1. Happy Holidays!! We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!  Last time we met, we enjoyed our visitors from Osireion of the pagan tradition who offered a service for community healing.  Everyone’s openness and receptivity to the event and your willingness to share about it  during and after the service are greatly appreciated.  Tomorrow we will join together for our holiday meal following the service.  We will also be decorating the Christmas tree.  Please check in with Marla if you would like to sign up to bring something to the meal.  Our service will focus on the theme of hope and light following along with the themes of numerous faith traditions within this season.
  2. Our annual Christmas service will be on Sunday, December 18 at 11:00am, which will be another wonderful time to share together as a church family.
  1. Please remember that Spirituality Group is the 2nd Friday of each month at the church at 7:00pm for about an hour and a half. If you have a topic of interest or something you would like to present, please let Ernest know.
  1. A Unitarian Universalist holiday tradition that we are going to experience together is Chalica.  org/worship/holidays/chalica on the UUA website & chalica.blogspot.com/p/history-of-chalica.html offer lots of info about ideas on how we might incorporate the Seven Principals into our daily lives and keep them in our awareness.  Chalica is a UU holiday that celebrates each of our Seven Principles – one a night, for seven nights. The celebration begins on the    first Monday of December (December 5, 2016) and is marked by the lighting of a chalice each day (or evening).  Our service on Dec. 11 will be about Chalica.  Please plan to join in!!

Ideas for taking part include lighting the same chalice each night or have 7 different chalices or one for each member of the family or a chalice with seven lights or whatever works for  you.  Each day represents a different UU Principle, and a chalice is lit each day or evening.   Info from http://chalica.blogspot.com/p/days-of-week.html has the following ideas for what you might say or do for each Day:

Monday: We light our chalice for the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Give gift(s) to honor those you do not understand / agree with / like.  Examples:   a thank-you card celebrating differences, words of forgiveness / apology, a peace offering such as inviting someone to diner, help someone in need

Tuesday: We light our chalice for justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Give gift(s) to honor those in your local community that are less fortunate.  Examples:   spend time in a soup kitchen, donate clothes to a worthy organization, display kindness and care to those around you, take part in a political demonstration at city hall

Wednesday: We light our chalice for acceptance of one another & encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations. Give gift(s) to honor fellow UUs & their spiritual journey.  Examples:   a chalice / book / hymnal, extend words of peace or forgiveness to a fellow UU whom you may have hurt / not understood in the past, offer / take part in an event at your church / with your congregation church potluck

Thursday: We light our chalice for a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Give gift(s) to honor another tradition, to honor education.  Examples: offer / take part in an event that celebrates another religion / tradition, teach someone something you know and love, learn something new from someone else, give a book / read a book

Friday: We light our chalice for the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Give gift(s) to honor democracy.  Examples:  help a political party, write your government, help a committee at church, host a dinner / party to celebrate democracy

Saturday: We light our chalice for the goal of world peace, liberty and justice for all. Give gift(s) to honor our global community.  Examples:  volunteer with an organization that has global influence, write a letter for amnesty international, help your social justice committee hold a fundraiser, donate to a cause such as UNICEF, Doctors without Borders, etc.

Sunday: We light our chalice for respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Give gift(s) to our earth and/or its creatures.  Examples:  start a compost, recycle bottles and cans and donate the money to an environmental / animal aid society, rescue an animal from a shelter, hold an outdoor worship service (dress warm/bonfire)

Nice ideas to ponder.  See you tomorrow!!