service with a message by Michael Nilon entitled “Lovingkindness in Chaos.”

Michael will explore the value of lovingkindness meditation (metta) in times of interpersonal, social, and institutional conflict.

About our Guest Speaker: Michael Nilon is a chaplain resident at Baptist Health and a recent graduate from the doctoral program in religious studies at the University of Virginia. His doctoral research focuses on how Joan Halifax at Upaya Institute and Zen Center (UZC) had ecologized, medicalized, and nuerobiologized mindfulness practices, so that chaplains trained at UZC bring spiritual practices that ground them in their bodies and embodied modes of compassionate care into late modern hospitals. A candidate for ordination in the United Methodist Church, Michael values the embodied modes of experiencing and knowing in his own tradition, late modern American Zen, and in other forms of contemplative practice including centering prayer, hatha yoga, and Ifa. He enjoys spending time with his children riding scooters, playing at the beach, and participating in worship.

During this time of social distancing, when in-person worship has been suspended, BBUUC will continue our weekly worship in video format that you can find on YouTube each Sunday morning at the “BBUUC Video” channel. Simply subscribe to the channel on YouTube, and watch our weekly worship services, modified for video viewing until we can resume gathering together for worship in our church sanctuary. The worship videos will remain on the site for viewing at your convenience. New services are posted at 6am on Sunday mornings.

We invite you to submit your Joys and Concerns via email to by Tuesday at noon of each week for inclusion in the upcoming Sunday’s worship service. Please note “J&C” in the subject line. For your privacy, we will share our Joys and Concerns using first names and last initials only.