Reinventing Thanksgiving

We like to tell the story that Thanksgiving began in the fall of 1621. But actually Thanksgiving has been reinvented many times, sometimes including new people, sometimes leaving people out. We’ll imagine how Thanksgiving looked from the point of different people over the centuries. Today is an intergenerational service.
Music: Sara Kirton, violin

An Attitude of Ultimate Optimism

James Luther Adams asserted that while immediate optimism was unrealistic, “the resources (divine and human) that are available for the achievement of meaningful change justify an attitude of ultimate optimism.” We’ll take a close look at that claim in this final service on Adams’s tenets of religious liberalism. World AIDS Day is, strangely enough, an apt day for such an exploration. Music: Veronika Agranov Dafoe, piano

No-Rehearsal Christmas Pageant

We rejoice in the everyday miracles of the season, marking the winter solstice, telling the story of Hanukah– which begins tonight–and inviting all who wish to play a part to help make the story of Jesus’s birth come to life. Special music: Larry Chinn, jazz piano

Winter Solstice Service

Join us at UUCPA in the main hall on this longest night of the year! Our simple ceremony lasts under an hour, and is followed by abundant food – (cheese, dips, pies, nuts..) and also hot mulled wine and hot cider. Just come – food provided. Our solstice ceremony includes meditative music, readings, and all of us lighting candles to celebrate the return of light. We conclude by burning a yule log outdoors in our fire pit. Children and adults are welcomed, we can all enjoy sharing a fire and some food on a dark night!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, Tuesday, December 24th, Main Hall, 6:30 & 8:00 pm. We welcome Christmas with stories, carols and special music, and candles. Come sing the familiar songs that are always powerful, and experience the magic of candlelight in the darkness. A small, sweet gift will be given to all of the children. Special music: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe, Liz Russ, Richard Heydt, Florence Haas, and others

At Home, Afar

The day of Epiphany is a day of paradoxes. It is a celebration of home and yet it is all about travel: the Magi’s pilgrimage to Bethlehem, and Jesus and his parents’ flight for their lives. Although it is (in the western Christian tradition) the twelfth day of Christmas, it is about gifts, not that we receive, but that we bear and bestow on others. Let’s begin the new year with a reflection on this ancient holiday and what it tells us about home and belonging. Special music: Mayan Dolev, classical guitar