Let's not make 2020 the year of hindsight, but one of foresight, where we take real actions on the things that need doing. Raina Woolworth will talk about the University of Montana programs, climate action plans, her role in climate action, and what Missoula is doing in terms of climate change. Hopefully, we'll find some actionable points to bring to our own community.
With much of the Holiday season behind us, we will look toward what we want to leave behind in 2019 and what we want to bring into our lives in 2020 as we face a future that is sure to be full of surprises and challenges. A Fire Ritual is planned.
In this service, with the wonderful Linten Singers as our musical guests we will hear stories of Hanukkah, Christmas, Solstice and some less well known celebrations. We will enjoy guided reflections to contemplate our own holiday memories and expectations. This will be a great way to prepare to face whatever the season decides to throw at you. We hope one of our offerings will fill you with awe.
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!