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November & December Sunday & Holiday Events

Sunday, Nov. 4: Linda Taggart.  Our Spirit’s Harvest.  Each year’s harvest is more than food for the body. It is also a time for spiritual reflection. What was grown? What was learned? What must be let go?  A Pagan-style service.

A Family Service where the children join the adults in the sanctuary for the first part of the service.

 

Sunday, Nov.  11:  Rev. Edward Poling. Jesus of Nazareth: Contemplative Non-Violent Activist.  A different view of Jesus.

 

Sunday, Sunday, Nov.  18:  Rev. Kenton Stone. Your Quest. A quest is “a journey toward a specific mission or a goal.” What’s your quest?

Offering in Action for the Heifer International.  Potluck Lunch & UUCH Book Table after the service.

 

Sunday, Nov.  25:  Rev. John Morehouse’s sermon, All at the Table, about transcending our differences for a day to share our common humanity, and much more.

 

Sunday, Dec.  2: Rev. Dr. Paul Britner.  When Life Isn’t Fair. Forgiveness is important for spiritual well-being, but it’s pretty hard to do when the wrongdoer is unknown to us, some faceless bureaucracy, or simply acts of nature. There are some things we can do even in those situations for our peace and serenity.

A Family Service where the children join the adults in the sanctuary for the first part of the service.

 

Sunday, Dec. 9:  Rev. Sarah Campbell’s sermon, Moment of Truth. It is probably in our nature as religious liberals to seek the spirit and resist it at the same time. How some experiences bring us to our knees, figuratively if not literally.

 

Sunday, Dec. 16:  Rev. Dr. Paul Britner. The Prosperity Gospel.  A look at the kind of faith-based materialism personified by many Sunday-morning televangelists—although there may be a lesson in there for holiday shoppers, too.

Offering in Action for the Heifer International.  Potluck Lunch & UUCH Book Table after the service.

 

Friday, December 21, 7 p.m. Yule Dinner and Bonfire Ritual  regardless of weather.

Vegetarian-friendly dinner provided. RSVP required by Dec. 14 to Max Poston.

All ages welcome. The event is open to the pagan and pagan curious of all flavors who RSVP by Dec. 14.

Yule is the perfect UU holiday. It’s cross cultural, earth centered, and ancient. Yule is easily marked without any reference to a deity, prophet, or other day on any calendar. In its simplest definition Yule is when winter days start to get longer again. The symbolism writes itself. The promise of life returning is universally good news. Draw your own parallels from there and you end up with the dozen holidays in a dozen faiths that rejoice in rebirth.

 

Sunday Dec. 23:  Memories of Winter Lights. Readings, holiday songs, and shared reminiscences of traditional winter celebrations: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and Yule.   An intergenerational service for everyone school-age and older. The nursery will be staffed for younger children.

 

Monday, Dec. 24, 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Service.  Generous Hearts in Hard Times.

An intergenerational service for everyone school-age and older.

        Celebrate Christmas Eve with familiar carols, the soft light of candles, the warmth of fellowship and a holiday story set in the Great Depression, when a young boy  discovers the joy of generosity.

Our UUCH Players  bring the holidays to life with dramatic readings of the first Christmas story and an illustrated holiday tale, An Orange for Frankie by Patricia Polacco.

An Orange for Frankie is set on a Midwestern farm in the 1930s.  Frankie and his large family are busy with last minute preparations for Christmas and trying to hide their concern about Father who is long overdue from his trip to the city. Frankie is also troubled by some choices he has made.

Please bring some cookies to share after the service.   Warm drinks provided.

 

Sunday, Dec. 30:   Marlin BarnesThe Ebb and Flow of Empathy. An exploration of the influence of empathy; what happens when it flows outside the normal, easy range; and what guidelines the Unitarian Universalist principles offer when we attempt to deal with a difficult relationship.

 

 

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