Program Year Services are held on Sundays at 9:00 and 10:45 am.
December 2 Inherent
by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Our first UU principle says that we honor the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Let’s talk about that word, “inherent,” and what it means for this principle which is easy to say and hard to live. A special guest from World Relief will join us to share how they used our Greater Good gift from last year’s holiday season.
December 9 Still Small Voice by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
This morning we will settle for an hour of reflection and exploration of the gift of silence, especially as we hustle and bustle at this busy time of year. Let’s take a cue from the trees and rest, together, listening to our still small voice within.
December 16 Good To Be Seen by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Our nation incarcerates more people than any other country, when measured any number of ways. We have created a system that strips people of their worth and dignity in the name of perceived safety. We will explore the power of seeing and acknowledging those people that our society has thrown out, through prison ministries and penpal programs.
December 23 (4:00 pm) The Return of the Light by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy
Join us for an afternoon service for all ages of darkness, light, and a story from neo-pagan lore to remind us of the power of nighttime and the hope for the returning sun.
December 24 (4:00, 7:00, and 9:00 pm) Heavenly Peace
by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy, Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg, and Rev. Jim Coakley
This evening we will re-tell the Nativity story, focusing on the earthly message of hope for a world transformed to peace. We’ll also honor the 200th anniversary of the classic carol, Silent Night, as we celebrate with our annual candle-lighting tradition. 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm are family friendly, and 9:00 pm is adult-focused and will include a Transylvanian Christian communion.
December 30 Would You Harbor Me?
What does it mean to harbor someone? Is it as simple as giving home or shelter or is it much deeper than that? Having an open heart and love for the other that needs a roof over their heads? In this service of four voices, we, Fellowship members Heather Westley and Katie Reiser, director of congregational life, Marie Luna, and leader of the Winnebago Worship Group of Friends (Quaker), Marijke van Roojin, will share our perspectives on different ways we all may harbor someone in our lives.
January 6 Turning of the Year by Rev. Leah Hart-Landsberg
This annual service honors the year that has just ended. By naming that which has occurred in 2018—who has been born and who has died, who has become family to one another, and other important and scared milestones—we prepare for 2019. When we look back, we ready ourselves for the year ahead and all it might hold. Join us for a time of reflection on the past, present, and future, in our own lives as well as the life of the Fellowship.