Dark Moon Celebration

Are you traveling?  Caught at home during inclement weather?  Just content to be cozy at home?  To celebrate the dark of the moon alone or just with family, here are some things I do:

  • sit in the dark, fully aware of it, breathing it in, listening to my own feelings of anxiety turn to peace and then to wonder
  • name and welcome forces of darkness – that can be name of gods I have heard (Washer, Kali, Hecate for example) or natural phenomena (Night, Sleep, Death, dark matter) or human experience (stillness, sleep, sadness, mystery)
  • In my dark space, then I light a candle (I love candles in the snow!)
  • I tell a story of escape, success, or heroism that was made possible by the dark, moonless night or by deep shadows or fog.
  • Then, I try to look inside.  Some seeds germinate only in the dark – what is quickening within me now?  How can I nurture that possibility?
  • I like to have either art media or writing tools at hand so I can honor the thoughts that have come to me by responding to them.
  • I always thank the guides and stories and companions which have joined me.
  • Then I get back to normal time and space with some kind of food – water, pomegranate (with thanks to Persephone), mushrooms-and-onions, soup.  Of course vanilla ice cream with maple syrup, but that’s considered appropriate for all occasions!

Enjoy the Dark of the Moon, friends!  ~ Sparrow

January 21: Waking Up White

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

What happens when we take off the blinders that have kept us unaware of the depth of racism in our country, our community and, perhaps, even in ourselves. Several members who participated in the discussion of the book “Waking Up white” will share their insights and experience.

Simultaneous children’s religious education

January 7: Faith Without God?

10 AM with Rev. Patience Stoddard

Is it possible to be religious and not believe in God or the eternal soul?   Religious Humanists would say “Yes.” Humanism has been a dominant faith perspective of Unitarian Universalists for much of the last century. What are some of its core principles and how might they speak to our current situation?

Simultaneous children’s religious education

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.