Jeff Witmer, Brian Warren, Caitlin Chapman
Where joy hides and how to find it–Ingrid Fetell Lee
Cherry blossoms and rainbows, bubbles and googly eyes: Why do some things seem to create such universal joy? In this captivating talk, Ingrid Fetell Lee reveals the surprisingly tangible roots of joy and shows how we all can find–and create–more of it in the world around us.
Remember: We are no longer having follow-up Wednesday night discussions.
Trusting the Darkness
Rev. Mary Grigolia
In this season of waiting, explore the joy of ‘not yet’ – relaxing and being held in these last days of deepening darkness. What cycles are coming to completion in you, around us? To stillness?
Explore Aspects of Joy
Rev. Mary Grigolia and Zellda Zelley
“Joy doesn’t simply arise, it flies, it flings.” “Joy is hard; it requires vulnerability. It’s worth the work and so are you.” Joy is in all – in you; in us, together; blessing the world, sharing the joy.
Dec 24, 5 p.m.
Celebrate Christmas Eve Together
Marianna Carney, Lara Lillibridge, Emily Williams & Rev. Mary Grigolia
Join us for a hybrid service reflective of the current time with traditional and updated carols and readings, ending as always with the lighting of candles and singing Silent Night. Come to the historic Olmsted sanctuary or attend via Zoom.
Our Christmas Message: Joy to the World
Members of the What Would Jesus Do? Covenant Group
Christmas is a sacred holy day for many Christian believers. It celebrates the birth of Jesus, which most Unitarian Universalists accept as a historical fact. Often UUs have celebrated Christmas as the winter renewal of hope. But the historical roots of our founding religions, Unitarianism and Universalism, came from Protestant Christianity. Both religions embrace the concept of universal love and ethical behavior as taught by Jesus, while separating from Christian doctrines such as the trinity, hell, and immaculate conception. A minority of UUs identify as Christian UUs. Others relate to Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, or Humanism, or identify as Agnostic or Atheist. So how can we integrate Jesus’ teachings into our own evolving and inclusive spirituality, while welcoming members and visitors of all faiths?
This service will be held at Olmsted UU, and will be available via Zoom. There will be no watch along event at OUUF.