UUFA Sunday Morning Program Committee The Sunday Morning Program Committee (SMPC) plans and implements year-round Sunday morning services during times when our minister doesn't speak. The committee works with our minister to facilitate and to plan shared programs. Members arrange for speakers from within and from outside the Fellowship. Programs Presented in 2002 January 2002 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 <-- Sunday Morning Program 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Committee Meeting at 10am 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Jan 6 "I Really Want to Change" Speakers: Carole Kazmierski 232-2026, 296-4869 Facilitators: Roger Berger Pianist: Sue Haug - both services Special Music: As the new year begins, we make resolutions to break bad habits and improve our moods, our dispositions, and our lives. Why is change so hard when the self-help books make it sound so easy? Jan 13 "Flow" Music, Nature and Speakers: David Smith & Cynthia Marten the Psychology of Flow Facilitators: Cynthia Marten, Barb Evenson (9am) Pianist: Cynthia Marten - both services Special Music: David Smith David Smith, medical examiner from Davenport, IA, will present his understanding of "flow" through his appreciation of nature and the nature of songwriting. Jan 20 "Toltec Wisdom" Speakers: Deb Kline Facilitators: George Naylor Pianist: Peggy Earnshaw (1st), Ginny Molgaard (2nd) Special Music: UUFA Recorder Ensemble Thousands of years ago in southern Mexico, artists and scientists formed a society to practice ancient spiritual knowledge known as Toltec teachings. They became masters, or maguals, in the pyramids near present day Mexico City. These pyramids are still called the place where "Man Becomes God." The Toltec knowledge is not a religion, but rather a way of engaging in the world with personal freedom and happiness. Ideas from The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz will be shared as a beginning path for your own personal freedom and happiness. See: http://www.miguelruiz.com/books.htm#fa Jan 27 "Being Spiritual Moment by Speakers: Kay, Kelly & Cindy Cory Moment: Holistic Health, Facilitators: Kay, Kelly & Cindy Cory Yoga, and Spirituality" Pianist: Sue Haug - both services Special Music: To most people, the word "yoga" probably suggests physical postures or "asanas" such as the headstand or twisting the body into a pretzel shape, but there is more to yoga than making an asana out of yourself. February 2002 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 Brian at ----> 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 <-- Sunday Morning Program Coming of 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Committee Meeting at 10am Age Retreat 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Feb 2-3 24 25 26 27 28 Feb 3 "Globalization Happens" Speakers: Francis Owusu, Toby Ewing, Stu Huntington Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Stu Huntington Pianist: Special Music: Globalization 101: There's been a lot of talk lately about globalization, but what does it mean to all of us? Our Unitarian Universalist principles include a goal of a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all. Does globalization help move toward, or away from that goal? This is the first in a series of three programs, one each in February, March, and April. Feb 10 "A Light IN the Storm" Speakers: Rev Brian Eslinger Pledge Drive Kickoff Facilitators: Duffie Lorr Pianist: Special Music: Light is a potent symbol and an even more potent reality. Light provides warmth, guidance, hope and clarity for our vision. Yet these lights don't just appear; each of us has a role in kindling them in our own lives and in the lives of those around us. This Sunday we'll talk about the ways in which Unitarian Universalism helps us kindle that flame within and how we help to support this religious community. Feb 17 "Music's Gift to Life" Speakers: Rev Brian Eslinger Clara Schumann Facilitators: Sam Wormley Pianist: Sue Haug Special Music: Piano Trio The life of Clara Schumann (wife of the great composer Robert Schumann) was filled with tremendous joy and great tragedy. Through it all, she was a loving wife and mother, a composer, and a famous concert pianist. We'll hear more about her "balancing act" and the music she created. Feb 24 "A Sustainable Future Speakers: Kari Cobler, Larry Ginter & Bob Uetz for Rural Iowa?" Facilitators: George Naylor, Duffie Lorr Pianist: Cynthia Marten Special Music: Cynthia Marten Rural Iowans are faced with numerous challenges including declining farm prices, declining population, and factory farm pollution. During this presentation, we will discuss these issues and the efforts of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement members to preserve and improve our rural communities. March 2002 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 <-- Sunday Morning Program 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Committee Meeting at 10am 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 <-- Spring