“Waiting is the Hardest Part” On this first Sunday of the Christian observance of Advent, as the natural world moves further into the dark, fallow time of winter, we’ll take some time to pause and reflect.
Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper
Special Service: Blue Christmas (Tuesday evening, 12/18/18 at 6:30 pm, Sanctuary) The winter holidays can be particularly challenging when you or your family are experiencing grief due to a recent loss, or to the anniversary of a loss. This meditative service will provide an opportunity … read more.
“Staying In the Present” The spiritual practice of being present to the moment is hard enough on a regular day, but during the winter holidays, it gets even more difficult, with expectations coming from every direction. Bring the challenges of your heart, and we will … read more.
“Out with the Old…” Bring your regrets from 2018 to the Burning Bowl and we’ll get ready together for all the possibility inherent in a shiny new year.
GIVING THANKS – The American Thanksgiving holiday is usually centered around traditions of food and family. How might we infuse this traditional holiday with new insights about gratitude and our traditions?
In our increasingly polarized world, nearly everything around us is arranged in binary opposites. This construct insists on divisions rather than seeking commonalities. How might we find another way?
Unitarian Universalist history includes many folks who worked for social or religious change. We are rooted in the stories of the Protestant Reformation. This service will explore some of that heritage, and why it matters to us today.
It is traditional in many cultures to honor deceased loved ones as the fall begins to turn to winter. As part of this multigenerational service, we will create an ancestor altar together. Please bring photos or small mementos of your deceased loved ones to add to the altar.
The fourth principle speaks of “free and responsible search for meaning,” but we don’t often talk much about how we actually go about the search. Methodist John Wesley’s teachings provide an interesting entry point for this conversation.
The words “inherent worth and dignity” come from the first principle, perhaps the one that is best known within and outside Unitarian Universalism. Let’s dig a bit deeper into the practical applications of the familiar first principle, particularly its influence on our under-standing of good and evil.