The beginning of Advent and the celebration of the Buddha’s enlightenment both happen this first week of December, and they’ve always been a favorite holiday “mash up” for me. What is the nature of the light we await through the season of Advent? What is the enlightenment the Buddha sought as he sat beneath the Bodhi tree? Perhaps, once again, different traditions speak to the same human impulse. Rev. Bret Lortie speaking.
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“American Exceptionalism: What does it mean and does it have any validity?” - Wikipedia defines American exceptionalism as “the theory that the United States is ‘qualitatively different’ from other states.” In this session we’ll explore this notion that for better or worse, the United States is somehow unique among nations. Discussion leader: Larry Jordan.
9:15 am Paper chain: Join in making a very long paper chain to decorate the UCE holiday tree (Room 5).
10:30 am Music Sunday: Carol sing-along. A worship service for all ages.
11:45 am “Empty Bowls” potluck lunch: Please bring a pot of soup or chili and/or a loaf of bread to share. Ceramic bowls made by some of UCE’s artists will be sold for $15 each to benefit Interfaith Action Evanston’s efforts to ease hunger in our area.
12:00 noon Ornament Sunday: Together with people of all ages, make ornaments to trim the UCE tree and to take home.
10:30 am Participatory Pageant for All: We’ll enact the Christmas story and reflect on its meaning. No advance preparation is required: costumes, props, and stage directions will be provided on the spot. A worship service for all ages.
11:45 am Holiday Treat Lunch: Following the service, we’ll enjoy a feast of holiday treats. Please bring a plate of your favorite holiday treats or other finger food to share. Sponsored by the Religious Education Board.
5:00 and 9:00 pm – Christmas Eve candlelight services: Stories, carols, and reflection. Child dedications will be included in the 5:00 pm service upon request.
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