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What is the Meaning of Winter Solstice?
by Elizabeth Dale Happy Winter Solstice! Today is the morning after the longest night and shortest day of the year. Today is the beginning of the Waxing Half of the year, from now until the Summer Solstice the day will ...

Meditation for a New Year
by Amanda Poppei My friends, we have arrived. We are here, in this new year. We have crossed the boundary of time, into the next year, with all its resolutions and plans and schedules ahead of us. Let us pause, for just ...

We bid you welcome on this first Sunday of the new year.
by Sylvia L. Howe We bid you welcome on this first Sunday of the new year.Like Janus we gather with part of us looking backward and part of us looking forward.We gather on the edge of the new year saddened by our losses,cherishing ...

Ritual for the New Year
by Joan Kahn-Schneider We pause now on the edge of the New Year—An artificial beginning to be sure—but still a time to reflect. Like Janus, the god for whom January was named, we glance back at past joys and sorrowsThat ...

Burning Bowl Ritual
by Victoria Weinstein IntroductionAs we continue to seek out the stories of hope in our world in the new year, there are also some things we would very much like to put behind us from the old year. The ushers have given you ...

Pastoral Thought: December 16, 2001
by Tess Baumberger The holiday season is upon usBut this year many of usMove toward it with leaden feet.It has been such a year.And because it has been such a yearIt may feel forced to enter intoThe jolly spirit of Christmas,The ...

Rosh Hashanah Benediction
by Amy Zucker Morgenstern The Book of Life is open before us. It tells stories of sadness and happiness, despair and hope, stagnation and change, and a peaceful stillness that transcends both.May you be written in the Book of Life.May ...

Meditation for the Sunday near the Yom Kippur
by Elizabeth M. Strong Please join with me in the spirit of meditation and prayer.We have returned again to the time of Atonement, the time to look back over our lives this past year and face the realities of when we have fallen ...

Meditation on Winter Celebrations
by Elizabeth M. Strong Please join with me in the spirit of meditation and prayerWe are in the midst of the season of celebration.Celebrations:Of the birth of new hope,Of the festival of lights,Of the triumph of freedom.The ...

Effigy Burning
by Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge Young Adult Group Overview: New Year Ritual or Transition RitualTheme or Background: Burn an effigy to welcome the new year, or any major transition.Materials involved: Flammable objects, paper, glue, scissors, tape, and ...

Solstice Prayer
by Sara Eileen LaWall Would you please join me in the spirit of prayer and meditation?Dear Gods and Goddesses, Spirit of Life & Love,Bless us on this beautiful southern California winter day as we celebrate and honor the ...

Meditation for Beginning
by Judith L. Quarles Spirit of life and love:In this season of beginning    Some of us are hurried and harried.    Some of us feel sorrowful and afraid.    Some of ...

RE Teacher Dedication
by Liz Jones and Barbara Wells and Cindy Leitner Sample Teacher Dedication CeremoniesReligious Educator(s)From Liz Jones, Religious Educator, First UU Church, San Diego, CA: This morning we wish to thank you for your commitment to this church, to ...

RE Teacher Dedication
by Liz Jones and Barbara Wells and Cindy Leitner Sample Teacher Dedication CeremoniesReligious Educator(s)From Liz Jones, Religious Educator, First UU Church, San Diego, CA: This morning we wish to thank you for your commitment to this church, to ...

Jazz Funeral for the Old Year
by Melanie Morel-Ensminger Introduction to a New Orleans Jazz FuneralWelcome to a new tradition for our church—a New Orleans-style jazz funeral for the old year. This service offers opportunities for reflection on the past ...

Prayer: Chalice Circle
by Kathy Underwood Song“Gathered Here”Chalice LightingThis is our circle of chalice light,Where peace and love are burning bright,A place of wonder, a place of fun,Welcome, welcome, everyone!GreetingsGood morning! ...

Getting Real About Food
by Ana Porter Moses was a rancher. Long before he became a famous Biblical patriarch who led his people to freedom from slavery, he was a simple rancher. And this simple rancher was tending his flock on the side of ...

Spirit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 2009
by Mark Ward I want to begin today by thanking you for inviting me to address this auspicious occasion today. I am aware that we stand on the threshold of not only of a new year but a new day in this nation, a day ...

Standing on the Side of Love: A Sermon for Yom Kippur
by James Ishmael Ford Leonard Cohen sings to us there’s “a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” I believe this is one of the most important insights we can have. And so, today I want to ...

Living the Dream: A Sermon for Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday
by Wendy von Zirpolo The words came and my heart soared. He said ... “A new dawn of American leadership is at hand."And I sat up, listened differently ... wanted to believeHe said "I will listen to you. I will ask you ...

Dear America: A Letter to Our Nation
by Peter Friedrichs Dear America,Well, we did it, didn’t we? We elected an African-American President! It’s amazing to think that in just a couple of days Barack Obama, the son of a white mother from Kansas and ...

Work Still in Progress
by Jim Sherblom Somehow it doesn’t seem fair. Eight years ago, George Bush was elected, or should I say selected by the Supreme Court, to be President of the United States with less than a majority of the popular ...

We Are The Ones: Avoiding Fascism in a Turbulent World
by Claudene (Deane) Olivia We are the ones we have been waiting for. Our new President, Barack Obama, said that.But before Obama, Alice Walker titled her book: We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: Light in a Time of Darkness ...

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