Worship

December: Community and Connection

Prompting us to gather snugly around the hearth, winter’s chill has the power and potential to knit neighbors closer together.  For some, however, a need to retreat may take hold.  Sacred and secular celebrations remind us of the importance of staying connected so that we can better weather the storm.  While inspiring joy for some, the rituals and rites of the season can also trigger challenges worthy of investigation.  What is your relationship with this busy season and how can we re-negotiate our values and priorities to make it the holidays as nourishing as possible?  How can we balance our needs for solitude with our needs as social beings?  How can we honor the lessons and intentions of the season while staying true to our deepest truths?

December 10: Reason for Waiting
Reflection: Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley
Music: Diane Mellinger with NC Choir with Special Musical Guest Eugene Friesen
Service Coordinator: Rick Fiske

“Good things come to those who wait.”  So the saying goes but why do good things take so long to arrive?  Why do they so often require patience? Patience is hard.  Patience is complicated.  It is not as easy and as simple as waiting.  As another saying goes, “Patience is not simply the ability to wait, it’s how we behave when we are waiting.”  Who has time for that?!?!  But, if you’re not too busy doing something else, come on in find out more!

December 17: The Solstice Turns the Starwheel Forward and Never Back
Reflection: Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley
Music: Diane Mellinger with NC Choir
Service Coordinator: Richard Schramm

Every step we take is unrepeatable, even if we choose to take the same exact a thousand times.  Dancers practice their choreography time after time, before the mirror…  “Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch…  Again.  Step, kick, kick, leap, kick, touch…”  Yet, despite the practicing, despite the endless hours of rehearsal, it is still true—every step we take is unrepeatable.  Winter Solstice marks a threshold the year-long dance of life.  By stepping through its gates, we are changed forever. So, how shall we step?  Shall we walk or crawl?  Shall we run?  Or shall we dance?  It’s a big choice and it’s entirely up to you.

On Dec. 17th at 10 am, The North Chapel will offer a special Solstice and Advent service of music, dance, and poetry, with Rev. Leon Dunkley and the Moving Spirit Dancers.  Adding to the festivities of the holiday season, the four dancers will perform a new dance, Bringing in the Light, set to the music of J.S. Bach. Later in the service, the dancers will perform Triptych ( to music of Anonymous 4) and  Soulcake (to the music of Peter, Paul and Mary.) The Moving Spirit Dancers this season include Nicole Conte, Claire Kawski, Suzy Malevich, and Hope Heager, performing original choregraphy by Peg Brightman. 

December 24: Christmas Eve (Morning Service)
Reflection: Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley
Music: Diane Mellinger with NC Choir

If today was Christmas Eve and tomorrow was Christmas Day
I say if today was Christmas Eve and tomorrow was Christmas Day
All I would need my little sweet rider just to pass the time away
                           —Robert Johnson, Hellhound on My Trail (1937)

Today is Christmas Eve!  Tomorrow, the beautiful one will be born, the “child” of highest real and spiritual possibility.  What does this “birth” mean to you?  What in our lives together is newly born and life-affirming? What in life is not new at all but seems to have been given new life?

December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Services
Join us at either our 6pm service which includes the Children’s Choir 
or our 8pm service!
All are welcome!

December 31: Blow Out!!!—A UU New Year’s Eve Disco Party Bash!!
Reflection: Rev. Dr. Leon Dunkley
Music: Diane Mellinger with NC Choir
Service Coordinator: Mary Hawkins Richard Schramm

YOU’RE INVITED!!!!!  This party is going to be transcendent!!!  A party for the ages for all ages and then some!!!  Everyone is welcome. We have already heard back from those who are traveling from afar.  William Ellery Channing will be coming all the way from 1819.  Ralph Waldo Emerson and his wife Ellen Tucker are making the shorter journey from 1838.  They said that could stop on the way and pick up Theodore Parker who is also coming from just three short years down the road.

The cider is chilling
we hope you are willing
to be our guest at a
New Year’s Eve Fest!

December 31st
Service: 10:00 AM
Disco Dancing…  No?  OK.  How about just coffee and conversation? 11:20 AM

North Universalist Chapel Society
7 Church Street
Woodstock, VT  05091

No need to RSVP.  Your ticket is already purchased and your seat is
already reserved!


 Children’s Spiritual Exploration Schedule

Spiritual Exploration for Children begins September 10th. Please join us for a fun gathering and welcome back celebration for the children!

Childcare is provided in the parlors throughout the year for ages birth to 5 years. Our Spiritual Exploration program for elementary aged children in grades K-6 & 7-8 will be held during the school year, where we introduce children to the UU principals through yoga, mindfulness, creative arts, music, community service and connection to the Natural world.

Upcoming SE Schedule

December 10: Music as a Spiritual Practice with Michael Z (Christmas Eve Rehearsal)
December 17: Music as a Spiritual Practice with Michael Z (Christmas Eve Rehearsal)
December 24: No SE for the morning service. Childcare will be provided.
December 31: No SE for the morning service. Childcare will be provided.

More information on the Children’s SE program is available online! For any questions or ideas please speak to Geraldine or email office@northchapelvt.org.

*Change The World Kids—Rising*

This is a collaboration with the Change The World Kids that is going into its 3rd year. We gather monthly with a member or members of Change The World Kids to get involved and learn about local, national and international community service work.  Contact the office if you are interested in learning more office@northchapelvt.org.

OWL (Our Whole Lives) Grades 4,5,6

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a sexuality education curriculum that helps participants of all ages make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. The North Chapel is the gauging the interest of parents whom might like to sign their children up for this class.

Learn More


Spiritual Themes 2017

In the coming year, the NUCS Worship Committee seeks to cultivate greater spiritual continuity by establishing monthly themes to guide future services. These broad themes, which have intentionally been expressed in expansive language with plenty of room for exploration and interpretation, are designed to reflect the essence of each season, drawing our attention to topics and concepts that naturally emerge as the year progresses. You are all invited to review the proposed themes and to consider how they resonate with your personal experience. If you or someone you know might be able to bring us on journeys through these territories, please contact a member of the Worship Committee.

December: Community and Connection

Prompting us to gather snugly around the hearth, winter’s chill has the power and potential to knit neighbors closer together.  For some, however, a need to retreat may take hold.  Sacred and secular celebrations remind us of the importance of staying connected so that we can better weather the storm.  While inspiring joy for some, the rituals and rites of the season can also trigger challenges worthy of investigation.  What is your relationship with this busy season and how can we re-negotiate our values and priorities to make it the holidays as nourishing as possible?  How can we balance our needs for solitude with our needs as social beings?  How can we honor the lessons and intentions of the season while staying true to our deepest truths?


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