Worship Services for December 2017

Sunday Worship, December 3, 2017 at 10:30am

“Hope Dies Last”

Guest Speaker: Kezia Vida

How do we cultivate hope when the external world can feel so bleak? How do you balance the need for hope with the need to be honest about the issues we face as individuals and as a society? In this service, Kezia will explore coming to terms with our pains and fears as a path to discovering our deepest visions and hopes. Come to be nourished and reminded of your own creative power–and with tangible tools you can utilize to nurture your dreams on a daily basis.

Kezia Vida is a native New Orleanian who has been working with dreams since 2009, with a focus on using dreams for self-inquiry, inspiration, and transformation. She has also participated in a variety of shamanic rituals and ceremonies, strengthening her capacity to hold space with love, peace, and recognition for each individual’s unique spiritual journey.

Special Collection: on the first Sunday of every month, we dedicate the offering to an important cause or organization. This Sunday the chosen recipient is our own Minister’s Discretionary Fund, which is used to assist members and friends of the congregation in meeting their basic living needs and other emergencies.

Sunday Worship, December 10, 2017, 10:30am

“Better Days”

Guest Speaker: Rev. Deanna Vandiver

In this time of collective longing for better days, let us turn towards each other to lift up what is healing and sustaining. Together we can co-create better days. The Reverend Deanna Vandiver, Co-Director of our Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (www.celsjr.org) and Community Minister in affiliation with our Greater New Orleans Unitarian Universalist cluster, (www.gnouu.org) will lead us in worship. There will also be several special guest musicans!

There will be a Congregational Meeting after the service.

Sunday Worship, December 17, 2017 at 10:30am

“Let’s Try This”

Rev. Paul Beedle

When we experience a better way, we’re in with a chance of replacing destructive norms and habits with more constructive ones.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 6:30pm

“Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk”

Lay Leader: Laurence Roberts

Find a respite from the noise and bustle of the season with this quiet contemplative service of silently walking the candlelit labyrinth in the darkened sanctuary.

Christmas Eve: Sunday, December 24, 2017

Rev. Paul Beedle and Katie Gelfand, RE Lead

Morning Service: 10:30am

“Holiday Lights”

Many faith traditions mark the winter season with candlelight rituals. This traditional service helps us to know a little about how our neighbors of other faiths celebrate.

Evening Service, 6:30pm: Candlelight Christmas Eve Service.

Sunday Worship, December 31, 2017 at 10:30am

“Ritual DIY”

Lay Leader: Laurence Roberts

A ritual creates space and time in which we can celebrate what is important to us or honor transitional moments in our lives. What do you need to make space and time for in your life?