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Volume 3, No. 14, December 13, 2013
In one sense, the world around us has been preparing for Christmas for months already. The day after Halloween department stores began running Christmas ads. At the same time malls, grocery markets, and big box stores erected their winter holiday displays. I began receiving holiday donation reminders in my inbox and mailbox weeks before Thanksgiving, and our own choir has been regaling us with gorgeous Christmas music all December. Even for those of us who adore everything Christmas, this can sometimes seem like holiday overload.
For the last several years the Advent Conspiracy
has reminded those lucky enough to come across their website that there is another way to prepare for the holidays. "Spend less on gifts, give more presence..." this ministry suggests.
When I start to feel overwhelmed by all of the wrapping, baking, cleaning, and cooking it takes to make Christmas "happen," I try to remember the Christmas story and how simple it is. I love to deck the halls of my home, just as our own Jannelle Codianni led several volunteers to beautifully decorate our sanctuary several days ago. But I'm also glad when I remember that it's OK to take a step back, to cook one less dish for Christmas dinner this year, to forego buying that extra needless gift, and to focus on preparing a place for hope to be born anew in my heart and look for the signs of hope being born again and again and again all over our world.
However you and yours prepare for the winter holidays, I wish for you the blessings of both the darkness and the light - the hush and rest that darkness offers us, as well as the warmth and guidance of the light.
P.S. Please be sure to call the church after 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning to learn the status of church activities. The voicemail message will be changed if winter storm Electra makes it necessary for us to cancel religious education and/or worship. Stay safe and warm, beloveds.
Through the Eyes of a Child
by Deanna Greenstein, Coordinator of Religious Education
Have you ever looked at our church? Not just glanced at it as you rushed in to get a seat before the prelude ended, but really LOOKED at it? Noticed the soaring beauty of its bell tower, how beautifully the stones making up its walls fit together, the glory of its windows as they glisten in the daylight? What about its roof? The shape of the doors? Holly House?
The children recently looked at our church. Really looked. Studied. As they peered out the windows of Holly House, they excitedly pointed out details that they had never noticed before. Suddenly, as they discovered these "new" things, our church became even more beautiful than it had been mere minutes before!
And then they shared with each other their own unique views of Unity Church. Their interpretations of our church can be seen in person in Parish Hall. This is Unity Church, through the eyes of our youth. Isn't it beautiful?
Jane Addams was a Ware Lecturer
What is the Ware Lecture?
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President, in consultation with the General Assembly Planning Committee, invites a distinguished guest each year to address the General Assembly as the Ware Lecturer.
In 1920, Harriet E. Ware of Milton, MA, bequeathed $5,000 to the American Unitarian Association (AUA) for its unrestricted use. Two years later, on the evening of May 24, 1922, the first Ware lecture was given by the Rev. Frederick W. Norwood, pastor of the City Temple in London, England. The Lecture had been "established in honor of the distinguished services of three generations of the Ware family to the cause of Pure Christianity."
The lecture has been given every year at the former May Meetings of the AUA and since 1961 at the General Assembly. No lecture was scheduled for 1945 due to World War II, although Morris S. Lazaron delivered an address on May 23, 1945, in All Souls Church in Washington, DC, which is referred to as a Ware lecture. There was no lecture in 1950 when the Unitarians celebrated their 125th anniversary.
The Harvard Square Library maintains a history of the Ware Lecture, including illustrated biographical notes.
was the Ware Lecturer in 1931. At the 2014 General Assembly in Providence, RI, the Ware Lecturer will be given by Sister Simone Campbell, the National Coordinator of NETWORK
, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, and writer of the famous "nuns letter
" supporting healthcare reform.
- from www.uua.org
Sister Simone was also instrumental in organizing the Nuns on the Bus
tour of nine states to oppose the Ryan Budget that would decimate programs meant to help people in need. Nuns on the Bus
received an avalanche of attention across the nation from religious communities, elected officials and the media.
Musicians' Opportunities for General Assembly
GA Music Coordinator David Glasgow is in the process of recruiting musicians for major worships and plenary sessions at GA. This includes singers (solo and group), instrumentalists (solo and group), accompanists, liturgical dancers, composers/arrangers, and conductors. For more information, please contact David Glasgow
Make a Difference in the Life of a Child
No matter your profession, you can make a difference in the life of a child impacted by homelessness in Brockton, Stoughton, Norwell, or New Bedford.
UUA Book Fair at Unity Church Every Sunday
Unity Church is hosting a Book Fair, with books for sale from the publishing houses of the Unitarian Universalist Association. A sample of their books will be available for you to choose from. You can also order a specific title listed in the UUA Bookstore catalog.
This is a wonderful fundraiser for Unity Church; you pay the list price and the church receives 40% of the price.
We will continue the Book Fair into the winter of 2014. Look for the Book Fair Table in Parish Hall during Social Hou
r. Contact Cheryl Brigante
or Anna Linzi
for more details.
Upcoming Music Programs
December 18, 2013 at12:15pm
Sounds of Christmas. This Organ Recital by Richard Hill, Music Director and Organist at Unity Church is free and open to the public.
December 19, 2013 at 8:00pm
Messiah Sing with Easton Chamber Orchestra and Oliver Ames High School Concert Choir. At Immaculate Conception Church. Bring your own score and sing along.
December 29, 2013 at 10:30am
Annual Music Service. The musicians of Unity Church.
A December Birthday
by Richard Hil, Music Director & Organist at Unity Church
This birthday has been a present to us for 28 years. Elizabeth Susan Trueblood was born on December 23. Her mother was Elizabeth so she had friends call her Susan but used Elizabeth professionally. I first met Susan at the Old Stoughton Musical Society in 1985. Back then our choir was bereft of sopranos, Dottie Flanagan having left for CapeCod. Although we had fine support at alto, tenor, and bass, the melody would not stand out. The second I heard that voice behind me in the soprano section, I knew she belonged with us...(read more)
When the Weather Outside is Frightful
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