Break ISU, Ames Schools 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 (773 256-3000 x232 email@example.com) Mar 3 "Ecological Integrity" Speakers: Rev. Dr. Carol Hepokoski Facilitators: Sam Wormley & Cindy Cory Pianist: Carol Casavant Special Music: John Berquist What does it mean to live with ecological integrity? This morning, Carol will share reflections from her environmental journey, focusing on recent work involving eco-justice and living in place. Spacial Treat: John Berquist Concert evening of March 3 (CANCELED) Mar 10 "The War on Terror Within" Speakers: Rev Brian Eslinger Facilitators: Roger Berger Pianist: Sue Haug, both services Special Music: Beethoven Trio (S. Haug, D. Haug, Carbrey) Our nation's leadership has committed us to a "War on Terrorism". While I would not expect that we would have a single response to this war, I hope that we will take the time to consider how we respond. Part of this response relates to ongoing strife within our own community and the fears we have regarding each other. Mar 17 "Being Human in the 21st Speakers: Rev Brian Eslinger Century" Facilitators: Cindy Cory Sacred stories with a Pianist: 9 AM - Anne Kimber, 11 AM - Ginny Molgaard humanist tradition? Special Music: Philosophers are calling the model for the 21st century human the "cyborg". Some see this model as a wonderful release from old stereotypes; others see it as the end of the human race. We'll look at it through our optically enhanced glasses and see what we find. Mar 24 "Regulating the Global Speakers: Toby Ewing & George Naylor Economy--Where do people Facilitators: Toby Ewing & George Naylor and democracy fit in?" Pianist: 9 AM - Cynthia Marten, 11 AM - Anne Kimber Special Music: Fellowship Voices We will look at the social, economic, and environmental consequences of economic globalization and the institutions that are in charge of regulating international trade and finance. Mar 31 "The Empty Tomb" Speakers: Rev Brian Eslinger Easter Facilitators: Kay Puttock All-Congregational Pianist: Peggy Earnshaw (both services) Special Music: Ed Carbrey and Peggy Earnshaw Special Music: Free Spirits While this winter hasn't given us the usual sense of cold isolation and darkness, spring is still a time when life rises from the seeming death. As we sense spring's pull toward resurrection in our lives, what tomb are we walking out of and what new life are we opening ourselves to? April 2002 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 <-- Prairie Star District Meeting (Apr 5-7) 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Gateway Center, UUFA Hosting Exchange -----> 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Ministers with 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 1st Unitarian 28 29 30 Des Moines http://www.ucdsm.org/ Apr 7 Note there is one single service this morning at 9:30 a.m. in the Pioneer Room of the Hotel at Gateway Center. Our UUFA Service is combined with the Sunday Morning Worship Service at the Prairie Star District Annual Conference and Meeting April. Please do join us, one and all! Child care will be provided. Apr 7 "In Search of Our Heart" Speakers: Rev Brian Eslinger, Linda Barns Facilitators: Linda Barns Pianist: Sue Haug Special Music: Piano Trio Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw & Blue Moon Players Special Music: Fellowship Voices & Conference Choir We applaud diversity, we are proud of our pluralism, we foster different spiritual paths in our congregations. With all of this wonderful difference, what keeps us together? Join us for a morning of music, stories and songs as we explore the elusive center at the heart of our Prairie Star District Unitarian Universalism. Apr 14 "Secrets of the Psychic" Speakers: Rev. Mark Stringer Facilitators: Cynthia Marten, Barb Evenson Pianist: Cynthia Marten Special Music: Apr 21 "Earth Day Celebration" Speakers: Rev Brian Eslinger All-Congregational Facilitators: Duffie Lorr Earth Day Pianist: Carol Casavant Special Music: Fellowship Voices (Spanish) firstname.lastname@example.org Apr 28 "World Community: Theory, Speakers: Laura Hatfield, Tammi Martin, Toby Ewing Practical, Spiritual Facilitators: Duffie Lorr & Jane Vallier Pianist:both services - Sue Haug Special Music: Piano Trio We look at the positive side of globalization from three perspectives: 1) the theory of how globalization should work; 2) the practical aspects of globalization as experienced at "Worldly Goods" in Ames; and 3) the spiritual aspect of globalization and how we are all connected. May 2002 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 <-- Sunday Morning Program 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Committee Meeting at 10am 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 May 5 "Planning a Sacred Speakers: Rev Brian Eslinger Summer" Facilitators: Barb Evenson & Sam Wormley Pianist: Sue Haug (9), Ginny Molgaard (11) Special Music: As we begin to turn our thought toward summer adventures, what travels lay before us? How might we make something simple as a trip to the