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    Thanksgiving:

      Gratitude as a Spiritual Practice. Do you think There is a calmness to a life lived in Gratitude, a quiet joy? In the hurried pace of our lives today do you know people who have achieved or are trying to achieve calmness and quiet joy? How have they changed their priorites and the life choices they make? – Sunday before Thanksgiving. Themes can include gratitude for loved ones, gathering the family together, breaking bread together, Native American perspective on the holiday, Puritans, remembering those less fortunate. Some congregations celebrate bread communion at this service. This ritual can include the breaking and passing around of bread throughout the congregation. Congregants eat the bread, or feed it to one another, while being led in a reflection about gratitude, sharing and being together in community.

    "What is religion?"

      Today we will consider and discuss, "What is religion?" This is one of the Great Questions of Life.

    A Memorial Service

      Examples of Readings, Poems, music, and prayers to celebrate life. Links to additional readings.

    Child Dedication and Naming Service:  
      Our children will live in the world we leave them. They will live with the problems we have not yet handled. We can't tell them how to live in that future. But they are learning from us right now. What values, what passwords do we as a religious community need to transmit to them that will give them the tools they will need?

    How We Welcome Our Children An explanation of the the ANCIENT RITES and rituals of passage and their history that are used today by UU's and interfaith, intercultural couples to welcome and give thanks for our children. CEREMONIES OF HOPE and Child dedications

    YOM KIPPUR Probably the most important of Judaism's high holy days, the culmination of the Days of Awe , that begins with Rosh Hashanah. It was established in Leviticus 23:26-32. "Yom Kippur" means "Day of Atonement." It is a day set aside to "afflict the soul," to atone for the sins of the past year. Themes of our service include repentance, reconciliation, asking for forgiveness. "Atonement" can be broken down into: "At-one-ment", implying that when we forgive and are forgiven, we are brought back into relationship with one another.

      Dates of Yom Kippur are
      • Jewish Year 5773 : sunset Tuesday, September 25 - nightfall Wednesday September 26, 2012
      • Jewish Year 5774 : sunset Saturday 13 September 2013- nightfall September 14, 2013
      • Jewish Year 5775 : sunset October 3 2014- nightfall October 4, 2014
      • Jewish Year 5776 : sunset September 22, 2015- nightfall September 23, 2015

      The Way With No God:   Atheism As A Religious Path.    

        "God" is only a name we give to one way of trying to describe the experience that comes when we are, to describe it simply, ''mysteriously filled; when we get past our distractions, illusions and pride, to the reality upon which existence itself is founded. Reality is a gracious gift; the eternal surprise that there is anything instead of nothing, and that the anything includes us and our awareness.

       Being Religious in the Twenty first Century   

        How do we define religion? Can there possibly be some form of spiritual religion consistent with today's non-supernatural understanding of reality?

      Winter solstice:   

        Welcome the Return of the Light. If it seems that the holidays are more synonymous with stress than with celebration we invite you to pause amidst busy holiday preparations and purchases to contemplate the most basic of our needs and wants—warmth and light in a simple ritual with your beloved community.

      Martin Luther King:   

        Forty years after his last and most radical address to the Souther Christian Leadership Conference, the question on which Martin Luther King Jr. centered his talk was "Where do we go from here? " This subject continues to haunt anyone troubled by the progress of racial justice in this country. And so we raise it again today.

       Friendship

        The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to us when we discovers that someone else believes in us and is willing to trust us. "To Make a Friend, you must be a Friend" What is Friendship ?

       Earth Day

        Living our Seventh Principle. The original Earth Day was on the March equinox. MARCH 20, 2012 is still the International Earth Day. In many countries Earth Day is April 22, 2012.

       Is Nature Your Spiritual Home    A Celebration of the Spring Equinox

        Bisexual. gay. lesbian and transgender people:Find a welcoming place with Unitarian Universalist Congregations: We support Freedom to Marry and Marriage rights for all.

      Hiroshima:      

        We Will Not Repeat This Evil An interfaith Worship service to discuss what can we, as individuals and as a covenanted community, do to plan for the achievement and maintenance of a nuclear-weapon-free world. Remember those killed in the bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki and those affected by its aftermath. All who were injured or killed in conflicts like young Sadako, all who are now in harms way, including soldiers on all sides of the many conflicts that our small blue planet is now enduring and especially the innocent civilians affected by these wars, all killed, injured or grieving because of acts of terrorism.

      Flower Communion Service

       Our Fathers on Father's Day:

        Our traditional Father's Day Service where you are invited to bring a photograph or some object that represents your father to share with our small congregation. Fathers and Grandfathers may also share stories of fatherhood.

      Our Work, Our Selves:

        A Celebration for Labor Day People often ask "What do you do?" What if the focus was not "what you do", but "how it is done"? What would change for you?

      Sharing the Water of Life: A Water Communion

        All life comes from water. Life started in the ocean, where it began to take its many and amazing forms. Babies are cradled in water before they are born. Everything that lives needs water, from the smallest plants to the largest whale. From the beginning of history, humans have built their homes and their lives around water. Today we celebrate water, which connects and nourishes all life. The beginning of the church year for our congregations is called homecoming. Some congregations include the Water Communion ritual in this service. This ritual involves members and friends who have brought small amounts of water to the service, taken from special places they have been over the summer. The water might be collected from a rainstorm or is significant or symbolic in some way. They can pour the water into a large bowl and tell the congregation where it is from and the meaning it has for them. Other congregations bring into the sanctuary items of significance to their own history. The chalice, a banner or wall hanging, the covenant, hymnal, a Religious Education Book, or crayons, even a coffee urn. What ever symbolizes the regathering of the community.

      October 4, Feast of St. Francis of Assisi ,

        World Day for Animals, bless pets, bring photographs of pets, even stuffed animals, blessing animals out of doors. In our list of moral principles we respect the interdepent web of all life,cherish our mother earth. We meet together to pray for Animals

      LiturgicalCalendar

           A calendar of commonly celebrated occasions in Unitarian Universalist congregations. There are congregations that may not celebrate many of these events. There are also occasions that are important to some congregations but which are not listed here.

      A Holiday Service When is Enough, Enough ? Spiritual Celebration for Christmas:

        In the busy holiday season, let us remember the true gifts of the spirit. Let us feel the blessing of community and the sweet expectation of good things to come. And now we extinguish our chalice but not the light of hope: hope for change that brings new blessings into our lives and the lives of those around us.

       Big Rocks: Setting Our Priorities A Religious examination of our values and our priorities.

      The Reality of Religion

        A religion of realities is a faith that the real world provides sufficient beauty, adventure, and growth for our needs and aspirations. We are real creatures in a real world; only if we miss the splendor of this world do we need fantastic substitutes.

      On Love  A celebration of St Valentine's Day and allday filled with love.

       On Trust 

        Trust is like any intensive agricultural crop. It must be carefully sown on fertile soil, fiercely defended against the vagaries of climate and pests, and appropriately harvested, making sure to separate the chaff from the grain, keeping the grain and burning the chaff. It does not do to throw a seed behind our backs as if it were a pinch of salt, and embrace the wishful thought that luck will favor us.

      Summer Solstice

      Random thoughts on Joy