As we, ever so gently, enter the winter holiday season, clearly it is an appropriate time to re-examine Jesus.
Who was this man who Christians called the Messiah? And was he a Christian?

This UUFL tradition brings us together to perform random acts of kindness. We meet at the Fellowship at
10 a.m., armed with cookies to distribute to neighbors and strangers, and with tools needed to help
members of the Fellowship with small tasks at home. If there is snow, we will shovel walks. This is also the
day that we decorate the sanctuary for Christmas. Bring cookies and join the fun!

Ashley will reflect on her personal and professional experiences of five months living and working for the Asia Foundation in Kathmandu, highlighting the immense obstacles to inclusivity in Nepal, the scars of the country’s former conflict and 2015 earthquake, and the stories of individuals who are striving to meaningfully transform the government under the country’s historic political transition. Ashley is interning with the Asia Foundation as part of her graduate school program in international relations with Syracuse University.

Long before Japanese Americans were disgracefully interned at Heart Mountain near Cody during World
War II, the mountain and its environs were home and a source of power to the Crow Nation. In the 19th
century, the Crow were ultimately confined to a reservation in Montana. UUFL Member Ken Chestek will
describe a pilgrimage he and and his wife, Robin, participated in this summer to help reconnect the current
Crow tribe to its sacred land.

Most of the Western world views life in terms of reality being either it’s this way or it’s that way and never
the two shall meet. Yet reality shows us that life is not like that at all. In this reflection I’ll share what I think is true and real.

It’s easy to say, “I forgive you,” but embodying that forgiveness is much more difficult. That’s where love
and forgiveness are intimately entwined. Added to this difficulty is that most people do not fully
understand what is involved in forgiving. In this reflection we’ll explore the multiple manifestations of
forgiveness and experience forgiveness through ritual.

What do recent events like the catastrophic hurricanes, floods and Earth quakes do to a person’s faith? What happens to a person’s spirit when he or she watches their home go up in flames in an event an insurance company will call “an act of God?”  Where is God in the random suffering of every day, the small and large tragedies and injustices, the common pains we suffer daily? These are issues about theodicy or evil. In this reflection I’ll explore the issue of evil and consider answers to these daunting questions.

We continue our exploration of unexpected ways to expand our spiritual practices using the alphabet as a prompt. Join us for this entertaining interactive service.

Is capitalism compatible with our religious ethics? If it’s killing us, does that even matter?

Today it’s common to hear a person say, “I am not a religious person, but I am a spiritual person.” I wish I had ten dollars for each time I’ve heard this and that I’d put the money in my retirement account. If I had, my retirement would be very comfortable. This service will look at what that assessment –- “I am not a religious person, but a spiritual person” — means in relation to participating in the life of a religious community.