At this time of year, people seek opportunities to gather together, to find light in the darkness. Those of us, both individuals and families, who live with the painful memories of loss want to know that we are not alone.
The constant refrain about the joy of the season – on radio and television, in shopping malls – may make the challenging issues we all face seem even more overwhelming and difficult to live with. Perhaps it is the shorter daylight that we experience, or the colder weather, but for many it is a time for festivities with a joyfulness that they don’t share.
For more than a decade now, churches across the United States have offered a service that originated in an attempt to help people deal with their lack of holiday spirit. Blue Christmas is a service offered around the time of the winter solstice. The message of the service is that light goes out of the world but comes back to us; at the time of the shortest day of the year we will begin to see the lengthening of days and the increase of the sun’s light in our world.
In acknowledging the pain and sadness many people experience as the holidays approach, we invite all members and friends of the congregation who find the holidays difficult to a “Blue Christmas” worship service on Monday December 18 at 7pm. This uniquely Unitarian Universalist service of remembrance will feature seasonal and uplifting meditation, readings, and instrumental and vocal music performances.