A virtual service led by Kathy Kerns and Worship Associate Randy Bish.
It feels at times like we are living in a culture of critique. While feedback from others can help us grow, it can also wear on our souls and even keep us from expressing ourselves. As we embark on a new year, how can we help create a culture that allows everyone’s light to shine?
A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Heidi Shaffer.
Kate R. Walker writes: “In between, liminal, that space where we wait. To stand on the threshold, waiting for something to end, and something new to arrive, a pause in the rumble of time.” As we find ourselves in the space between, waiting for the old year to end and the new year to arrive, with its promise and possibilities, we will share our hopes and dreams for 2021 with songs, stories and rituals.
A virtual Christmas Eve service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associates Kathy Kerns and Heidi Emhoff-Wood.
There is a poem by James Agee that says: “Sure on this shining night of star made shadows round, kindness must watch for me…I weep for wonder” As we welcome Christmas once again, we will tell stories and sing songs about the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. Together we’ll reflect on the beauty and wonder of this special night and share the light of love and hope with one another.
A virtual service led by Director of Religious Education Colleen Thoele and Sandy Eaglen.
Who will come to Bethlehem on Christmas morn to kneel before the newborn baby king? One small fish from the river with scales of red, red gold. One wild bee from the heather. One gray lamb from the field. One ox from the high pasture. One black bull from the herd. One goatling from the far fields.. And all the little children. Join us for our annual all-ages pageant as we tell the Christmas story with music and poetry through the eyes of the animals who may have been there.
A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Diana Van Winkle.
Our Soul Matters theme for December is “Stillness”. The hymn “Find a Stillness (#352 in Singing the Living Tradition) promises that if we seek and let the stillness carry us, we will find true harmony. As winter approaches and the earth settles in for a time of stillness and rest, we are invited to seek out stillness so that we can gather energy, gain new clarity, and be called back to our humanity.
A virtual service led by Rev. Steven Protzman and Worship Associate Camille Pavlicek-Fauser.
What if the gift we most need this year is time for stillness? A time to reflect, a time to remember, a time to grieve the year’s losses, a time to simply sit and be and let go of the busyness of this season. This special Vespers service at 7 pm will be a meditative service that will provide space for grief, for reflection and remembering, for taking the time to simply be and seek out healing stillness.
A virtual service led by Elaine Bowen and Lori Mirkin-McGee.
Even though they occur at the same time of year and involve an exchange of gifts, Hanukkah is not, and never has been, the Jewish version of Christmas. A minor holiday of the Jewish calendar, Hanukkah celebrates the second dedication of the temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean revolt as well as the miracle of one day’s lamp oil lasting for 8 days. We will share an interpretation and experience of Hanukkah through our UU lens.