Dec 2, 9 & 16 Time Out for Calm
During the holiday season (Dec. 2, Dec. 9, and Dec. 16) Reba Montera is offering a time out for meditation at her house on Saturday afternoons from 2 to 3. No registration is necessary, people may come and go as they need to, and beginners to meditation are welcome. Call Reba with any questions.
Dec 5 Dining Out
Dining Out will be at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 15, at Aqua Reef Restaurant, 141 N. Roadrunner Pkwy. (North of Lohman) Please sign up by Wednesday, December 13, or send email to DiningOut@uuchurchlc.org.
Dec 21 Social Justice Film Series
Hablamos Espaňol will be shown in the church library at 7 PM in Dec. 21.
This film profiles Nashville’s Hispanic community and looks at Nashville’s status as a new destination city for refugees and immigrants. It explores the rich diversity of people now calling Nashville home. Across the United States, mid-sized cities are experiencing unprecedented growth in their international populations. Together these communities are redefining the traditional international city on a smaller local scale. As our new neighbors rebuild their lives in Nashville, their experiences, contributions and conflicts impact the city, but they are challenged by isolation and barriers unknown to many Nashvillians. How Nashville addresses its changing demographic will be important for the future of similar communities across the country.
The Season of Advent for Unitarian Universalists of All Ages
What is Advent?
Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning “coming”.
Many Unitarian Universalist congregations have chosen Advent as a time to engage our families in the actions and ideas behind the original meaning of Advent.
Candles and Wreaths: An evergreen wreath with five candles placed around the wreath frames the Advent ritual. The traditional four candles of Advent often have specific colors.
Blue-represents hope and waiting
White-represents the Christ child for Christians. For us it also represents peace.
A Unitarian Universalist Ritual for Advent
Gather five candles and choose an area of your home where your Advent candles will not be disturbed. Use a wreath or not to frame them and add a centering chalice candle for our Unitarian Universalist faith. The following set of wondering questions are meant to encourage you and your beloveds into conversation and mediation. Feel free to add, change or otherwise make this your own.
Links to coloring pages and other resources for Advent; https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/advent-colouring-pages and www.supercoloring.com/coloring-pages/advent and http://www.coloring-life.com/en/adult-coloring-pages-1018-en-advent-calendar.html
The 1st week of Advent is about hope
- What does hope feel like to you?
- What are you looking forward to? Why?
- Hoping sometimes means we are waiting for something to happen. What are you waiting for?
- What if, in addition to hoping, we worked to make it happen?
The 2nd week is about embracing our Universalist theology that all people deserve love
- What does it meant to be loved? How do we know that we are?
- When someone harms us or those we love, how can we forgive and still say that person deserves to be loved?
- For those of us with young children around the table, ask them to show you what love’s looks like? What can we do as a family to show what is inside our hearts?
The 3rd week in Advent is about joy
Remember your three year old self? Have you ever had a dog or other pet? Have you ever been moved so profoundly by happiness that you felt as if you could fly? This is what experiencing joy can be.
- How does joy come to into your life?
- How many ways can we bring joy into our lives?
- Pay attention, be ready, in this season of Advent, joy may found almost anywhere.
The last candle is lit on Christmas Day and is meant to light the way for peace
Peace, the quiet dark nights in December, the feelings of goodwill to all, the lull as we wait for the New Year to begin. It is sometimes an easier task to begin with peace in our homes than to think about what we may bring to the world. But, thinking back to the Advent themes of hope, love, and joy, we may find a path in spite of ourselves. Sit with your thoughts, ask yourselves and those you trust about this;
- How can I be at peace with myself and those I love?
- What responsibilities do I have for living in a peaceful world?
- Neighbors of differing faiths, with different histories, different politics, different emotions, hold fast to the vision of peace
May it be so.