December 31: Celebrate the New Year in Poetry

10 AM with Dr. Ed Greenlee

Join us for a relaxed worship service on December 31, 2017 at 10 am. We will share poems, experience meditative silence, and listen to a short message on Henry David Thoreau whose 200th birthday was celebrated earlier this year. Everyone is invited to participate in our service. Please bring one meaningful poem to share. We will also have some poems on hand so that everyone who would like can share in the reading.

Dr. Ed Greenlee is the team leader for the Worship Arts Program at First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia. Ed earned certificates in Unitarian Universalist Studies and Multi-Religious Studies from Starr King School for the Ministry, as well as a D.Min. from the New Seminary for Interfaith Studies (New York and Maryland). Ed is an ordained interfaith minister.

Simultaneous children’s religious education

 

December 24: Two Services!

10 AM Intergenerational Christmas Service with Pageant – Sparrow F. Alden and Rev. Patience Stoddard.

All are welcome in the stable – from little lambs to wise ones bearing gifts, please come as  you are in this story for all ages.  Yes, dinosaur footy pajamas are fine.  So are stars.  We will use our beloved carols to tell the story of the Nativity.  No rehearsal, no telling who will make it to the stable!

6 PM Quiet Candlelight Service

We will read from the gospel according to Luke, sing the soft hymns, and wonder about the Miraculously Ordinary Story of a Baby.

Pick-up choir rehearsing at 5 PM, join us!

December 17: Two Services!

10 AM  Solstice and Christmas: Radical Images of Equality~Rev. Patience Stoddard Simultaneous children’s religious education

6:30 PM  Celebrating the Solstice~ Please join Patience and Sparrow for a Winter Solstice observance to turn the Wheel of the Year.  Chants and some gentle movement will honor the sun’s standstill and return.  If there is snow on the ground, we might have a snow labyrinth, so please wear your warm boots.  Feel free to bring your own short readings or songs to share.

 

December 3: Great Expectations

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

The Advent season is often described as a time of expectation and hope, but there are differences between these two attitudes. Expectations can be attached to specific outcomes, often leading to disappointment. Hope is not as defined by time or specificity and has room for set-backs and struggle. How do we stay hopeful in this difficult time?

 Simultaneous children’s religious education

November 5: Choosing, Not Chosen

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

Unitarianism and Universalism share a rejection of of the concept that only people with certain beliefs are “chosen.” Instead, we stress the importance of individuals and communities being empowered to choose what they believe and the values they live by. What does it mean to be a “chooser”?  In today’s world?

Simultaneous children’s religious education

October 22: The Why of Restorative Circles

10 AM ~ led by the Restorative Circles group

Last May, a group of eight from the UUCUV attended an all-weekend training event in the skills and methods of the Restorative Circle method of conflict resolution.  Communities in conflict join in a circle to speak and be heard.  The powerful question “Did I hear you right?” makes this format an exercise in mutual respect and understanding.

The Restorative Circle Facilitators Group, which meets monthly to practice their skills, will lead a service on the history of Restorative Justice, the plan behind the circles, and what we see as a method of conflict resolution which honors the inherent worth and dignity of all persons.

Come hear about multi-partiality and practice reflective listening with us!

Simultaneous children’s religious education