Yearly Archives: 2015

December 27, 2015

9:30 a.m. — Adult RE: What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalists – Session 6: Narrative Ethics

This is the sixth of a ten-session intermediary course designed for UUs seeking to follow a faith of deeds, not creeds, by focusing on the moral and ethical questions that arise in life and explore ethical frameworks to help sort through a dilemma. In this session, we will examine the life of Harvey Milk and how our consideration of our own stories and those of others helps guide our ethical and moral choices.

10:30 a.m. — Coffee Fellowship: Hospitality Team

Kwanzaa11:00 a.m. — Service: Intergenerational Kwanzaa Celebration – led by Baba Asante and Lisa Dunn

Join us as we celebrate Kwanzaa honoring the seven cummunitarian principles of African Heritage, or Nguzo Saba:

  • Umoja (Unity): To strive for and to maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (Self-Determination): To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility): To build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems, and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics): To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (Purpose): To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (Creativity): To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (Faith): To believe with all our hearts in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

NOTE: All children and youth are invited to attend the entire service.

12:30 p.m. – Lunch Bunch – Join us at a local restaurant for food and fellowship!

December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve6:00 p.m. — Christmas Eve Service – led by Jim Becker

Join us for a candlelight service as we hear the story of Jesus’ birth, sing songs, and share holiday cheer and remembrances of past Christmas! You won’t want to miss this lively tradition! NOTE: We’ll have light refreshments available. You are welcome to bring treats to share.

Don’t forget, we’ll be collecting donations of socks, mittens, and non-perishable food items for Stewpot Community Services!

December 20, 2015

9:30 a.m. – Forum: Cosmos, led by Laura Walizer

Join us for another episode of the critically-praised and award-wining series presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson using a storytelling approach to share current scientific knowledge about our world and the universe and the people, fueled by wonder and skepticism, who gave us these theories and discoveries.

10:30 a.m. – Coffee Fellowship

hanukkah11:00 a.m. – Service: Holiday Sermon, led by Rabbi Jeremy Simons

This Sunday we will continue our celebration of light in the face of darkness by exploring the meaning and rituals of Hanukkah.

11:00 a.m. – Religious Exploration:

  • Chalice Children (ages 3-6): Love Surrounds Us: Our Search – The Chalice Children will learn about our 4th principle which encourages us to search for what is true.
  • U.U. Kids (ages 7-12): UU Identity – The UU Kids will explore the people, ideas, and events that have shaped Unitarian Universalism.
  • YUUth (ages 13-17): Merchants of Doubt – The YUUth will watch and discuss a documentary examining pundits-for-hire who pass themselves off as scientific authorities on topics such as toxic chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and climate change.

Childcare is available from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – Monthly Potluck

Please bring a dish of your choice to share with others. You can sign up at: Perfect Potluck.

December 13, 2015

9:30 a.m. — Adult RE: What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalists – Session 5: Natural, Legal, and Human Rights

This is the fifth of a ten-session intermediary course designed for UUs seeking to follow a faith of deeds, not creeds, by focusing on the moral and ethical questions that arise in life and explore ethical frameworks to help sort through a dilemma. In this session, we will examine the TN Valley UU Church Shooting and how our understanding of natural, legal, and human rights guides our actions.

10:30 a.m. — Coffee Fellowship: Hospitality Team

11:00 a.m. — Service: Annual Intergenerational Winter Holiday Celebration – led by Dary Shenefelt with support from the Chalice Children and U.U. Kidswinter holidaysJoin us for our annual intergenerational service celebrating the many winter holiday traditions! We’ll have special musical performances by Elise Morse-Gagne, Maureen McGuire, and Baba Nalls, as well as the Chalice Children, who will lead us in singing “Jingle Bells.” The U.U. Kids will present The Christmas Spider, a Szopka Puppet Play from Poland, and, with Harper Golden-Brown as Sankta Lucia, lead us in the traditional Nordic ceremony centered on the struggle between light and darkness (with treats for all!). Everyone will have an opportunity to share a favorite holiday memory, including Ranjan Batra who will share memories of Diwali in India. You won’t want to miss this lively tradition! NOTE: All children and youth are expected to participate in the service.

Don’t forget, we’ll be collecting donations of socks, mittens, and non-perishable food items for Stewpot Community Services!

12:30 p.m. – Lunch Bunch

Join us at a local restaurant for food and fellowship!

NOTE: The Board of Trustees Meeting has been CANCELLED for this month. The next meeting will be held January 10, 2016. If you have any questions or issues to share with the board, please contact our Trustees Joe Clayton and Jermaine Hicks.

Child care will be available for infants and toddlers from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.