On this holy night in the Christian tradition, a family traveled many miles to reach a land where they would be safe. During this Christmas Eve service, we will explore the similarities of immigrants then and immigrants today and how we can offer aid to those today when there’s no room in the Inn. Peak Performers, our Mission Peak choir, will perform.
Speaker: Rev. Jo Green
In times of old, pagans and other cultures rejoiced at the coming of Winter Solstice and celebrated the Goddess Moon energy. It was an appreciation of the shortest day of the year and the recognition and celebration that the days would once again lengthen. During this Yule service, we will learn about the mystery and sacredness of the return of the Sun during these long winter months.
If God did come down to Earth, if there was a God, would they look like us? Do we actually see God in each other? If not, how can we see the Divine in every human being? This month Mystery is our theme and we will explore how Divine and Holy Entities have given hope and faith to so many in times of need, how it has failed, and why humans search for a Divine Presence in their lives.
In this holiday service we will examine gratitude, how we feel when we have it, how we feel when we don’t. Can gratitude really bring us joy in times of sorrow or pain and is there a difference when we have gratitude with how we live our lives? In this service before Thanksgiving, may we all join together to share our gratitude and search for ways to bless the world with our gratefulness and sense of peace and harmony.
Our theme this month is mission, the mission of this congregation, of Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation. What is our mission? And do we choose to accept it? Do you still belong if you don’t? This Sunday we will explore what the mission of this community is and we will also rejoice in those new members officially joining us this morning in our Ingathering Service.
This Sunday we will honor those in our lives who have passed away and yet are still in our hearts. In the tradition of Dio de los Muertos, we will learn of the Mexican tradition of honoring the dead and ask that you bring those photos of loved ones you wish to remember. Also if there is a food your loved one loved, bring that to share as that is part of the ritual. This service recognizes the cycle of life and how we are all a part of it.
Our theme this month involves taking a look at who we are. This congregation is doing much work to determine that identity to secure the best fit for this congregation with their future minister. How do you see yourselves? What are your strengths and challenges? We will explore some of the results of the work you did in Appreciative Inquiry last June.
How do the intersections of race, sex, gender, ability, class and age intertwine in the systems our culture propagates? How does the intersectionality many of our fellow humans experience differ from ours? This Sunday we will explore how we can challenge these systems of oppression to allow the full expression of each individual.
St. Francis of Assisi in the Catholic tradition is the patron saint for ecologists, known for his love of animals and nature. His feast day is October 4 and in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, we honor his intent and dedication to the earth in God’s name. We will have an outdoor service this day and all are welcome to bring their animals, a picture of them or can name them during the service. It is a blessing to have our animal friends in our lives.
Today is Bring-A-Friend Sunday and on this last Sunday of our monthly theme of Individual Identity, let us explore those inner selves we sometimes hide from ourselves. How can hiding something from yourself not only harm you, but harm others? Let’s explore how inner reflection can not only help us to grow, but to thrive emotionally, physically and spiritually