In an interactive Coffee House like setting, UUCO members and friends will draw on the prior week's sermon and some relevant handouts to think and talk about their own internal hero. Sharing personal stories is a great community building activity.
Rev. Gail Tapscott will ask us to look at the Heroic archetype in terms of our own life journey. She will look at some materials that specifically address the changing patterns in the roles of both women and men and how that affects our understanding of the image of the hero.
Today we kick off our annual pledge campaign. The board has asked the congregational committees for what is needed to do the work of the congregation this next year and has put together a proposed budget for what it would take for UUCO to continue to be a caring intergenerational community that fosters spiritual growth. What will it take for this community to thrive in celebrating diversity and in being a voice for good in the world?
The Religious Exploration program's leaders and children are happy to present at this service, which will mark the the culmination of a semester of exploring rainforests. The UUCO chorus will help with musical support. This service will seek to demonstrate our commitment to the Unitarian Universalist seventh principle which calls for "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." We hope it will inspire all of us to take care of our precious home, planet Earth.
Dr. John Conlon, a professor of Economics at the University of Mississippi will share some views about how these two disciplines are intersecting in new and different ways at this time in our history.
White Supremacy and the Death of the Divine in Our Lives - Rev. David Billings - Sunday, January 7, 2018
Rev. David Billings author of the award winning book
Deep Denial and a presenter at the 2017 UUA General Assembly joins us to talk about racism and some possible cures from his experiences as a white southern activist. There will be a Q and A session after the service.
Fully letting go is ultimate renewal. You are invited to participate in the annual Burning Bowl ceremony. We will gather in honor of the potential for transformation in the extraordinary every day.
Rev. Gail Tapscott invites you to join us on Christmas Eve morning to learn how to make the post Christmas Day period a time of growth and renewal all the way to 12th night. We will hear stories and music and maybe some holiday magic will happen.
How short the daylight hours have now become.
How gray the skies, how barren seem the trees.
Let us not wish away the winter.
Join us for the light that shines forth through music provided by the Solstice Singers, featuring Cynthia Furr Linton, Cynthia Newsome, Ginger Furr Harrell, Libby Furr, and Susannah Furr.
Our UUCO Holiday Lovefeast is our traditional 'Tis the Season' worship service. We invite all -- youngest to oldest, visiting guests and favorite neighbors -- to join in! We will sing the familiar songs of the season, read words from historic texts, share traditional Lovefeast buns and warm cider, and hold aloft our candles at the conclusion of the service. Our offertory will go to help individuals and families in our community. All are welcome at this multi-generational gathering, which is our own adaptation of the traditional Moravian Lovefeast.
The Lovefeast service is very simple and is focused upon love of humankind: a communal meal is shared in love. Music and readings are offered to support reflection about the meaning of this season of the year. The distinctive feature of the gathering is that sweet rolls and cider are served to the congregation and all hold lighted candles to end the service. Within the Christian tradition it has been noted that the Lovefeast is not a substitute for the Christian sacrament of communion, rather it is a simple, shared meal. Many Unitarian Universalist congregations celebrate Lovefeasts at this time of year.
The original Moravian Lovefeast had its roots in the early Moravian Church. Once, after a worship service, some Moravians shared a simple meal and were moved by the unity and good will they felt toward one another. This practice soon became a tradition and was called a 'lovefeast.' Moravian Lovefeasts are still held today to celebrate many occasions of special significance. Now practiced and adapted in many different faiths, it is a universal celebration and a calming way to engage the holiday season in a participatory and multi-generational service.
Music: The UUCO Chorus, Greg Johnson, Dan Mattern
For All Ages: Mari Kuhnle offers our story
Special Reflection: Rev. Dr. Gail Stratton
Lovefeast Buns: Luanne Buchanan
Cider, Buns, and Candles Service: Pat Miller, Chris Sapp and Youth Leaders
Offertory: Four our community, through Interfaith Compassion Ministries
And many more participants!