Sunday, Dec. 2 – 11 a.m. – Give Chalica a Chance – the Rev. Bryan Jessup
Among Unitarian Universalists a new practice for the winter holiday seasons is emerging. During the first week in December many UUs and UU families focus on one of our UU Principles every day for a week. They light a candle and talk with one another about what a given Principle means to them. Food and fun is shared and hearts and minds are renewed and re-focused. This Sunday we will launch our customary UUSC Guest at Your Table program.
Sunday, Dec. 9 – 11 a.m. – Focus on Islam – Rev. Jamila Tharp
Having just returned from an educational tour of Turkey, with a focus on the study of Islam and Mevlana Rumi, the Rev. Jamila Tharp will share reflections on her trip. Topics will include: Where Buddhists love mindfulness, Sufis love ‘heartfulness;’ in Turkish there are no male or female pronouns, just one pronoun for everyone; and how to read Rumi’s seminal writing, “The Masnavi.”
To many Westerners, Rumi’s teachings about love are one of the best introductions to the philosophy, mysticism and practice of Sufism, the tradition of Radical Love that is at the heart of the Islamic path.
Sunday, Dec. 16 – 11 a.m. – The Wondrous Sloth – Maya Kaup
Join us for a service focused on the wondrous mysteries of the sloth. Maya Kaup, an Arcata native who grew up at HUUF and now attends Ole Miss to earn her M.S in biology, will be discussing her trips to Costa Rica to study the secrets of sloths and the unusual microorganisms that live in their fur. She will share stories of her sloth-catching adventures and discuss how these mysterious mammals can teach us a thing or two.
Sunday, Dec. 23 – 11 a.m. – Wisdom of Winter – the Rev. Bryan Jessup
Unitarian Universalists, along with many other people, most frequently find renewal for their spirit in the natural world. Taking walks in the spring, summer and fall is not uncommon. But winter is an equally beautiful and necessary time in the natural world. In this time of winter solstice, we have an opportunity to discover what wisdom winter may have to teach us.
Monday, Dec. 24 – 5:30 p.m. – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service — the Rev. Bryan Jessup
This will be a service of music, mystery and magic. The old story of Christmas will be told. Out of the darkness, light will come forth. And many tired old hearts will be softened and re-opened to the simple joy of being alive.
Sunday, Dec. 30 – 11 a.m.
To be announced