Our Better Angels – Christmas Eve

Angels make many appearances in the Christmas story– what might they mean for us today, and what might they be telling us? Story Part I – The Angel Gabriel Comes to MaryGospel: Luke 1:26-38Reflection: Rev. Christina Leone-TracySong: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (verse 1) Story Part II – The Angels Appear to ShepherdsGospel: Luke 2:8-20Reflection:…

Frederick: A Winter Solstice Celebration

Reflection by Ali Peters, intern ministerReflection by Rev. Christina Leone-TracyThe celebration of the winter solstice– the darkness and return of the light — is a time-honored tradition here at the Fellowship and it will continue this year on Zoom. We’ll hear the sweet story of Frederick the mouse, and celebrate the winter together.

For Each Child That’s Born

by Rev. Christina Leone-Tracy“Each night a child is born is a holy night,” wrote UU Sophia Lyon Fahs. Join us as we enter the holiday season honoring the children among us with a special ceremony of dedication. We will also hear stories of holiness– in all the ways that word means ordinary hardship and frustration…

The Gift of Nothing

by Rev. Christina Leone-TracyThanksgiving has passed and we have hopefully each given thanks for whatever is good in our lives. Now, as we turn to the winter holidays with all the expectations of shopping, giving, and receiving, we wonder how we might find joy in presence (not presents). We are in our worship season of…

What do you need?

by Rev. Christina Leone-TracyHow is it that we come to know what we need? How does the world make this task harder for each of us– by convincing us we don’t need anything, or we need what we want, or by denying us the basic needs that make survival and thriving possible. Being clear about…

Listening Deeply

by Rev. Christina Leone-TracyThis Sunday follows a big national election where voters will have decided who their leaders will be, locally and on the state and federal level. We anticipate big feelings, no matter the outcome and whether or not we know the results by Sunday. The spirit of resilience, especially in anxious times, calls…

Waiting to Embrace You

by Rev. Christina Leone-TracyEach week when we met in the sanctuary, our closing words ended with the phrase, “knowing that we wait to embrace you upon your return.” We’ve tweaked those words just a bit during this pandemic (“we embrace each other, even now, from a distance”), but we are still waiting for the moment…

Embraced By Our Ancestors

Reflection by Rev. Christina Leone-TracyAs Halloween approaches, we remember those who came before us in life and have passed on to whatever happens after death. This will be an interactive service geared toward people of all ages. Many cultures have ways to honor their ancestors– what might our ancestors hope for us? How might our…

Growing Resilience

by Rev. Christina Leone-TracyThis year we are “digging in” to an exploration of resilience—what it means to grow ourselves and our community to be sources of life, even when things get tough. Join us as we launch our annual theme, “Growing Resilience,” and continue to explore new ways of being together even as we need…

Mingling of the Waters 2020

Reflections by Leah Thibodeau and Rev. Christina Leone-TracyOur annual celebration of Water Mingling is going to feel different this year. “Coming together” is hard when we’re apart, but the metaphor of the water-carrier who brings the water from the well, and the broken pot that leaks it into the world, is still as true in…