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THE FOREWORD - December 2013
(Part One: Spiritual --- listing Sunday worship activities, religious education for all ages & Notes from the Minister, or visit our entire monthly newsletter)
Upcoming Sundays: Services at 10:30 am
December 1 - Westley's Way Jerry Kent will be in the pulpit to lead service and present his Preaching by Parishioners sermon (as Rev. Art will be away). Do animals know more than we think? Join Jerry as he follows a Feline Guru around the interdependent web in search of the origins of morality.
As humanitarians from the UU Church of Amherst, we want to respond to the tragedy in the Phillipines from Typhoon Haiyan. The Economic Justice Committee has asked the board for a plate collection on December 8 (Make checks payable to UU Church of Amherst, note "typhoon" in memo section). ~Pat Burke
December 8 - Transforming Scrooge Rev. Art Severance. Perhaps one of the most famous and beloved Xmas stories (outside of the Bible) is “The Xmas Carol,” by Charles Dickens, a British Unitarian! Using a recent psychological approach to the story, we can explore the various meanings we might find in it today, especially considering the church is going through tough financial times!
December 15 - Father Christmas, Santa, Thor, Coca-Cola, and a Desanctified Saint Rev. Art Severance. Outside of the birth narratives in only 2 places in the New testament, (Matthew and Luke) these are elements which form contemporary Xmas characters; add them up and you might find the sum of myths of the season, and why even UU’s have Xmas Eve Services! I’ll also explain the “X” in Xmas (hint: think algebra).
December 22 - Intergenerational Xmas/Solstice Service Rev. Art Severance and DRE Victoria Crago. RE will present their annual Holiday Pageant, “The Light of Life.”
December 24, Christmas Eve - Rev. Art Severance in the pulpit for both services.
4:00pm Family Service/Candle Lighting; 10:00pm Candle Lighting Service.
December 29 - "Am I a Reintroduced Native?” Angela Warren. Join me as I explore connections between faith, social justice, and the field of horticulture.
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Minister Emeritus: Rev. Maureen Q. Thitchener
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