Dec. 2, 10:30 am                                        Leslie d’Oronzio

Our Heart Center

Listen to your heart, Follow your heart, My heart is filled with love, I know in my heart it’s the right thing to do.  We’ve probably all used these terms at one time or another to express the sincerity and resoluteness  of a feeling or a choice.  In Yoga we speak of the sacred chakra of the heart, Anahata, as the wellspring of love, warmth, compassion, and joy.  Are these just simply expressions? Does science offer any alignment with the heart being at the center of it?

Coordinator: Bridget Laureira


Dec. 9, 10:30 am                                      Rev. Dawn Sangrey

Is UUCR a Family?

Speaking about their UU congregation, some people say, “I love it. It’s just like a family.” They mean the good kind of family, of course: the intimate family where everyone is loving and helpful. James Luther Adams, one of the most preeminent UU theologians of the twentieth century, said that people need “intimacy and ultimacy.” We long for a sense of belonging. And we need to reach for whatever seems highest and most important, whatever matters most.  Adams also said that in order for goodness to prevail, it has to be institutionalized. He said the kind of institution you create reveals your beliefs. Let’s explore the family as a metaphor for UUCR and ask how this idea  shapes the congregation today.              

Coordinator: Rob Young


Immediately following the service, the congregation will meet in a Special Congregational Meeting

to vote on the proposed UUCR Mission Statement.


Dec. 16, 10:30                                             RE Team

Holiday Happening

This year, our intergenerational service will draw from traditional Jewish and Christian stories to celebrate the Spirit of peace and love this holiday season. After a shortened service featuring some great music, we will adjoin to take pictures, decorate the Christmas tree, and make some magical crafts. Great fun for all ages!

Coordinator: Jane Cowan


Dec. 23, 10:30 am                                   Rev. Dawn Sangrey 

Make a Joyful Noise!

When the darkness comes, it is time to make music. For this gathering of musicians, music-makers, singers, and those who just hum along, we will listen to each other and join our voices in the songs of the season, making music that nourishes our spirits and celebrates winter, solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, human possibility and joy!

Coordinator: Harry Shair


Dec. 24, 6:00 pm                                    Rev. Dawn Sangrey

Christmas Eve Celebration

Join us for our traditional Christmas Eve service of Lessons and Carols. We will hear once again the story of the angels, the shepherds, the wise men, the birth of the baby in Bethlehem.  Most of us are not Christians, yet this narrative can have deep meaning and appeal. What do Unitarian Universalists celebrate at Christmas? 

Coordinator: Des Shaw


Dec. 30, 10:30 am                              Rabbi Modek

How The Rabbis Put God On Trial, Hebrew Spiritual Wisdom in A Gavel (or nutshell)

The Hebrew Sages taught that God is to be obeyed with eyes wide open and many questions asked. This deep sacred irreverence is expressed in a number of earlier and later tales of the Hasidim and others. We will explore Hebrew spiritual philosophy as it appears in these tales of wit and wisdom.

Coordinator: Des Shaw