December 30, “Fire Ceremony” with JoAnn Gaffron-Hargrove, 10 am Our traditional Fire Ceremony will help us prepare for the New Year. After a reflection on “Our Attitudes toward Time”, we will use the cleansing fire to rid ourselves of those things which burden us and we wish to be rid of for a new start. Then each of us will write a list of intentions for the New year and seal them is a self-addressed envelope. This will be returned to you in the fall of 2019. Each person will light a candle of love and hope for the New Year.
CANCELLED: December 2, “Love the Hell Out of This World,” with Matt Meyer, 10 am
A special service, “Love the Hell out of this World,” with drummer Matt Meyer will be held at the Meetinghouse on December 2 at 10 am. When the culture around us doesn’t encourage us to our best selves, how do we model the kind of world we want to live in? Matt will reflect on the good and bad of middle school, the time he picked the very best costume for a high-stakes 5th grade costume party, & how we find the skills for beloved community.
Matt is a musician and community organizer who has led hundreds of services for UU congregations across the country. He has a degree in hand drumming and has studied abroad in Cuba, Ghana and Central America. Matt serves as Director of Community Life for Sanctuary Boston and is a founding resident of the Lucy Stone Cooperative in Roxbury.
December 9: “Stories to Live By” with Deb Diegoli, Tina Feindel and Toni Streeter
Stories can inspire, teach, help, challenge and heal. Deb,Tina and Toni will each relate a story of her own. As time allows, we’ll share a brief story from member(s) of the congregation. A discussion on the topic will follow Souper Sunday.
Souper Sunday lunch sponsored by the Caring Committee follows the service. Cost: $4 for members and friends; free to newcomers
December 16, “The Shakers Shook and So Can We” with Rev. Mellen Kennedy and Shems & Walia Guillow, 10 am
Throughout time, dance and spirituality have been closely linked. Let’s explore this connection keeping in mind Alice Walker’s observation that “Hard times call for furious dancing!” The service will include some Dances of Universal Peace.
December 23, “Solstice Candlelight Service” with Rev. Mellen Kennedy and the Springfield Community Chorus, 5 pm Come join us for warmth, song, story, laughter, candlelight, friendship and silence. Winter is upon us and at the very same time, the light is returning! We gather for our annual celebration and hope You’ll share this magical tradition with us. The Chorus will sing some beautiful pieces for us. The service is followed by High Tea. Please bring your favorite finger food, savory or sweet, to share. All welcome.