neighborhood park or elaborate as a voyage across the ocean a religious experience rather than just another tourist trip? Join for some thought on the importance of our travels. May 12 "Play On: Music Sunday" Speakers: Rev Brian Eslinger, Peggy Earnshaw Mother's Day Facilitators: Duffie Lorr Fine Arts Program Pianist: Peggy Earnshaw (if needed) Special Music: Fine Arts Program Shakespeare wrote "If Music be the food of love, play on." Music provides sustenance in the hearing and playing. We'll gather together our talents and tales of music and life as we celebrate Mother's Day. Our offertory this Sunday will benefit Fellowship music programs. May 19 "Coming of Age Sunday" Speakers: Cindy Cory & Dallas Thies Coming of Age Facilitators: Cindy Cory & Dallas Thies Pianist: Reggie Greenlaw to accompany if needed Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw, guitar Join our Coming of Age youth as they describe their journey through the program. Special offertory for the Boston Bound Youth. May 26 "And We Remember Them" Speakers: Rev Brian Eslinger Memorial Day Facilitators: Sam Wormley Pianist: Peggy Earnshaw (9) Anne Kimber (11) Special Music: Remembering people who have died is an important part of human life. We remember both to grieve and to celebrate. Join us for a time of reflection on the lives lost during the past year. Our service will include special memorial candle lighting. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Transition to single 10am service to two services at 9am and 11am ----------------------------------------------------------------------- June 2002 S M Tu W Th F S 1 <-- Sunday Morning Program 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Committee Meeting at 10am 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 (Brian, Duffie gone) 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 June 2 "Spring's Celebration" Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger [First One Service Sunday] Facilitators: Sam Wormley All Congregational Special Music: Fellowship Voices, etc. Outdoor Festival - Flower Communion? We'll take our service to the out-of-doors this Sunday as we head to Emma McCarthy Lee Park for a celebration of spring's arrival. One Service will be held at 10 AM. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets for you seeing comfort. Hold at Fellowship as it will be raining! Natl Weather Service ETA Model June 9 "Mary Richards Brunch" No Service In order to foster the occurrence of the annual Mary Richards Brunch, the committee would like to recommend the following: o that there be no formal UUFA service on the Sunday of the brunch. o that the Mary Richards Brunch be held in the month of June, citing cooler weather and to aid in the transition from two services during the regular year, to the single services of the summer. o that the Mary Richards Brunch be scheduled on the Fellowship calendar at least 90-120 days in advance to aid in the planning of Fellowship services. o that the Sunday Morning Program Committee be responsible for posting a person(s) at the Fellowship on the morning of the annual Mary Richards Brunch (and any other time that services will not be held at the Fellowship) so as to greet visitors and steer them properly to the location where we are meeting. This, bye the way, is how Benette Sherman came to be involved in the Fellowship. She showed up one morning during the Mary Richards Brunch, and as luck would have it, some kind soul happened to be at the Fellowship and gave her directions. o that the Sunday Morning Program Committee foster better relationships with the organizing committee(ies) and/or individuals involved with planning. June 16 "Hunger Banquet"? Speakers: Clark Ford, et al Service with regular Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Roger Berger, et al service elements, but the Pianist: Ginny Molgaard primary deliverable is the Special Music: Hunger Banquet, itself. June 23 "Stick and Ball and the Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger American Psyche" Facilitators: Roger Berger & Kay Puttock? Pianist: Anne Kimber Special Music: Thanks to the passion of my ten-year-old son, I've become immersed in the world of baseball this spring. During this immersion I've learned how our "American pastime" mirrors and mimics movements in society as a whole and am asking myself, "What does the current game say about us?" Join me in my ponderings about the game and life. June 30 "Opossum Wisdom" Speakers: Joel Severinghaus (1st Unitarian) Facilitators: Kay Puttock, Kelly Arbuckle Pianist: Ginny Molgaard Special Music: Musings on the tao of marsupials by a former wildlife rehabilitator. Tube-feeding litters of orphaned baby opossums at 2:00 a.m. prompts reflection on man's relationship to our animal elders, what the wild creatures who live among us can teach us about life and death, and the advantages of motherhood with a pouch. Come learn about the natural history of these unusual critters, ponder opossum philosophy, and listen to opossum mythology from the Aztecs. Hold