As UUFHC honors the experiences of domestic violence survivors and victims with our annual outdoor display, we take time in this service to celebrate their resilience and courage. You're invited to stay after the service to attend the powerful Silent Witness Program and to help set up the figures outside. Refreshments will be available.
Recent data show that for the majority of us in the US, fear and pessimism about the future is on the rise. In this service we will reaffirm the ways our faith tradition teaches us to meet those fears and move forward with courage and love.
As UU's, we're often not particularly comfortable talking about the concept of
sin, but screwing up is part of what we do as imperfect humans. We break promises, treat each other poorly, fall short of commitments, indulge in anger, miss committee meetings, and so forth. Indeed, most of us will in our lifetimes commit a litany of offenses against the principles of our faith. Holding ourselves—and each other—accountable for our transgressions, while honoring the inherent worth and dignity of every one of us is a critical spiritual practice. The second in a three-part series will explore accountability, penitence, penance, and forgiveness from our uniquely UU perspective.
The great Buddhist teacher Jack Kornfield says that
we are free in every moment to set the compass of our hearts to our highest intentions. He means that in every moment, no matter how challenging we can choose to be present, and we can choose to love.
Today is a day to embrace the magic of our lives! Join us for an intergenerational celebration of Halloween and Samhain at UUFHC. Please bring a memento of loved ones lost, friends, family and pets who’ve walked the rainbow bridge.
During the service we will share a ritual of remembrance, followed by a time of imbibing spellbound brews (aka coffee and cider) with festive feasting and ghoulish goodies for all. Costumes are encouraged. Join the kids or be a kid yourself at our Halloween parade and pumpkin decorating table.
Potluck Chili (vegetarian and regular) and bread will be served to stave off those wicked hunger pangs.
The building will remain open to the public after the service until 2:00 pm as we will be unveiling the amazing collaborative art project created by members of the community at the Bel Air Festival of the Arts, and have invited the public to stop in to see it. We will share a bit of our Halloween spirit with treat bags for our visitors.