Rev. Myke Johnson

Hold On, Hold On!

♦♦♦ Sunday 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM ♦♦♦

The spirituals were songs born in slavery, to lift the hopes of the people, and guide them on a journey to freedom.  Today, as we reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior, we will explore the spirituals which were sung as part of the civil rights movement.  We will sing a lot, and draw inspiration for our own struggles for justice and freedom today.

(There will be a New Member Welcome Ceremony today.  Please contact Laura Burden if you would like more information on becoming a member of A2U2).

Each According to Their Understanding

♦♦♦ Sunday 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM ♦♦♦

On January 13, 2018, one of the world’s first statements of religious tolerance will have its 450th anniversary. In 1568, in the city of Torda, in what is now Romania, a religious gathering presided over by Unitarian King John Sigismund proclaimed:

“In every place the preachers shall preach and explain the Gospel each according to his understanding of it, and if the congregation like it, well. If not, no one shall compel them for their souls would not be satisfied, but they shall be permitted to keep a preacher whose teaching they approve…no one shall be reviled for his religion by anyone… and it is not permitted that anyone should threaten anyone else by imprisonment… For faith is the gift of God…”

Today we will explore this historic moment in Unitarianism, and its implications for our UU faith today.

Christmas Eve Services

♦♦♦ Sunday 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM ♦♦♦ Two evening gatherings with traditional carols and lessons and a ritual of candle lighting, to remember the essential message of Christmas.  All ages are welcome to attend. Our 6:30 service is child-friendly and includes a simple participatory telling of the traditional Christmas story.  (Children will be invited to don costumes as angels, shepherds & sheep!) Our 8:30 service is meditative and includes beautiful holiday anthems by the choir. There will be no nursery or child care.

Christmas Eve Morning Service

♦♦♦ Sunday10:00 AM ♦♦♦ We will gather on Christmas Eve morning for carols and readings and more carols, in the spirit of the holiday. There are thirty Christmas carols in our hymnal, and we so rarely get to sing many of them. Come join us for a joyful musical morning.   Children are welcome to be a part of the whole service. There will also be nursery & child care for those age 0-6, as needed, but no Religious Education classes.

The Freedom to Celebrate

♦♦♦ Sunday 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM ♦♦♦ Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, begins this year on the evening of December 12th. Today we will reflect once more on its important lessons about religious freedom, the purpose of holidays, and remembering how to be happy.

There Is More Hope, Somewhere

♦♦♦ Sunday 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM ♦♦♦ The old spiritual says it, adding, “I’m gonna keep on ’til I find it. There is more hope, somewhere.” One Sunday won’t be enough to explore our questions about hope—so today we will go deeper into the theme. Rebecca Solnit says, “Hope is an ax you break down doors with in an emergency.”

A People of Hope

♦♦♦ Sunday 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM ♦♦♦ What does it mean to be a people of hope? With everything happening these days, it feels like an especially pertinent theme. Vaclav Havel wrote, “Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the faith that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” Today is also “Bring a Friend to Church & RE Sunday.” Do you have friends who could use some hope?