Let the Mystery Be

If we crave certainty and control, then mystery can be discomforting. The writer Anne Lamott expresses the push and pull of mystery in our life. On the one hand, she offers that: “When we are stunned to a place beyond words, when an aspect of … read more.

The Festival of Lights in the Light of History and Memory

Also known as the Festival of Lights, the Jewish festival of Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the 167-160 BCE Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 22, and we will take the opportunity to acknowledge an element of our Judeo-Christian heritage and consider the meaning of this celebration as it relates to our Unitarian Universalist faith. We will also hear from members and friends of our Congregation who identified spiritually and/or culturally as Jewish about their memories of Hanukkah growing up, and how their experience of it or, perhaps, their lack of experience of it, figured into their faith development and how they now regard and/or observe Hanukkah.
We will also, of course, light the Menorah, the iconic symbol of Hanukkah.

Letting Go, Letting In

Join our very own TPUUF member Laura Walter in preparing for the New Year through a Burning Bowl ceremony. Laura grew up in the Unity tradition, similar to Unitarian Universalism in that it is principle-based. One of the five principles of Unity is that thoughts have the creative power to determine events and attract experiences. Laura will speak about how this principle influenced her life, and the good (being very aware of self-fulfilling prophecies) and bad (guilt of believing in faith healing and still being ill) of retaining this belief. Let’s consider this interesting philosophy to see if anything can be found in it to help each of us in our own search for truth and meaning.

At the time of the New Year, the Unity community observes the Burning Bowl ceremony, a silent ceremony to symbolically burn away thoughts, processes, events and conditions, so the New Year can be met with a clean slate. This symbolic release aspires to be cathartic, helping us to let go of limiting thoughts and initiate new habits and new ways of thinking. The Burning Bowl ceremony will be part of this worship experience designed to invigorate and renew, helping us to greet 2020 with open heart and mind.