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December 2018 Services

Our theme this month explores What Does It Mean to be a People of Mystery?

 

December   2     “Leaving Room for Mystery”

Rev Jonalu Johnstone speaks.  The limits of certainty–about the universe and about ourselves–do not doom us.  The unknowable and inexplicable are always with us.  Though reason may fail in the face of mystery, we can come to see it as a gift.  Drawing on the insights of Transcendentalists and mystical scientists, we consider how we find comfort in what is beyond our knowing.  How do leave room for mystery?  Elke Lorenz at elkelorenz9@gmail.com, convenes.

 

December   9     “Emerging Out of Mystery”

Rev Jonalu Johnstone presents this reflection.  Where do we come from?  We come from the stars. “Each night a child is born is a holy night,” wrote UU religious educator Sophia Lyon Fahs.  We come from mystery.  How do we reawaken our connections with the mystery from which we proceed?  Convener is Katie Kingery-Page at kingerypage@gmail.com.

 

December 16     “Listening for Christmas”

Rev Jonalu Johnstone shares.  Each year the magic of the holidays comes to us in a different way–in the music, or in the starlight; in the smile on a child’s face or in the peace of falling snow; in a traditional story or a reconnection with family and friends.  Where do you find Christmas spirit this year?  Convener is Tom Phillips at twp1@ksu.edu.

 

December 23     “Things Look Different in the Dark”

Join Rev Jonalu Johnstone to consider the darkness.  Our culture, reliant on visual cues, often privileges the light.  The shadows of darkness open us to metaphor and poetry, to storytelling and dreaming.  Mystery is alive in the dark.  At this solstice time of year, we consider the gifts of darkness.  Convener is Christian Gilbert at kansasgilbert@gmail.com.

 

December 24      Christmas Eve Service

Join Rev Jonalu Johnstone at 7 pm, on Monday, December 24.  We often sing “We Three Kings” at the holidays–but who were the three kings, the magi?  On Christmas Eve, we will playfully explore the legend of the magi through an adaptation of a script developed by UU minister Erika Hewitt, reimagining the story to include their wives, who also make the journey to Bethlehem.   All ages are welcome.

 

December 30     “The Human Mystery”

Rev Jonalu Johnstone guides this exploration.  Perhaps the universe is too big a mystery to grasp.  What about our human existence?  Mind, body and spirit combine in marvelous unexpected ways to make us who we are.  We’ll consider the human mystery in the midst of the larger mystery.  Convener is Jimmy Bridges at jimmybridges8@gmail.com.

 

[Archive of Service Summaries and Audio Files]

Previous monthly themes –

March 2017   What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Risk?
April 2017      What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Transformation?
May 2017       What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Embodiment?
June 2017      What Does It Mean to Be a Community of Joy?
Sept 2017       What Does It Mean to be a People of Welcome?
Oct 2017         What Does It Mean to be a People of Courage?
Nov 2017        What Does It Mean to be a People of Abundance
Dec 2017        What Does It Mean to be a People of Hope?
Jan 2018        What Does It Mean to be a People of Intention?
Feb 2018        What Does It Mean to be a People of Perseverance?
March 2018   What Does It Mean to Be a People of Balance?
April 2018      What Does It Mean to be a People of Emergence?
May 2018       What Does It Mean to be a People of Creativity?
June 2018      What Does It Mean to be a People of Blessing?
Sept 2018       What Does It Mean to be a People of Vision?
Oct 2018         What Does It Mean to be a People of Sanctuary?
Nov 2018        What Does It Mean to be a People of Memory?