Our minister’s annual reflection on the “State of the Church” – patterned after and timed to coincide with the President’s annual State of the Union address – will take on a new twist this year, as Rev. Bill prepares to begin a six-month sabbatical. Come hear his thoughts on “the state of things” at Heritage, on what our challenges and opportunities might be in the coming year, and to discover what our minister’s hopes and dreams are for where we might be a year hence. Oh – and come to say “goodbye and good luck” . . . this will be Rev. Bill’s last Sunday with us until August!
On this Sunday before Martin Luther King Day, we welcome guests to our sanctuary to present a collaborative performance featuring mime, movement, mask-work, songs and readings. Through traditional spirituals, classic and contemporary poetry, and archival “Runaway Slave Ads,” this presentation brings to life legacies of women and men who sought and fought for freedom.
As the time of sabbatical – both for our senior minister, and for our congregation – approaches, we are aware that these next several months will offer us all an opportunity to see things with fresh eyes. What might it mean to do so? How might we each grow during this upcoming time of “doing things differently”? What role do new perspectives and challenges play in human growth and development? Our HUUC Choir will return following a brief holiday break to enrich our worship.
As the odometer turns over to a new year, and we conclude the holiday season, our thoughts often move to inner pathways – to a contemplative time and one of envisioning our future. All of this and the challenge of continuing to live in the moment.
Join us this morning for poetry, music and more as we celebrate this special moment in time.
Underneath the Christmas tree, our sanctuary is transformed into a warm winter hearth filled with candlelight and song, poetry and peace. The HUUC Choir will sing, traditional passages will inspire us, and faces will glow in our annual Christmas Eve gathering for all ages. Afterward, in the Great Hall, we will share holiday well-wishes, as well as cookies and apple cider. Please plan to arrive early, as parking is always limited on this very special night. (Childcare is provided throughout the evening for the smaller children).
In what could be called “the easiest Christmas pageant ever,” we will tell the story of The Nativity with all the familiar players and carols and, yes, no actual rehearsal! This multigenerational experience will cast all characters on-the-spot, from shepherds to angels to animals, with basic costumes provided for everyone who wishes to participate. Come one, come all and be a part of our Pop-Up Pageant!
In the heyday of Jim Crow and segregation, the phrase “separate but equal” was code for racial discrimination. While prejudice and racism have hardly gone away, in the 21st century another insidious type of inequality has emerged to once again threaten our social order. The gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” is wider today than ever before. Inequality of income and opportunity, along with crushing debt, make a mockery of any alleged “economic recovery” – as does an obscene level of accumulated wealth and power enjoyed by a handful of ultra-privileged citizens. This morning we will examine the disturbing distribution of financial and social assets in 21st century America.
We often think of our “sixth sense” as something supernatural or paranormal — you know, ESP and the like. But today Rev. Bill wants to explore a very natural sixth sense – one that we each have, but could all stand to strengthen – our sense of humor. Our Choir will sing (but not a “serious” song), our minister will tell jokes, and we’ll even get to see a humorous video. Expect to laugh during church this morning! What could be better than that?