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LAST UUCO NEWSLETTER FOR A WHILE

While the church searches for a new church administrator, the nUUs will be on pause.  If you'd like to help in the interim, please contact Board President, Bill Hackett at wrhackett@comcast.net. Sunday service information will be posted on Saturday evenings at uuco.org/upcoming-services.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden

IN THIS EDITION

SUNDAY WORSHIP
RACIAL JUSTICE
CARING AND CONNECTED
E-MINISTRY
MUSIC MINISTRY
F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
F O L L O W on I N S T A G R A M F O L L O W on I N S T A G R A M
F O L L O W on Y O U T U B E F O L L O W on Y O U T U B E
SUNDAY WORSHIP
10:30 a.m. Worship | uuco.org/upcoming-services

Christmas is coming and this is our holiday service. