Advent and Winter Solstice celebrate darkness and light as spiritual realities and forces in life. How might traditions of being present in darkness be a source of strength for us in our times? Do such ancient rituals have relevance in the 21st century?
In Unitarian Universalism we dedicate children where other traditions may use baptism. Join us today as we welcome a number of children into this faith community and tradition, followed by reflections by Rev. Antonia and three congregants on the spiritual gifts of a child’s presence in our lives.
What are the stories of our culture and how do they shape us? What do we do when our ‘true’ stories turn out to be flawed? Where do we find strength and inspiration to recover from our broken dreams and find hope again?
Eddy Carroll will explore our Universalist fore-bearers and their emphasis on hope. He will share his story of growing up gay in a large Irish Catholic family. Surviving the AIDS crisis while losing family and loved one to the illness. How being able to turn to our hopeful UU message and having the love and support of the UU community was essential to his health and well-being. Finally he will share how it feels to have people make assumptions about him simply because they find out that he is gay.
Exactly how do we recover and heal? How do we know it’s happening and what does it feel like? A panel of UUFCO members share their experiences of the road of recovery, inside and outside the 12 Step programs. Coordinated by Chandra Smith and featuring special music.