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Tuesday Blog: Rev. Eric Meter - Christmas Thoughts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Eric Meter   
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 18:41

 

The seasons may return with regularity, but these holidays do not simply celebrate the cycles of time. Instead, they tell stories about unexpected turns in human history. They express a form of faith that dares to reflect on human expectations being upset. … The Jewish and Christian holidays remind us to find the mark of God less in the regularities of nature than in the unexpected turns that life can take. — John Buehrens

 

When I was a child, the holidays were all about expectation. You may have heard me say that my parents had two rules for my brother and I on Christmas morning: we could get out of bed as soon as it was light enough to see our hands in front of our faces, and we could only open one present each before they woke up to join us.

Well, unless you are in a deep cave or specially darkened room, there is always enough ambient light to see your hand in front of you, though it took us several years to figure this out. I don’t think it will be difficult for anyone to imagine two young boys asleep on the couch or half way under a Christmas tree having torn open their first presents before succumbing once more to sleep in the wee hours of Christmas morning.

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Tuesday Blog: Rev. Jennifer Brooks - The Gift of Principle PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Jennifer Brooks   
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 11:33

As we enter December, a month for celebration in many of the world’s religious traditions, what do we expect? We are a religion of people with different beliefs who worship together as one faith. So how, exactly, does that work?

Unitarian Universalism is a faith that unites people of different theologies who share foundational values. One of those values is “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth,” the third of our seven principles [link] that UUs agree to affirm and promote. 

December is a wonderful time to reflect upon acceptance, especially now, when many U.S. politicians have announced a position of religious discrimination against Syrian refugees. As I seek to center my spirit, I’m grateful for the gift of principle—that is, the gift of a way to live faithfully despite the repeated assaults of commercialism, politics, and the religious critique that always seems to accompany this time of year. 

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