SnowCap will be Sharing the Bounty with us
December 9, 2018
How to Be Socratically Religious: A Liberal Presbyterian’s Best Guess
Reverend John Hasenjaeger
Many religious liberals take Socrates as a model for how to be both morally serious and a critical thinker. But how might we make that a part of our being religious or spiritual? Socrates challenges us to examine ourselves and our beliefs, getting rid of whatever does not hold up to scrutiny, and following the rational argument wherever it leads us. But he also thinks a personal value we should aspire to is to be spiritual, religious, or even “pious.”Does that mean making a “leap of faith” to having passionate religious and moral convictions? Worship Leader: Cynthia Hopkins
Creating Home – John Murray
What is there more kindly than the feeling between host and guest? — Aeschylus
We consider hospitality through the story of John Murray, whose life might have been quite different, had he not been welcomed by Thomas Potter. We are hospitable and welcoming interchangeably; this story becomes a vehicle for examining the role and practice of hospitality in our family and faith communities.
Death and Dying
Although most religious traditions tell us that our spirits live on, scientific insights suggest this is not so; we really don’t know what happens when we die. Yet there are some who admonish us to accept our mortality, for not only does that make our lives sweeter, it helps us treat one another with kindness and justice.
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December 16, 2018
Thank You, We Love You, Now Follow Your Dream
Reverend Patti Pomerantz
Tis the Season to celebrate! On this her final day of work for Eastrose, we’ll celebrate our beloved Director of Children’s Religious Exploration, Debby Smith-Rohmbock. Join in this tender time of appreciation, leave-taking, and looking forward to what awaits our children in the coming year. Worship Leader: Joyce Helling
Creating Home – Our Worship Home
A place will express itself through the human being just as it does through its wild flowers. —Lawrence Durrell
Worship is an expression of faith. Our worship together as Unitarian Universalists is a communal expression of faith that plays a very important role in most congregations. For us, the place of worship expresses itself through the people who gather there.
Most of us resist giving up, letting go, surrendering. To do so makes us uncomfortable, not only because to surrender means to give up control, but also because if we surrender, we admit that we can’t do it all ourselves, nor do we have all the answers. It takes humility to surrender, but if we do so, we might find that in the end, we grow in heart and spirit.
Important Congregational Budget Meeting following the service. All members please attend!
December 23, 2018
The Magic of Trees: Celebrating Yule
Sue and Will Steward
Celebrating the Winter Solstice and decking the halls with evergreens are timeless efforts to bring light (and life) to the winter darkness in the Northern hemisphere. This is Yule in the Wheel of the Year. Will Steward practices the Feri tradition of paganism, and he will remind us that we are all connected . . . by human history, to this earth, and in this community. Worship Leader: Jan Apland-Curtis
Christmas Eve Eve
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. — John Quincy Adams
We can all be leaders. Bring your ideas — songs, games, and crafts — for fun with friends. Share your vision and let’s see what we can all come up with together.
During this holiday season, as we celebrate special days of our religious or cultural traditions, we can consider what it means to not simply honor the holidays or stories of our faith, but to live according to the values we learn from them. Maya Angelou said that she’s trying to be a true Christian, like being “a Muslim or a Buddhist or a Shintoist.” You don’t achieve religiosity, then sit back. “I’m trying to be a Christian in every moment.” How would our lives change if we tried, in every moment, to be the best person we could be?
Christmas Eve — December 24, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
Reverend Patti Pomerantz
Our annual family service will be full of music for all as we celebrate this remarkable hymn and continue our reflection on the gifts of darkness and light during the winter holiday season. Worship Leader: Sue Matranga-Watson
December 30, 2018
Pagan Roots, Christian Shoots: Liberating the Christian Metaphor
Reverend Dana Lynn Seaborn
Many of us have come to Unitarian Universalism from various Christian denominations as an escape from credos we find incredible. Can we look at the stories as true metaphorically, rather than literally? Can the stories and symbols help us to meet challenges and find meaning for our lives? Worship Leader: Reverend Katie Larsell
New Years Eve Eve
All things are within me, and on self-examination, I find no greater joy than to be true to myself.
Nothing is more appropriate than to seek after goodness. — Mencius, Confucian philosopher
What will you take into the New Year? What might you leave behind? A day for reflection and contemplation combined with the joys of being together and time to play!
Entering the New Year: Reconciliation and Starting Anew
All of us do things we wish we hadn’t. If we acknowledge our mistakes and seek to repair the damage, we have the opportunity to reconcile with those we have harmed. Of course, we can’t control another’s willingness to engage with us; it’s not up to anyone else to make us feel better about hurts we’ve caused. Still, the turning of the year offers us an opportunity to start again from where we are.
Our Sunday services begin at 10:30 a.m., and end at 11:45.
Coffee, tea, and conversation follow. On the first Sunday of each
month there is a potluck lunch for all.
Children attend the first 15 minutes of the worship service, then leave for their own program.
The Nursery is open for infants and preschoolers 10:15 – 12:15.
Led by Rev. Barbara Stevens, the Universalist Recovery Church invites you to share
readings and reflections that explore how the topic affects our lives.
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