This will be an informal morning of conversation around Guest At Your Table boxes. What are these boxes we all put in the middle of our table during the holidays? Why are they an integral part of the social action we UU’s profess to believe in? Members of our own Social Action committee will share some of the projects this year’s Guest at Your Table program supports.

This Sunday, the Venerable Dick Naumann, Archdeacon of the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming and former/beloved chaplain of Hospice—and a previous speaker who generates wonderful thinking-feeling among UUs—will consider the deep nature of forgiveness. With all the chaos and strife in the world how can anyone take forgiveness seriously? What about the guy who cut me off in traffic causing me to spill my latte and ruining my new trousers? And how can anyone forgive terrorists who kill and torture innocents? Or the brother-in-law who cheated on your sister? For many of us forgiving those who harm others doesn’t seem to accomplish anything. “What’s in it for me?” they ask. Well, there is more, much more, than meets the eye and much to be gained by embracing forgiveness at every level of relationship. It isn’t easy but the rewards are great.

5:30 pm Our Annual Thanksgiving Pot Luck

Between politics, local and national and environmental issues, there surely is some topic each of us cares deeply about. This Sunday we will hear from 5 UUFL members and the cause they are passionate about as each them speaks for 5 minutes. Then, as SOCIAL ACTION is part of our UU identity we will all be given the opportunity to support one of these causes via sending a letter or postcard to the appropriate legislator or agency stating our opinion and why. Postcards, stamps and addresses will be available during the last 15 minutes of the service when we are all encouraged to fill one out. (If you would like to be one of our speakers willing to speak on your cause for 5 minutes, give Ralph Garrett a call, 745-8712)

One of the many blessings we have to be grateful for this holiday season and indeed, throughout the year is the gift of music. We will experience that gift of music with a morning of singing. You don’t need to have perfect pitch, just have joy in your heart and a willingness to sing with others.
Round singing is an easy and pleasant way to create harmony. All singers sing a line of melody, but by starting at different time, they create rich layers of sound. Many rounds use spiritual text. Jewish tradition includes a beautiful Hanukkah round. There are numerous hallelujahs from the Christian tradition. There are even rounds for pagans and animists. Come join us for a morning of rounds and “joyful music.”

Change for Change is the Wyoming Outdoor Council presented by Claire Mooney.

Our guest minister this morning is Rev. Audette Fulbright, from our neighboring UU Church over the hill in Cheyenne. This is what she says about her service with us this morning: “Religions have been teaching the fundamentals of compassionate & connected human relationships for eons. It turns out, science can lend insight, as well. The question is – will we listen?” Please join us in welcoming Audette to our Laramie Fellowship.

Our guest UU minister this morning is Rev Kelly Dignan from the Greeley UU Church. “Our society often thinks transition is just another word for change. In fact, the two are different. Change is situational – the events that occur which lead to a new reality. Transition, however, is psychological and spiritual – the process we undergo to incorporate changes into our lives.”

Is yours half empty or half full? What does it take to fill yours up? Bring your favorite cup with you this Sunday as we explore the spiritual dimensions of these everyday objects.

Throughout history, humans have wondered if there is someplace where pain and suffering have been transformed into eternal joy and happiness. How are concepts of an afterlife reconciled out-side of a traditional concept of heaven. Join us this Sunday as we again welcome Rev Leslie Kee , from the Casper UU Fellowship as she explores these ideas with us.

What can we learn from the season of autumn . . . you might be surprised!

(Due to a family emergency, the program announced in our newsletter for this Sunday has been postponed.)

This Sunday we welcome the Laramie Jewish Community Center’s visiting student Rabbi. Every year, the Laramie Jewish Community Center brings in a visiting student Rabbi for the Jewish High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The Laramie Jewish Community Center had not finalized their arrangements with the Rabbi at the time our newsletter went to press, so we do not have a specific sermon topic, but assume it will relate the Jewish High Holy Days. High Holy Days or Rosh Hashanah (“Jewish New Year”) and Yom Kippur (“Day of Atonement”) and the ten day period including these holidays are known as the Ten Days of Repentance. During this time the Jews ask for forgiveness for those they have wronged.