While all North American UUs have seven principles that guide our choices and six sources that nourish our spirits, Canadian UUs also created five aspirations that help us grow. Back in October, I told you that I’d be writing about each of these. This month, our aspiration is Spiritually Grounded: “We seek transformation through personal spiritual experiences and shared ritual.”
December is quite the month here at FUUW for exploring how we can each move on a path seeking spiritual grounding.
Are you someone who likes to “do”, and finds comfort and renewal in accomplishing tasks with your hands? Join us on December 1st in the afternoon to decorate the Sanctuary and House, and help us make masks and props for the late afternoon Christmas Eve worship service. Another option is to sign up to help with after service hospitality each Sunday; the link for that is in our weekly email or you can contact Frances Edye directly.
We also have a number of different offerings for the holiday season when it comes to both worship and community, if those are the ways you care for your spirit. As usual, we will have a holiday pageant (December 16th). Continuing from last year, we will once again offer a Winter Solstice ritual the evening of December 21st, followed by the The Longest Night vigil. Night can be a difficult time for many people, for various reasons; the vigil will be a place for us to gather in community so no one need be alone.
And for those of you looking forward to our annual Christmas Eve service, attendance has grown so high that we have reached the point wherein we must split it into two. This also is allowing us to respond to a large amount of congregational feedback and provide two different experiences on Christmas Eve: the first service, at 5:30, will feature congregational hymn singing and full audience participation in our storytelling with props and masks; the second service, at 8pm, will be the more contemplative Lessons & Carols with our congregational choir. Both services will end with everyone singing Silent Night by candlelight.
And, to wrap up December and 2018, the December 30th worship service will be an exploration of meditation practices and what they can offer to our spiritual lives. Not only is meditation something that has been done by many different religious traditions for thousands of years, but Western science now has significant evidence of how it improves our brain and body functioning in addition to renewing our spirits.
There’s lots to explore this month, and I hope you’ll join us for one of more of our offerings. As the CUC aspirations say — this is one of the ways we grow, and growth is central to a Unitarian Universalist identity.
See you in church!