an opossum skull in your hand, gaze upon it like Hamlet at poor Yorick, and recall the words of cartoon hero Pogo 'Possum: "We has met the enemy, and he is us." July S M Tu W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Jul 7 "Asking a Stone to Talk" Speakers: Toby Ewing, et al Facilitators: Sam Wormley Pianist: Mimi Ho (student of Sue Haug, make contact through Sue) Special Music: We modern humans have a conflicted relationship with nature. We love it and then spend our lives indoors; we anthropomorphize it and then attempt to subdue it; we ask it to reveal divinity to us and then ignore it. How have we seen nature historically, and what would a healthy relationship look like? Musing on nature, with contributions from authors Annie Dillard, Michael Pollan, and others. Jul 14 TBD Speakers: Fred & Jane Vallier Star Island Pilgrimages Facilitators: Duffie Lorr Pianist: Sue Haug Special Music: Jul 21 "If It Stands Still, Speakers: Cindy Cory & Kelly Arbuckle Paint it" Facilitators: Kelly Arbuckle Pianist: Special Music: This program focuses on the goddess Aphrodite and her affection for transformations. We will be discussing the energy produced through the transformational event in both humans and materials available in the physical world, eg. paint colors. Every person will have an opportunity to transform a canvas. Jul 28 "Voices and Visions" Speakers: Guest Speaker from 1st Unitarian Facilitators: Laura Hatfield Pianist: Anne Kimber Special Music: An exploration of the various claims over the years from St. Patrick, Joan of Arc, Carl Jung and others who have experienced mystical moments. Perhaps some parts of the brain are almost "wired" for these kinds of experiences--our guest speaker will share some recent research in neurobiology supporting such a theory. Come and ponder these phenomena and their meanings, along with the different ways different times and cultures deal with such claims. August S M Tu W Th F S Kay, Cindy, Kelly 1 2 3 <-- Sunday Morning Program ---------------------> 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Committee meeting First Unitarian 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Des Moines 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Aug 4 "Dog Days of Summer: Speakers: Sam Wormley Reflections on Life" Facilitators: Toby Ewing Pianist: Mimi Ho (student of Sue Haug, make contact through Sue) Special Music: "DOG DAYS" is the name for the most sultry period of summer, from about July 3 to Aug. 11. Named in early times by observers in countries bordering the Mediterranean, the period was reckoned by the conjunction of Sirius (the dog star) and the Sun. We regard Winter as a time of renewal before the "return" of the Sun and the new life of spring. Similarly the Dog Days of Summer offer contemplation and renewal as we head toward renewed activities that come with each autumn. This program includes congregational reflection and discussion. Aug 11 "Only you can make a Speakers: Laura Hatfield, et al Cow Path" Facilitators: Sam Wormley corporation vs consumer Pianist: Sue Haug order vs chaos Special Music: Walk along some new mental cow paths in this program, as we explore the fine line between destructive shortcuts and democratic choice. We'll look at the role of worn paths in society, our brains, business models, spirituality and public green-ways. Aug 18 "UUism in Great Brittan" Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger Facilitators: Cindy Cory Pianist: Mimi Ho Special Music: Aug 25 "To tell the Truth" Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger Facilitators: Kelly Arbuckle Pianist: Peggy Earnshaw Special Music: September S M Tu W Th F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 <-- Sunday Morning Program 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Committee meeting (partially) 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 with the Music Committee 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Sep 1 "Changing Universe: What Speakers: Sam wormley do we mean, changing?" Facilitators: Roger Berger Pianist: Peggy Earnshaw Special Peggy Earnshaw As mankind's knowledge has grown, so has our perspective on where we are and what our place is. Four hundred years ago, Copernicus, Kepler and Galileo removed us from the center of creation. Modern cosmology is taking us on the most exciting voyage in human history. Far from diminishing our wonder at the Universe, this modern story of Genesis surpasses even our wildest speculations. Consider the simple words of Genesis: "Let there be light." A more succinct, more cogent depiction of the Primeval Cosmic Fireball known as the Big Bang cannot be envisioned. ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Transition from single 10am service to two services at 9am and 11am ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Sep 8 "Water Communion: Well Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger Springs an Sources" Facilitators: Annette Rowley [Children - 1st 15 min] Pianist: Peggy Earnshaw (9 AM), Ginny Molgaard (11 AM) Special Music: We will bring water from backyard swimming pools, local lakes and rivers or from distant pilgrimages, the various sources of nourishment during our summer, for our water communion. We'll reflect upon what sources of sustenance are for our spiritual lives and our Unitarian Universalist tradition. This will be our first two service Sunday of the fall, returning to 9am and 11am services an RE classes. Sep 11 Special Noon Hour Service Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger Facilitators: Sam Wormley Sep 15 "An Act of Faith" Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger Facilitators: Barb Evenson Pianist: Peter Mayer, Cynthia Marten Special Music: Peter Mayer One year ago we gathered to mourn an act of hate. Living in the shadow of that act, we are continually called to engage in an act of faith. To heed this call means a constant process of discernment. What is faith? What is our faith? We'll explore these question and their implications in our lives in post 9/11 America. Peter Mayer will be our special guest musician. Also, John Snyder, architect from Story Construction, will present concept drawings for our proposed building addition between services in the Fellowship Hall. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Sep 22 "Embracing Autumn" Speakers: Toby Ewing, Kelly Arbuckle & Sam Wormley Facilitators: Toby Ewing, Kelly Arbuckle & Sam Wormley [Children - 1st 15 min] Pianist: None Required Special Music: Reggie (original compositions) The equinox marks a point of tradition between the growing season and the harvest. The autumnal transitions of our lives (such as retirement) are marked by both joy of the harvest and sadness at the transition, plus the decisions of what to leave behind and what to store. Join us in a celebration of seasonal transitions. Sep 29 "What Will We Worship?" Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger Facilitators: Cindy Cory Pianist: Sue Haug (both services) Special Music: Horn Trio (Haug, Larry Burkhalter, Pam Schwab) "Worship" is one of those words about which we debate. Is it something we do, or not? Ralph Waldo Emerson stated, "A person will worship something." We will explore the character and practice of worship in the context in which Emerson places it, not seeking a final answer but further illumination. October 2002 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 <-- Sunday Morning Program 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Committee meeting (partially) 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 with the Music Committee 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Oct 6 "Wholeness and Holiness" Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger Facilitators: Amy Hassinger [Children - 1st 15 min] Pianist: Cynthia Marten (9) Peggy Earnshaw (11) Special Music: Danny Apatiga, piano We will mark the beginning of "coming Out Week" with a exploration in music, poetry and words of what it means to be a whole person. We will also pose the question, "We became a welcoming congregation four years ago, now what?" Oct 13 "Our Common Ground: A Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger & Jim Scott Green Sanctuary" Facilitators: Ken Lane Pianist: Jim Scott Special Music: Jim Scott Join this inspirational kick off of our "Green Sanctuary" program as UU singer/song writer Jim Scott brings his special musical talents to help enliven this festive day. See the Green Corner of the newsletter for more information. Oct 20 "A Visitor From Afar" Speakers: Rev. Lajos Lorinczi and Rev. Brian Eslinger [Children - 1st 15 min] Facilitators: Roger Berger Orff Fans Pianist: Cynthia Marten (9), Peggy Earnshaw (11) Special Music: Orff Fans" (directed by C. Marten) Offertory: Women in the Round (2 pieces)* *should be toward the end of the service Please come and help welcome Rev. Lajos Lorinczi, the minister from our partner church in Transylvania, as he begins his visit to Iowa by joining us on Sunday morning. We will have the opportunity to share our Fellowship hospitality with him as he shares Transylvanian Unitarianism with us. Oct 27 "Who are we? Why are we?" Speakers: Laura Hatfield Facilitators: Anna Foley (Fall Back) Pianist: Peggy Earnshaw (9), Ginny Molgaard (11) Offertory & Special Music: Barb Evenson, harp As scientific knowledge expands, identity formation seems to be an even more complex process than imagined. A mixture of genetics, psychology, peers, culture and family combine to form our intricate self-identity. What role do we have in this process and how do these predetermined factors play out in our lives? We'll take a closer look at who we are and why. November 2002 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 <-- Sunday Morning Program (Laura, Kelly out of town) 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Committee meeting (partially) 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 with the Music Committee 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Brian in Iowa City Nov 17 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Thanksgiving