Although hearing is the first sense we develop, even before we are born, listening and connecting by really hearing the deep truth of another person is a skill we cultivate through our lifetimes. Let us explore the various ways we listen, how our hearing can deepen connection, and how together in our listening and hearing we bring our creative power to the world.
Speaker: Rev. Margret A. O'Neall
Paths cross, roads meet, intersections are everywhere in our lives. None of us is just one thing, and so we find intersections as well in our identities. How do the intersections in race, age, gender, sexual orientation, body style, abilty and other elements of identity generate wider patterns of privilege and oppression in our society, and how can we be intentional in assuring equity and justice in all our complex diversity?
The fifth principle of our UU faith states that we affirm “the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.” In this nation founded on the democratic process, voter suppression has been used systematically to perpetuate the dominance of those in power. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 proposes to restrict state legislatures from passing bills that make it harder to vote, disproportionately deterring racial minorities from voting, and the Freedom to Vote Act of 2021 protects elections from partisan gerrymandering and voter suppression. Join us as we explore how these bills are vital to the protection of our democracy.
In the season of new beginnings, let us celebrate the birth of the universe, in all its stardust wonder, with all we know and all that still remains shrouded in mystery.
Our lives are filled with beginnings — the start of a new year, a new job, a new relationship — and every beginning implies an ending of what has gone before. So now, as we bid farewell to 2021 and prepare to learn whatever 2022 has to offer, may we re-commitment to possibility in our lives, and in the world.
Our voices lift to celebrate the season with caroling in the frosty air, in the beauty of the Labyrinth. In a tradition that dates back centuries, we will keep it simple, joining our voices in beloved music of the season. Music handouts will be provided, and candles for sharing the light. Everyone is welcome, please wear a mask, dress for the weather and bring your own chair if you want to sit.
In a season of darkness, we celebrate a season of love, bringing song and story to life the dark with our virtual Christmas Eve service for all ages. Gather on Zoom to enjoy the special pageant with our children and youth, along with readings, stories and music to brighten the season with love. Have a candle handy as we join across virtual space to share the light.
This is a Zoom-only service.
To hold a space of true gratitude in complex and challenging times requires intention, focus and a deeply grounded spiritual discipline. On this first day of Hanukkah, let us celebrate the miracle that is our lives, and explore how the gift of gratitude can enrich and enliven our days, our relationships, our lives.
This will be a Zoom-only service.
The darkness grows, day by day, as we enter the dreaming time of year. This is a mystical time, mystical and filled with possibility. Let us indulge our sense of wonder and explore the mystery as the dark invites us to explore.
Each of us has dreams of our own; some we keep private, and others we share with family and close friends, And then there are the dreams we hold in common with others, in community. In fact, one of the defining elements of a deeply connected community is the dreams we share, supporting each other in our individual dreams, and working for the larger dreams we can only achieve together.