Weaving the Past into the Future

December 27, 2015

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by Holly Mueller

Intern Minister

In the breath between Christmas and the New Year, we are suspended between the rush of shopping and cooking and the auto-pilot normalcy of January. If we listen in this moment of quietness, we can hear pains, joys, and questions that call to us from the past year. What do want to learn from and then let go of? What do we want to treasure and carry with us? What threads from the past do we wish to weave into the future?

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Solstice Season, Simple & Sacred

December 20, 2015

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by Reverend Wayne Arnason and

Layne Richard-Hammock

Director of Lifespan Faith Development

The Wheel of the Year is ever turning. The Winter Solstice sabbat marks the official beginning of winter and also the shortest day of the year. Solstice is simple to understand: because of the earth's tilt, on this day the Northern Hemisphere is as far away from the sun as it can be. Therefore, the first day of winter has the least amount of sunlight. As we explore some of the stories and lore of the season we move from the simple to the sacred. We’ll enter into the mystery of the turning of the seasons and visit the “Root Children” and Mother Nature as they travel the Wheel of the Year from Solstice to Solstice.

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ANNUAL HOLIDAY CHORAL CONCERT

December 13, 2015

A Ceremony of Carols

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by Benjamin Brittan

featuring the West Shore Choir

David Blazer, Director and

Calvin Stokes, Harp

Benjamin Britten’s hugely popular Ceremony of Carols was inspired by his discovery of "The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems."

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Inside Voices

December 6, 2015

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by Reverend Kathleen Rolenz and

Reverend Wayne Arnason

Even as we enter the inward-turning season of winter, we find the lights, the socializing, the shopping and the overall intensity of the holiday season to challenging any desire we have for inner quiet. Drawing on their different spiritual practices, the co-ministers will reflect on what we find when we try to be quiet inside, and how our “inside” can be anything but quiet when we slow down enough to listen. We’ll introduce you to Urban Hope during the worship service with a brief video and a special chance to connect with this unique community. Urban Hope serves as an ur-ban outreach for our area Unitarian Universalist churches: a way for all of us to become an active presence within the inner city, not just provide services from outside.

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