Blue Christmas Vespers Service

4:00 pm
For many, the holiday season, with its hustle and bustle and its expectation of joy, is a difficult time. If you’re struggling this season with losses, grief, distance from friends or loved ones, worry for the world, loneliness, or anything else, I hope you’ll join me for a Blue Christmas Vespers Service – a time of healing music, comforting poetry, and sharing.

Justice Across Borders

Nearly 80 years ago, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s precursor organization was started to support the work of people helping Jewish children escape Nazism. In the ensuing years, the UUSC has furthered human rights throughout the world through partnerships that advance the work and priorities of local human rights organizations. Each year, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee invites us to get to know several of their human rights partners, metaphorically inviting them to be guests at our tables, by reading about their grassroots partners and setting aside the cost of a meal each time we eat for several weeks to donate to the UUSC. This morning, as we remember the arduous census journey required of a pregnant young woman and her spouse over 2000 years ago, we’ll get to know a few of those who today make the life-threatening journey across borders, and the justice-seekers and justice-makers who accompany them.

Join us as we launch UUCWI’s participation in this year’s “Guest at Your Table” program. If you can’t make it to today’s service, please stop by the office to pick up a story booklet, collection box and return envelope the week after the service. Please return your contribution directly to the UUSC by the end of January!

Mark Simpson, Worship Assistant

Christmas Eve

The Wonder of Christmas … 4 pm

“Let there be a season when holiness is heard, and the splendor of living is revealed. Stunned to stillness by beauty we remember who we are and why we are here.” ~ Rebecca Parker

Such is Christmas Eve. Please join us at 4pm for a traditional service of carols, stories and reflection, candle lighting and love. We will rejoice in the blessings and gifts of this season that have been celebrated in the northern hemisphere since the beginning of time.

Worship Leader: Terra Anderson

Festival of Lights

The lighted Chalice is the cherished symbol of Unitarian Universalists, and fire is a sacred symbol common to the beliefs and rituals of many cultures. Members of the congregation will share reflections on the use of fire in the traditions of the UU Chalice, Jewish Festival of Hanukkah, African American Kwanzaa Festival, and Hindu Festival of Diwali. Join us as we prepare for the New Year with a candle lighting ceremony affirming our best intentions for our families, our congregation, our country, and our world.
Worship Leaders: Effie Brown, Rick Weiss
Guest Musician: Sheila Weindendorf

Draw the Circle Wide

For many, the holiday season, with its hustle and bustle and its expectation of joy, is a difficult time. If you’re struggling this season with losses, grief, distance from friends or loved ones, worry for the world, loneliness, or anything else, I hope you’ll join me for a Blue Christmas Vespers Service – a time of healing music, comforting poetry, and sharing.

Worship Associate: Becky Myrick
Music: Eileen Soskin

Always a Voice Rises

Oppression of all kinds damages the oppressed and the oppressor, fracturing human connections to self, one another, and life itself. Out of the broken places, voices arise, seeking comfort, wholeness, and liberation. In this, the first of three sermons in a series addressing Unitarian Universalism’s challenges to become an anti-racist, anti-oppression, multi-cultural religion, we consider what we might learn about the limits of our embrace from MLK’s relationship to Unitarianism.

Worship Leader: Gladys Howard
Music: The UUCWI Chalice Choir