These services will feature music, reflections, and readings celebrating Christmas. Our nativity reenactment and Christmas Eve candle lighting ritual will take place at both services.
Rev. Jim Magaw
Rev. Jim Magaw. The holidays are not always as cheerful as we might pretend. In fact, this time of year often brings painful memories and a profound sense of loss. This special vesper service, featuring the music of Leonard Cohen, is for anyone who is struggling during this holiday season (or anyone who loves the … Continued
This service will be comprised of holiday-themed music from various Sunnyhill members and friends, including the choir and other individuals and groups of all ages and many different styles. Come celebrate music and the season!
Religious freedom and political resistance are major themes in the story of Hanukkah and the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire. In this service we will explore how and why these themes are just as relevant now as they have ever been.
While we might like to think that everything that happens is somehow logical and understandable, the truth is that all of existence is shrouded in mystery. Carl Sagan said, “The universe will always be much richer than our ability to understand it.” How do we lean into, and learn from, a sense of the mystery … Continued
The great Christian mystic famously said, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Of the various kinds of prayers, prayers of thanksgiving might be the most powerful. How do we practice giving thanks, even in challenging times?
We live in an era that screams out for prophets—people who not only expose the evils of society but also offer a vision of hope and healing. How do we embody the prophetic vision and prophetic voice right now, right here?
In the Christian tradition, All Souls Day has been a time to remember everyone who has died, everyone who has been part of the gathered community. The phrase “All Souls” has a particularly Unitarian connotation because of something that one of our own “saints,” William Ellery Channing, said: “I am a living member of the … Continued
Rivers–especially the confluence of two or more rivers–can provide rich metaphors for life and living, especially at a time when factionalism and violence are on the rise. How can we live in this place of coming together rather than coming apart?
Acts of generosity–even those that are incidental or accidental–can trigger a chain reaction of unselfishness that reaches far beyond the original act. How can we harness the power of viral generosity to build a more just and compassionate community, within and beyond our walls?