January 5: Labyrinth Service
Service Leader: Ellen Allman
Join Ellen Allman for a service of reflection and celebration using the labyrinth. As we begin a new year come and walk the labyrinth, it can be a religious experience or just a fun thing to do.
(If you are able to help with set-up the day before, please speak with Ellen).
Share the Plate: Springfield Warming Shelter
January 12 at 10 a.m.: Voting Rights/Civil Rights
Service Leader, Diane Kemble
What a long journey it has been from George Washington’s election when only 6% if the population was eligible to vote to today when there are still threats to voter eligibility. This summer marked the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Voting Rights was and still is an essential part of the Civil Rights Movement. These issues directly relate to our beliefs as Unitarian Universalists, especially: The inherent worth and dignity of every person; Justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
January 19: The Inspired Idea vs. Humility
Service Leader: Serena Andrews
Within each of us are the seeds of our own inspired ideas. Ideas are a beautiful gift, quite unique to humankind. However, many of us have been taught to show modesty and humble characteristics, as a sign of respect and awe for our amazing universe and the powers that be. But, to whom does one ask permission to act boldly on an idea bigger than oneself? This talk examines our internal boundaries when inspired ideas blossom within.
Souper Sunday after the service!
January 26: Beauty
Service Leader: Miriam Meserve
The appreciation of beauty is what makes life wonderful. Join me in considering what beauty is and how to see it in places you wouldn’t expect.