A Hearth at the Heart

Our annual Chalice Sunday celebration takes place today, at the cross-quarter festival of Imbolc. We’ll hear about why we light a chalice at the beginning of our gatherings. In an embrace of our Pagan roots, we’ll call the directions and seek inspiration from Brigid, the triple goddess of ancient Ireland whose gifts of poetry, protection and fire arts we celebrate at Imbolc. And we will all light candles to fill our hall and hearts with warmth as the winter days slowly lengthen. The choir will sing Bach’s “Happy Flocks in Safety Wander,” because Brigid is also the goddess of domesticated animals.

Today we also support our neighbor and justice partner, AbilityPath, and hear more about their exciting work from one of their leaders, Soheila Mozayan. AbilityPath, like UUCPA, strives to make a world where people of all abilities are fully accepted, respected, and included.

If you are participating from home, you’ll want to have a candle, matches and candleholder on hand before the service begins.

Worship leaders: Reverends Catherine Boyle and Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Special music: Be’eri Moalem, violin

Follow along in the order of service, bit.ly/uucpa_oos_20230129.

We gather in person in the Main Hall, in person on the main patio, and via Zoombit.ly/uucpa_service_11am (it’s the same link we used to use for the 11 am service). In-person, we are distanced 3′ and masked for safety; proof of vaccination is required to enter the Main Hall. You may also sit on the patio if you prefer. Please sign in at the welcome table as you arrive, for the sake of contact tracing. To watch the service live on our Facebook page, visit: www.facebook.com/uucpa/live_videos.

Photo by Vadim Sadovski on Unsplash