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Rev. Maureen's Musings -- December 2017

It’s definitely looking a lot like Christmas (or the holidays, if you prefer), at UUFG these days. Mega thanks to Kirsten Flamand and her glamour* of elves, and of course to former UUFG member Beverly Haynes who was kind enough to donate her wonderful nutcracker collection to UUFG. [Click "Read more..." to continue]

Today, December 17, we’re learning about a real-life story of a friendship between a young Jewish boy and an African American woodcarver. If you have time, check out Elijah Pierce (1892-1984) on line, and see some of his remarkable – and now extremely valuable – art works. It’s an all ages service, with something for everyone.

Next Sunday, December 24, is, of course, Christmas Eve. We’ll take a lighthearted look at the season during our 11 am service, including learning some of the ways 19th century Unitarians contributed to shaping what are now taken-for-granted aspects of the holidays. We’ll also have the joy of celebrating the dedication of a young child, the daughter of Mike and Josh Wagner. Children and youth begin the morning in the Sanctuary, then move on to a season-based Children’s Chapel with Heather Arata.

PRO TIP – you might want to brush up your memory of the words of Clement Clark Moore’s poem, “The Night Before Christmas” before next Sunday. Why? Ah, that would be telling!

Also next Sunday, you are invited to bring your family and friends at 6 pm for our annual candlelight service. With readings from the Talmud, the Qu’ran and the Christian scriptures, our approach to the season might be called “traditional with a twist.” It’s a very special evening, that many people say helps them center down and really enjoy the deeper meanings of the season. Bring a plate of finger food or cookies to share after the service, as we wish each other all good things for the season and the coming year.

With much love,
Rev. Maureen Killoran

*According to Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, the collective noun for elves is “glamour.” Unless, of course, you’re talking about Mirkwood elves, in which case the collective noun is a “suspicion.”

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