Please join us each month in taking time to step away from the chaos of every day and just be in an atmosphere of light music and quiet time. This is a non directed service where each participant prays, reflects, listens, breathes and rests in the presence of that which is holy for them. All are invited, be you Christian, Jew, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, unaffiliated, and non-believer to pray or just be in your own way. You may come and go as you please. We begin with music and end when the music stops. All are welcome.
The UCH Healing Circle is a group people who gather together in our sanctuary one evening a month January through November to direct God’s healing energy (Love) to those whose names are entered into the Circle. A breath centered meditation is used to calm, relax, and center ourselves in preparation for this directed healing practice. The Healing Circle is open to anyone; the only requirement is being open to the possibilities that God has available to us.
This Sunday we continue our Advent reflections about "waiting, watching, and working" for hope, by talking about the hope that is born and reborn around tables. This idea was born in me as the visioning team sat around Laurie's dining room table at our meeting Thursday morning. I think we take the importance of tables in our lives for granted. We gather around tables at church for fellowship, for meetings, for dialogue, and for Holy Communion. And we gather around (and have a lot of memories of) tables during the Holiday Season. In our Luke 1 Scripture today- Elizabeth and Mary meet at Elizabeth and Zachariah's table to share some incredible news. In these days when we as Anne Lamott writes, are called to be "stubborn" about cultivating hope even when the news is strange (and sometimes joy-filled and terrifying). I believe it is around the many tables in our lives that hope can begin, and get a do-over, and grow- even when it feels very dark around us. Join us Sunday, as we continue our Advent reflections on watching for hope no matter what table and what company we find ourselves with. I look forward to being with you (around the table). -Rev. Jeanne
"Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: you don't give up." -- Anne Lamott
This week we begin our journey through the Season of Advent. Advent is a time of waiting and preparation for the Light of Christ to be born in us. It's a time of gestation, and is a prelude to the Winter Solstice, which is ironically the darkest time of our year. Darkness is something that doesn't tend to create hope in us- instead it often brings up fear, grief, and sadness. But spiritual wise woman Anne Lamott has the audacity to suggest that "Hope begins in the dark." Is she kidding you might ask? No. I don't think so. And so it is here- in the dark- we will begin our Advent Journey. Each Sunday of Advent we will take on a different aspect of this "stubborn" hopeful wisdom. This Sunday we will talk about the spiritual practice of waiting, and the wisdom and challenges it brings up for us. Chris Leahy will tell her story about waiting, the Choir will sing, and we will share Holy Communion and make room for the wisdom that shows up as we wait stubbornly in the dark together. I am looking forward to this Advent journey with you- Join us as we give birth to the Christ light together. -Rev. Jeanne