The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Southern Maryland and the Patuxent Friends Meeting join in a candlelight Christmas Eve service at the Meetinghouse, 12175 Southern Connector Boulevard, Lusby, MD 20657-2856.
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.
This special service will celebrate the return of summer, the beauty of the diversity among us, and the importance of defending and preserving freedom and dignity for all. Each person in the congregation will add a flower to our community bouquet at the beginning of the service and will take a different flower home at the end, representing one spiritual community of many individuals.
The British scholar Dr. N.T. Wright has written, "When Jesus himself wanted to explain to his disciples what his forthcoming death was all about, he didn't give them a theory, he gave them a meal." The climax of the Emmaus resurrection appearance story is "Then they described what had happened on the road, and how they came to recognize him in the breaking of the bread" (Luke 24:35).
Whatever we think of resurrection, whatever we think of Christianity, a shared meal and shared stories at a common table can be a sign of the presence of the Divine. Chaplain James Gibbons Walker will share thoughts and ask questions about what this sign can mean for us.
Please remember to celebrate by wearing a special hat for the Easter Hat Parade. And please plan to stay after the service for the Easter Egg Hunt.
Chalica 2, Advent 2, Hannukah 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?
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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)