Come and celebrate the Christmas season with carolling, stories, and Christmas baking, plus an exploration of Christmas traditions and stories through the lens of Unitarian Universalist history.
Our lives are shaped by many practices and traditions, including ones that we may not think about very often. One of these traditions is the practice of keeping the Sabbath, observed in Judaism from Friday evening to Saturday evening, and in Christianity on Sundays. Unitarian Universalist congregations generally meet on Sunday mornings as a result of our heritage in these traditions. Yet the meaning of the Sabbath goes much deeper than this - it is rooted in an understanding of time as a way of touching the sacred. This Sunday we will look at what it means to dwell in sacred time.
In the book "Old Turtle", beings of all kinds start arguing about the nature of God, each one seeing God in his or her own image. Eventually, Old Turtle intervenes. Since "Old Turtle" was written in 1992, it has touched children and adults alike with its message of peace, interconnection of all beings, and honouring diversity. We'll hear the story and then explore its meaning in more depth, listening for the ways we can live even more fully into our values.
Once again we find ourselves, at the start of the month, another Christmas season ahead of us. Depending on your perspective, this might be a good thing, and it might not be... Can we take a break from the bustle and ask ourselves what is at the heart of the advent season.
Many Unitarian Universalists know that James Reeb was a UU minister who answered the call of Martin Luther King Jr. King asked for clergy from all faiths to join him in a march in Selma Alabama. The usually told story has Reeb answering the call, and becoming a martyr when he died from an attack after a march. Dave's talk will look at Reeb's life, his theological journey, and how he took a life path that led to the front lines of the civil rights movement.
I used to call it "dropping the ministry bomb" (especially when I was online dating). It's kind of a strange thing, to tell people you're a minister. Especially a Unitarian Universalist minister. Whether people think it is strange or cool, misunderstandings abound (no, I'm not Christian... yes, I'm a minister). Since becoming your minister, I have had several conversations with people wondering about the role of the minister in general and at UUCD in particular. This service is a chance to share about ministering and ministry, including the role of minister, but also the broader context of ministering that we all do in the world.
I welcome questions in advance if you have any burning wonderings!
Today six UUCDers will share books that they have found meaningful.
These books include: Teach Only Love, Educated, 1984, Bird, Anatomy of an Epidemic and Harry Potter.
In honour of All Souls Sunday, you are invited to bring a memento representing someone you have lost in the last year or longer ago. We'll hear and reflect on words of wisdom from Canadian teacher, author, storyteller, spiritual activist, and farmer Stephen Jenkinson, whose decades of experience working in palliative spiritual care have inspired his call for a different approach to living and dying.
Many parents feel that it is imperative that their children believe in Santa Claus. For many parents it is also imperative that their children believe in the existence of a supernatural being similar, in some respects, to Santa ... called God. But this being is for real. Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and God. In each case belief will result in ultimate rewards. But, could the experience of "mystery and wonder" be enough reward?
In celebration of the artists within our community — writers, poets, painters, sewers, dancers, musicians and more -- and the spark of creativity within each of us, we´ll explore the trials and tribulations of nurturing our creative sides. You are invited to bring a piece of your art (or an image) to share.
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