From the Celtic tradition, Kate Lechler and friends will help us understand and appreciate the Winter Solstice and the ancient traditions that come from it.
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 though the Oxford Pantry.
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.
Music: The UUCO Chorus, Reynaldo Budhi and Quinoa Soedsaue
Seasonal Reflection: Susan Zachos
For All Ages: Andy and Wendy Pfrenger will bring stories!
Offertory: For The Oxford Pantry for our community
Lovefeast Buns: Baked by Luanne Buchanan
Cider, Buns, and Candles Service: Many helpers!
Service Leader: Eunice Benton
And many more participants!
Our theme for the month of December is Awe. To start the month, Rev. Gail Tapscott will address the ways our first UU source, which says we draw on transcendent mystery and wonder, can keep us focused on what really matters through the busy and stressful holiday season
It has been our tradition to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with a version of the old, old story, “Stone Soup,” followed by a follow-up luncheon and fellowship. Members of the congregation are asked to bring a salad, type of bread, or a dessert to share. The youth will be preparing the stone soup.
There are many versions of the Stone Soup fable. This year we will be using the story written by Marcia Brown in 1947 and put to music in 1987 by Carol Kaplan-Lyss and Sandi Becker in “Stone Soup – A 'Rock' Opera.”
Donation envelopes for the Guest at your Table U-U Service Committee fundraiser will be collected during this service.
Service Leaders: Dr. Roger and Mari Kuhnle
Pianists/Accompanists: Reynaldo Budhi and Quinoa Soedsauer
Dave Boothe, flute; Sophia Doyle, cello; Kaiden Edwards, percussion
Children and Youth and Adults: will be singing villagers or soldiers
Narrator: Alex Taylor
Special Thanks to: Shanda Taylor, Brittainy Westman, and Dan Mattern
Preserving the Past - Being Attentive to the Present - Planning for the Future - Janice Carr - Sunday, November, 17, 2019
Sunday, November 17
“Preserving the Past – Being Attentive to the Present – Planning for the Future” – Janice Carr
Guest speaker Janice Carr will speak to the congregation about her work at the Gordon Community and Cultural Center in Abbeville, our recipient for November’s Share the Plate program.
Service Leader: Marty Fino
Music: Elsa Pfrenger
An opportunity to welcome new members, to learn about the history of UUCO, and to reflect on the values that unite our congregation.
Music - Quinoa Soedsaur and Reynold Budhi
“Attention is the beginning of devotion” says poet Mary Oliver. It is one of the pieces of living deeply, fully and well in this world. As we explore the monthly theme attention we will consider this in the context of our inner and outer lives.
Service leader is Andy Pfrenger.
Music: Samantha Simpson
Day of the Dead/All Souls and Saints Celebration - Greg Johnson, Service Leader - Sunday, October 27, 2019
Music: Greg Johnson and Shaundi Wall
Come celebrate life in this service on death! The first part of the service will be a celebration, featuring our Halloween parade. Watch for more details about this service!
Rev. Gail Tapscott will share some thoughts on how UUCO could move toward creating a community fostering deeper connections and a place of refuge away from both home and work - not just for our members but for the larger community.
Queer Mississippians and Stories of Belonging - Drs. Jessie Wilkerson and Amy McDowell - Sunday, October 13, 2019
Rev. Gail Stratton, Service Leader
Music: Quinoa Soedsaur and Reynold Budhi
Amy McDowell and Jessie Wilkerson will tell the story of how they are helping to create a LGBTQ public history project at the University of Mississippi. They will discuss motivations and what they've learned from doing this work.