What’s New 

Wishing You A Mindful New Year, Grasshopper 

Speaker: Jana Peirce Lay leader: Lisa Sporleder Music: Laurel Holmes

Do you have a checkered past with New Year’s Resolutions? According to statistics, 80% of the those who make resolutions have broken them or can’t remember what they were by Valentine’s Day. Buddhism can help. It offers us a way to remember what is truly important to us, without stepping onto the roller coaster of good intentions, disappointment and defeat.

Christmas Eve Celebration 

Silent Night. Join us for carols, stories, and fellowship as we celebrate Christmas Eve! The children will participate in a traditional advent spiral, setting a contemplative mood for the holiday. You are invited to bring cookies or other snacks to enjoy with cider and hot cocoa after the service.

The Best No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant Ever! 

Participants: Rev. Leslie, Molly Lemen, and the UUFF Players Music: Vera Alexander

Let’s celebrate Christmas with a joyful, impromptu pageant for all ages! Together well sing, laugh, and relive a story of hope and promise.

Winter Solstice Celebration 

Coordinator: Jana Peirce  Various participants  Music: Vera Alexander

Drawing on both Native American myth and pagan ritual, this non-traditional service begins in darkness with drumming and chanting and ends with the returning of the light as we weave together music and story to call down the sun. This is an intergenerational program, meaning that children of all ages are invited to stay for the entire service, which has been designed to appeal to all ages. Please join us as we get ready to mark passing of the winter solstice not intellectually or stoically, but joyously and experientially.

Another World is Possible 

Speaker: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails Lay Leader: Eric Muehling

The wisdom stories we tell during the holiday season speak to humanity’s millenia-long yearning for a world of peace and justice. What light can the ancient peoples who crafted the Torah and New Testament shed upon our present moment?

What physics can teach us about a UU conundrum 

Speaker: Mike West  Lay Leader: Rev. Leslie Ahuvah Fails

Compared to the major faith traditions of the world, the number of Unitarian Universalists is tiny. And yet our core beliefs, expressed through seven simple principles, are as inclusive as can be. How is it that a tradition with such broad aspirations can attract such a modest (if fiercely loyal) group of adherents? Should this be discouraging or is there a way to be empowered by our comparatively small numbers? What is our role in a world dominated by far larger religions? In this talk we will explore these questions and look to science for some parallels.

Music in the Woods with Emily Anderson 

Born on Third Base – Reflections on White Privilege 

Speaker: Eric Muehling Lay Leader: Laurie Walton Music: Marsha Sousa

We are not educated about racism in schools or mainstream culture. It can be difficult to acknowledge the privilege that comes with having been born a white American, so we may have a limited understanding of racism. Let’s explore white privilege more deeply.

Finding My Ministry 

Speaker: Lisa Sporleder  Lay Leader: Laurel Holmes Music: Marsha Sousa

Ministry is a loaded term for many UUs, especially when used outside the context of an ordained minister. Learn one person’s guidelines for what ministry truly is, and how her gifts align (or not!) with that reckoning

Transcendent Experiences 

Speaker: Laura Volmert Lay Leader: Hayden Nevill Music: Vera Alexander

Humans seek transcendent experiences in many ways, whether through religion, drugs, meditation, or a variety of other methods. This Sunday, we explore this longing for the transcendent, and the many ways it can appear in our lives.

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