Worship Leader Christie Anderson and Worship Associate Lori McGee – There is a battle among American Christians between the literal and metaphorical interpretation of the Bible. Although many Unitarian Universalists are not part of this conversation and do not give much attention to the Bible, Rev. Melissa’s Bible study class sparked an interest in Christie. She shares her yearlong wrestling with the Bible and poses a challenge to Unitarian Universalists.
Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer, Director of Religious Education Karen Lapidus and Worship Associate Trish McLoughlin – Before you celebrate with your own rituals and traditions, come celebrate Thanksgiving with your church community. The choir is preparing special music, we have a wonderful story to share and everyone is invited to break bread together. Please consider bringing a loaf of bread that symbolizes your family’s heritage to share during our communion.
Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Dani Beale – This past summer a conversation unfolded in the pages of the UU World magazine about Unitarian Universalist culture. What is it? How does it reflect our values? What does our culture communicate about belonging? This morning as we welcome and celebrate the newest members of our congregation, it seems a good time to reflect on the journey of what makes a house of worship a home for the soul?
Rev. Melissa Carvill-Ziemer and Worship Associate Eric van Baars – For Hindis, Jains and Sikhs, Diwali is among the brightest celebrations of the year. The mutli day festival is a time to welcome in the new year, give thanks for the harvest and rejoice in the victory of good over evil. There are many legends and myths explaining the origins of Diwali. This morning we will learn about some of the stories and rituals and consider what resonance this annual reaffirmation of hope might have for our own lives.