Where do we find hope in trying and turbulent times? Members of the congregation, guided by Catie and Barbara, will share their own stories of finding and sustaining hope.

Few words in our moral vocabulary convey so wide a spectrum of meanings as “pride.” It is one of the Seven Deadly Sins in Christianity and considered to be THE cardinal sin. However, today the word can connote anything from narcissism to self-confidence to self-respect. We Unitarian Universalists straddle and struggle with the word. Believe it or not there are times we embody it as a vice. I’ll explore “Pride” when we consider it as both a vice and a virtue.

Professor Pritchett of the University of Wyoming College of Law will share information on recent changes in immigration law and policy. In addition, She will also speak to how the practice of immigration law gives her the opportunity to advocate for social justice and inspire the next generation of human rights advocates at the College of Law.

In my reflection, I’ll consider an answer to the ancient, perennial question:  What is the purpose – or what are the purposes – of our lives?  For what should we live?  Or for what would we be willing to die?  I suspect that what I suggest is not necessarily something you would have thought as an answer to this ancient, perennial question.

NOTE: This is a change from the sermon topic published in the Newsletter.

Catie Ballard leads us in a “Burning Bowl” ritual for the New Year.

Join us and bring your extended family as we celebrate one of the simplest, yet most beautiful services of the year. The Reverend Jacqueline Ziegler along with others from the Fellowship offer this service. There will be special holiday music, carols, readings, a Christmas story, and a candle-lighting ceremony for all those old enough to safely handle them.

(Children are welcome for the entire service. For parents with little ones who become restless, there is a “Quiet Room” just outside of the sanctuary where you can still see and hear the service. )

This beautiful service offers a contemporary perspective on the Winter Solstice. It includes readings, moments of silence, songs and a candle-lighting ritual that will take us on a journey to honor the poignant and fertile darkness of the season and back to a joyous celebration of returning light. Following a special Winter Solstice story for children, the youngsters will go to the RE room to make special candles to be used towards the end of the service. Older children who are able to sit quietly are invited to stay in the sanctuary for the full service.
Please bring a drum or anything that can be used as a drum (an oatmeal box, coffee can, etc.). Also, please bring a treat to share for the social time following the service. This service is a favorite of Unitarian Universalists who consider it a most meaningful holiday celebration. Invite your friends!

Join me in the Sanctuary for a quiet, contemplative retreat from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
This is an evening for those who feel left out of the joy this year, who are alone, who grieve, or who
simply need a quiet moment to renew. Join me for candlelight, stories and a bit of peace.

Let’s celebrate the holiday together this Sunday with our Guest at the Table boxes, a mitten tree, and music.  Bring an ornament or holiday decoration that has meaning in your household and share its story with us.

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?