NOTE: Through December we will have a single Sunday service at 11 a.m. We return to a two-service schedule on Jan. 5.
Sunday, December 1 — 11 a.m. — Chalica — Berti Welty
Chalica is a unique Unitarian Universalist holiday that celebrates our guiding principles. During this seven-day holiday we light a candle each day for one of our principles, discuss and/or ponder its meaning and do some action to live out that principle. Come experience how each of the seven principles has a special meaning to individuals in our congregation.
Sunday, December 8 — 11 a.m. — Creating a Compassionate Camping Policy: Honoring Both Our Values and Our Responsibilities — Rev. Anthony Johnson
This service will be a “Congregational Threshing Session.” As in the Quaker tradition, a threshing session provides an opportunity, guided by the Spirit, to ask questions, as well as to state a position or express a point of view. Each person will have an opportunity to speak. No debate. Just listening.
This is a sacred process — the essence of democracy and the true spiritual practice of a UU Congregation — and it is why it is being conducted as a Sunday service. We will be led in our threshing session by Rev. Johnson and Bonnie MacGregor. The service will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Childcare will be provided, and sandwiches will be served for adults and children. We welcome and encourage all to attend and participate in this unique opportunity.
Sunday, Dec. 15 — 11 a.m. — Midwinter Magic — Cornelius Austin with R.E. students & staff
Join us as we explore the magical and often confusing season of winter holidays in this original mini-musical created by Cornelius Austin with the inspiration and support of Religious Education students and staff.
In this tale, our young protagonists question the shallow consumer culture of their Christmas experience. Their inquiry sends them on a journey that finds them talking to animals, learning about the history of the winter Solstice, and consorting with the personified spirit of the Earth herself — Mama Gaia. Come laugh, learn and sing along on this romp through the imagination of the R.E. youth community.
Sunday, Dec. 22 — 11 a.m. — Miraculous Births from Around the World — Berti Welty
We all know the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth. However, his is not the only story of a miraculous birth. Join us as we explore the birth stories of Buddha (Siddhartha), Confucius and several others.
Tuesday, Dec. 24 — 5:30 p.m. — A Candlelight Christmas Eve service — Rev. Anthony Johnson
Join us for a traditional night of activities to celebrate the coming of light into the world.
Sunday, December 29 — 11 a.m. — Cider Sunday — Jo Ann Huffman
Cider Sunday is a tradition for the Sunday that falls after the holidays but before the beginning of the New Year. Please come with snacks and finger food to share. This will be an informal gathering: an opportunity to exchange our thoughts and memories, and toward cementing true fellowship in peace and understanding.