Ellen Carvill-Ziemer is in the middle of giving an introduction about the history of Christmas celebrations for her homily "God In Between" when a rowdy bunch interrupt her to put on a play. Alex and Sarah Piotrowski, Bill Hudson, Hollie Brubaker, and John Youel perform. The play itself is adapted from one collected in Gander Kentucky in 1930 by Marie Cambell.
If God has been born in the flesh of a baby, just yesterday, how does the human community respond? Since Jesus' time, his life has meant something, often something quite radical, about how we are to live together and find God in between each other. Our Unitarian and Universalist ancestors have had much to say about this meaning of Christmas. This morning will be a bit of a romp from the carnival of medieval Christmases through the Victorian era to today - how have we and how do we incarnate God in between each other in this holiday season?
When his friends first encountered him after his enlightenment, this was the question they asked Buddha. He answered with four words. The first word was "No." We'll explore the importance of this answer and the next three words Buddha spoke, as we honor the Buddhist religious holiday, Enlightenment Day.
The idea of "incarnation" has not really taken hold in most Unitarian Universalist congregations; perhaps because of the human tendency to separate ordinary human experience from that which is considered divine or holy. This sermon begins the monthly theme of "incarnation" and will explore the places at which the divine and human meet. Music by West Shore's Free Spirit Band will include the song "When Soul Meets Body" by the band Death Cab for Cutie.