Guest Minister Rev. Dr. M’Ellen Kennedy
Much controversy is stirring about the Muslim tradition of women’s wearing of a head scarf or veil. What is this about? How do we balance religious tolerance and women’s rights? What do we make of this as westerners? How does this connect with other traditions and habits fo dress? Let’s explore this charged topic together. You’re invited to bring a scarf, or hat to the service if You choose.
Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy is a Unitarian Universalist minister and also a Sufi minister. She serves as minister for the UU Churches in Springfield and Washington, Vermont. She is founder of “Peace and Unity Bridge,” (PUB), an organization dedicated to cultivating friendship and understanding among Muslims and non-Muslims. PUB was funded in part by a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Fund for Social Responsibility. (www.peaceandunitybridge.org). She is also co-founder of the UU Small Group Ministry Network.
10 AM with Rev Patience Stoddard and Sparrow Alden, CRE. All will worship together this morning. We’ll create sacred space with music, share the story of the Star Bear, and consider the lessons to be drawn from the longest night of the year.
Christmas Eve 4:30 – All welcome, especially little animals in pajamas, to re-enact the story of Christmas with songs and a story. We need angels, shepherds, anyone who likes to sing along with the stars!
Christmas Eve 6:00 – A;; welcome to this quiet and contemplative candlelight service. We will sing carols, hear scripture, and consider the perfectly ordinary story of a baby.
Christmas morning – We will be continuing our annual tradition of visits to two area nursing homes this Christmas Morning. We will be at Brookside Nursing Home in Wilder at 10 AM and at Hanover Terrace at 11 AM. Please join us at either one or both! We will be bringing cheer and companionship to the residents and no singing talent is required!