Chalica 4, Advent 4, Solstice, HumanLight, Christmas, Hannukah - As we celebrate so many holidays and holydays this week, we remember and celebrate the Fourth Principle of Unitarian Universalism. This principle: "A free and responsible search for truth and meaning" calls us not to be isolated and self-centered, believing that our single perspective trumps all others, but rather to be humble, to be open to the great mysteries of truth and meaning that life offers. And those mysteries may speak to us through our own intuition and experience—but also through tradition, community, conflict, nature, and relationships.
"Rejoice that with the sun, we are reborn.
Small candles against the dark, yet before them flees the night.
Turn, turn again toward the Sun and shake off Winter's weary hold.
Bleak death cannot command the Light.
The Dance, released, begins anew; we return once more to life."
Celebrate the winter solstice with quiet singing and a special candle lighting ceremony among fresh greens. After the service enjoy holiday treats and happy conversation.
With the gift of freedom comes the responsibility to practice “justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.” How can we, together, be part of the solution in a world marred by injustice, fouled with inequity, and absent of compassion?
As we begin our celebration of Unitarian Universalism’s Seven Principles, and recognition this season of so many holidays and holy-days dedicated to light, freedom, and change for the better, Chaplain Walker invites us to reflect on witnessing to the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person, acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations, and a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We are committed to promoting these values for both members and friends, for both adults and children.
Today, we invite those members and friends who are the primary religious educators of children in their care (and children old enough to understand) to reaffirm their commitments in a ceremony of Child Dedication.
In addition, we will recognize those adults and youth who have become members of the Fellowship in the past six months.
Please see Chaplain James Gibbons Walker for additional details.
"Beware of finding a Jesus entirely congenial to you." - The Jesus Seminar
How one sees another is often a function of how one sees oneself and one's needs. Chaplain James Gibbons Walker shares slides and narratives which capture the changing representations and changing understandings of Jesus of Nazareth from the 1800s to the present.
Commissioner Gajdys, member of the Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs and Mohawk elder, will speak on Native American culture and spirituality. During his lifetime of travels, he met and worked with indigenous people in the United States and all over the world. Commissioner Gajdys is also a storyteller and has agreed to share that talent with us. Our 1st - 8th grade Religious Education classes will join us for this service to celebrate November as Native American Appreciation month, and anticipate Maryland's Native American Heritage Day, celebrated on November 25. We will also kick-off our annual Guest at Your Table program.
Lifting our voices, remembering our songs. Which hymn from Singing the Living Tradition is your favorite? And why? Please let Marianna Nystrom know in person or e-mail (email@example.com) the hymn you would like included in this service.
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Sunday Services: 10:30 a.m. at the Hollywood Recreation Center, 24400 Mervell Dean Road, Hollywood MD 20636
"I have a dream that ... little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Marching onward, together.
(UUs at the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, August 2013)