is Thursday the 28th Nov 3 "Day of the Dead Celebration" Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger & Deb Kline DRE All Congregational Facilitators: Roger Berger Pianist: Bonnie Bowen (both) Special Music: Blue Moon Players As the season changes in the Fall, many people remember their ancestors and loved ones during festivals called "Day of the Dead". Join us in our second celebration of this festival as we share songs, stories and food. Feel free to bring a photograph or memento of a departed loved one for our alter of remembrance. Nov 10 "Rethinking Religion and Speakers: Hector Avalos, Prof. Religious Studies at ISU Violence" Facilitators: Roger Berger Pianist: Sue Haug (both) Special Music: UUFA Piano Trio Since September 11, 2001, many scholars have been exploring anew the relationship between religion and violence. Some thinkers see violence as a corruption of religion. Others see violence as an inherent part of religion. Dr. Avalos will present briefly a new theory he has been developing as he compares how different religions explain violence in their scriptures. Nov 17 "Meditations on Grace" Speakers: Amy Hassinger, Linda Barnes, Annette Rowley Brian has many readings available Facilitators: Amy Hassinger, Linda Barnes, Annette Rowley [Children - 1st 15 min] Pianist: Sue Haug (both) Special Music: Dan Haug, oboe What do we mean by Grace? What is it to experience a moment of grace? Join us for an exploration of the many facets of grace, from its theological definition to the way it manifests itself in our personal lives. Note: Rev. Eslinger will be speaking in Iowa City this morning. Nov 24 "Giving Thanks" Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger All Congregational Facilitators: Linda Barnes Pianist: Reggie Greenlaw, guitar Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw, guitar In this season of harvest, how do we show our gratitude to the earth for the bounty we reap? How do we show gratitude to the people in our lives for the gifts of their presence? How do we show gratitude for the ideals of our forbears for the guidance offered? Join in this exploration of giving thanks. December 2002 Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 <-- Sunday Morning Program 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Committee meeting (Barn, Erv gone) 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Dec 1 "War an Peace: A Dialogue" Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger Single Service @10am Facilitators: Roger Berger Pianist: Cynthia Marten No RE: Special Music: Cynthia Marten Our nation has a long history of waging war and seeking peace. We are in that position again. What path will we choose? Join in dialogue on this important issue as I will offer reflections from religious traditions and we will all be pert of the conversation. Dec 8 "Being Human: a Learner's Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger Manual" Facilitators: Kelly Poole Pianist: Sue Haug (both) Young Adult Sunday Special Music: UUFA Piano Trio The old punch line in the joke about parenthood is that babies don't come with an instruction manual. How can we learn to be fully compassionately human when there are such strong pressures to be otherwise? We'll explore what both Eastern and Western traditions might offer for our own instruction manual. Dec 15 "The Rights of Conscience" Speakers: Ruth David, Rev. Brian Eslinger, & David DenHaan Facilitators: Sam Wormley [Children - 1st 15 min] Pianist: None Needed Offertory or Special Music: Women in the Round (Frost) Special Music: Blue Moon Players Seeking to promote our first principle, the inherent worth and dignity of every person, is also the mission of Amnesty International. For more than 40 years Amnesty International has been involved in the struggle for Human Rights. Ruth David, local Amnesty International member and one of the original 1961 London AI members, will discuss how this Nobel Prize winning, grassroots organization has mobilized the voices of compassionate, concerned individuals to help those less fortunate realize their inherit worth as individuals. Dec 22 "Stories of the Season" Speakers: Rev. Brian Eslinger All Congregational Service Facilitators: Kelly Poole (Linda Barnes backup) Pianist: Special Music: Barb Evenson, harp Join us as we recount tales from the many traditions for whom this time of year is special. Along with favorite Christmas carols, we'll sing songs from other traditions as well. Return "Guest at your Table" boxes this Sunday. Child Dedication(s) today. Dec 29 "Reflection & Resolution" Speakers: Toby Ewing & Sam Wormley Single Service @10am Facilitators: Toby Ewing & Sam Wormley [Children - 1st 15 min] Pianist: Congregational Discussion Special Music: Reggie Greenlaw (possibly) Congregational Discussion is at the heart of this single service at the end of the year. During this time of reflection and resolution, Toby, Sam, and Reggie will facilitate with music and stories, the transition from the past to the future of our changing lives.