Sunday, December 16, 2018, Winter Solstice Service - Religious Education with Rev. Margie Allen

Join us for this year’s creative iteration of our intergenerational celebration of Yule, plus our beloved Mitten Tree and Twelve Days traditions. You’re not a UUFSB UU until you’ve hoisted “6 geese a-laying” or “10 lords a-leaping” a few times.

Friday, December 21, 2018, Special Vespers Service Celebrating the Winter Solstice (Yule) - 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Tea and sweets following

Come join other singers, listeners, players and readers as we gather in the sanctuary on the longest night of the year to honor the darkness of winter and encourage the sun on its long journey back towards us. Terry Keevil on oboe and duduk is our featured instrumentalist, Donna Demian on piano, and Maureen Shaiman, serving as our song leader.

Our Vespers services are contemplative worship experiences designed to be accessible to anyone of any faith, within or outside our congregation. The order of service includes chants and short songs from a variety of religious traditions sung in a variety of languages with multiple repeats; intervals of instrumental music; three short readings; a ten-minute meditation in relative darkness; a candle lighting and light gathering; and a shared benediction. Share a spacious hour in which to slow down and connect with yourself, with others, and with a light- and song-infused liturgy of seasonal warmth and peace on the Yule solstice. All ages welcome.

December 23, 2018, "Miracles" - Rev. Margie Allen

In 1820, six years before he died, Thomas Jefferson produced a cut-and-paste version of the Bible from which he removed all content he considered “contrary to reason,” including all the miracles and the resurrection. Are there miracles in your story?

December 24, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. "Bearing Witness" - Rev. Margie Allen

Featuring our Unicorn Choir and children’s focus, a traditional recognition of the birth of the Christian messiah, the Jewish reformer, the Muslim prophet, our Wonderful Counselor, The Prince of Peace. Readings, carols, and candles.

Christmas Eve Service Reception: Please consider bringing your favorite holiday treats (cookies and finger food only) for all to enjoy at the reception between the Christmas Eve services. Bring your contribution the evening of, or, if you won’t be attending, whenever you can, appropriately labeled, please.

December 24, 2018, at 9:00 p.m. "Bearing Witness" - Rev. Margie Allen

Featuring our own Dorothea Cook (violin) and Peter Winkler (piano), much like the earlier service, a little quieter. Readings, carols and candles. All ages welcome.

December 30, 2018, "Living Unitarian Universalist Principles" - Caitlin Corrigan-Orosco, Worship Leader

Our Unitarian Universalist congregation practices seven Principles, which serve as the values and moral guides for our daily life. When communities find themselves broken by the toxicity of hatred...where do we go? Are there no walls cultivated and nurtured with love and compassion that can withstand violence? The violence among us, the hatred within white supremacy, the brutality in terrorism near and afar has no place here.

In light of the political climate and the suffering around the world, we search for truth and meaning. And faith illuminates our paths, and promotes a cultivation of love and justice, and we are guided to live out our UU principles.

Caitlin Corrigan-Orosco, a member of the UUFSB since she was 9 years old, will share her journeys abroad from Taiwan, India, Spain, England, Switzerland, and Australia. As the youngest and only American on the International Political Science Association Research Committee: Migration and Citizenship, Caitlin will offer insight into how her faith has encouraged her to work in the community and support people near and afar.

January 6, 2018, "Chasing Perfect" - Rev. Jude Geiger, from UU Fellowship at Huntington

In some ways, spiritually is about living our ideals; yet ideals are rarely ever fully reached. In the crush of everyday worries and responsibilities, and life's thousand imperfections, how do we stay grounded?