What an odd church! What an awed church! People come together from every walk of life, every faith or philosophy tradition, every race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. We gather from many identities that can isolate us in the larger communities and find that here, all of who we are is welcomed. Let us celebrate the inclusive nature of our faith!
No matter what holiday you celebrate, this is a time when the juxtaposition of the sacred and secular feels sometimes blatantly opposed, and sometimes quite blurred. The word “sacred” points to something dedicated as “holy” or “whole-y” and “set apart.” This year, we invite you to a spiritual journey of seeing all things pregnant with the possibility of the holy. What could your holiday season experience be like if you lived it looking through the kaleidoscope of the sacred? Join us as we explore this theme through songs and narration.
This year we are altering our traditional service of Carols and Candles slightly, as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of our signature Christmas Eve Carol: Silent Night. Join us as we reflect on the power of this hymn through the ages as well as address our longing for stillness and peace in our world. As always, we will light candles as we sing this beloved hymn.
As we joyfully celebrate the returning of the Sun and the lengthening days and look to a new year of possibilities, this is a season of saying “yes” to life. This is a season of noticing the flourishing and abundant life all around us. This we do instead of focusing on what isn’t working.
Saying “yes” to life offers us the opportunity to see the assets that create possibility and that create new ways of flourishing together in this world. Over the next five weeks we will explore the leading causes of life and how we can say yes to them.
December 30, 2018-January 27, 2019
Join us as we celebrate our annual Stone Soup Sunday. Minister Emerita, Rev. Dr. Ellen Johnson-Fay, will bring us an inspiring message of how community creates life in this first Sunday of our theme, Leading Causes of Life. Everyone is invited to bring something to share in a meal following the service. We will also be having Stone Soup!
This Sunday we will explore how finding meaning and purpose is a leading cause of life for us as individuals and as a faith community. We will also celebrate Fire Communion as a way of setting our intentions for the new year and letting go of things that we no longer need.
Join us as we celebrate Founders Day and our 128th birthday! What better way to explore how the blessings and actions of the generations before us can be a leading cause of life for us today.
On this special Sunday as we commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we will explore how our actions and witness for social justice can be a leading cause of life—not just for us, but for those on the margins.
We wrap up this series on Leading Causes of Life with a message on Hope. Hope is definitely a major cause of not just surviving but thriving in this life we lead. Join us as we find ways we can hope, regardless of our circumstances.