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November 26 "Impact of Discrimination on Trans People" – Guest Speaker: Juli Grey-Owens

People who do not conform to gender-based stereotypes, or whose gender presentation or identity differs from the one usually associated with their anatomical sex, often experience persistent discrimination and harassment. We will discuss what causes transphobia and the effects of an environment where gender-expansive people must hide who they are or face the consequences of family rejection, loss of employment, housing and other public services. We will explore why those who are brave enough to be “out” regularly face violence and mistreatment, and what can be done to stop this indefensible situation.

December 3 "Simplicity: A Belated Happy 200th to Thoreau" – Rev. Margie Allen

He’d have turned 200 years old this past July 12th, a summer baby who grew up to be a perpetual inspiration, his cabin on Walden Pond a “can’t-wait” destination for every group of Boston-bound UU Coming-of-Agers. We’ll stop there too.

December 10 “Homeward Bound” – Rev. Margie Allen

Some quiet in the holiday rush. A good story. A chance to rest, to remember where you are going, and who you love. Dan Weymouth and Ron Kagel and friends reprise our 2010 Sunday morning playlet from The Wind in the Willows, featuring Mole’s holiday homecoming and Rat’s kindness.

December 17 Winter Solstice Service – Rev. Margie Allen and RE

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.

December 24 at 10:30 a.m. “Find the U in C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S”  Rev. Margie Allen

YES, we have three services on this Sunday, starting with this one. Don’t see a “U” in C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S? I’m going to help you.

December 24 at 7:00 p.m. “Gifts” — Candlelight Christmas Eve Service”  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.

December 24 at 9:00 p.m. “Gifts” — Candlelight Christmas Eve Service”  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.

Terra Nullius: On Being Erased