Have you ever felt like social justice work was just one more item on your long to-do list? I’ll be honest; I have felt this way at times! We know how important these efforts are, and yet it can sometimes seem stressful and overwhelming to fit them into our busy schedules.
As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm the importance of promoting justice, equity and compassion in human relations. So how do we find the strength, the energy and the enthusiasm to help heal our communities and our world? I believe one answer is that we do this work in spiritual community together. By coming together as a community of loving hearts, we can transform this work into an activity that brings more joy and meaning into our own lives.
When we do advocacy and service work in community, it can reconnect us with friends and family and nurture our spirits. In the summer and fall at UUCB, there have been multiple opportunities to participate in fun and meaningful activities that have helped create a more just world. At monthly immigration vigils, we have offered healing prayers for those harmed by a broken immigration system. At the GRIP Harmony walk, we had the chance to meet our neighbors and walk together for an important cause. For the Bring Your Weight in Food Drive, children, youth and adults of all ages joined together to collect food to give to those in need in our community. In all of these activities, we shared laughter, smiles and the warmth of love.
This month there are many opportunities to promote justice and compassion in our world. Saturday January 5 is the monthly immigration vigil, from 11-12 at the West County Detention Center in Richmond. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21, we will have a service project open to people of all ages. Stay tuned for details! On Saturday January 26 at 5:30, families are invited to serve a dinner at the GRIP Souper Center. In this month and in the months to come, may we each find ways to bring healing to the world around us, and may our own hearts be healed along the way. May it be so.
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Sundays in December
December Worship Services
December’s Theological Theme: Divine Spark
Sunday Services at 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
December 1 - A Larger Covenant
Rev. Sarah Moldenhauer-Salazar, Linda Laskowski, and Rev. Sue Magidson
December 8 - Participation: Spark of Life
Revs. Bill and Barbara Hamilton-Holway, Merrin Clough, Director of Family Ministry, Youth and Children’s Choir and Luminescence Choir
Capital Campaign Celebration, Mitten Tree Sunday, Holiday Fair, and New Member Welcome!
December 15 - The Divine Spark in All Creation
Revs. Bill and Barbara Hamilton-Holway, Merrin Clough, Director of Family Ministry,
December 22 - Holiday Pageant for All-Ages: Stepping into the Christmas Story
Director of Family Ministry Merrin Clough, Revs. Barbara and Bill Hamilton-Holway
5:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Student Minister Zak Wear, Merrin Clough, Director of Family Ministry; Bryan Baker, Director of Music; Youth and Children’s Choir led by Michele Voillèqué, Youth and Children’s Choir Director
10:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Revs. Bill and Barbara Hamilton-Holway and family, Luminescence Choir, soloists, and Bryan Baker, Director of Music
December 29 - 10:00 a.m. The New Year of Every Morning
Student Minister Zak Wear and Kay Fairwell