December 22: Solstice Candlelight Service, 5 pm, followed by a High Tea
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 2020. Each person will light a candle of love and hope for the New Year.
December 31: “Words of Hope, Songs of Peace: New Year’s Eve Vesper Service for Peace” 5 pm AT THE CHESTER UU
The interfaith Peace Choir will sing for peace in the coming year at our third annual New Year’s Eve Vesper for Peace – Words of Hope, Songs of Peace. The candle-light service includes anthems, poetry, meditation, hymns and chants, and special messages by visiting clergy of multiple faiths including Rev. Mellen Kennedy. Held at the First Universalist Parish, 211 North St, Chester, VT. Located on Route 103, 1 mile north of Chester’s village. 802.875.3257
December 1st: “What if? The Power of Open and Honest Questions” with Charis Boke. None of us get through life without encountering difficulties alongside our joys. When we witness others, or shepherd ourselves along our own life path, one of the most powerful things we can do is to ask open and honest questions. Today we will reflect together on what it means to open to the unknown as a powerful teacher.
December 8th: “Rumi: Poet for Our Times with Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy In preparation for Rumi’s Urs on Dec. 17th, we’ll gather to hear his poetry, sing or chant and listen to stories about his inspiring and challenging life. Rumi was a 13th century Sufi poet adn mystic. He grew up and lived in a time of turmoil and his insights speak so clearly to our time. Join us for a celebration of Rumi. You’re invited to bring your favorite Rumi poem to share if You’d like.
December 15th: Creating Holiday Traditions with Sharon Mueller At this darkest time of year, many spiritual traditions have, over the centuries, provided ways to celebrate. Whether ancient or modern, what traditions have touched your life, brought you joy? Let’s look at those we hold to, those we can let go of, and new ones that create joy and good cheer.
(After the service and Souper Sunday lunch, everyone is invited to join in decorating our tree, one of our own traditions!)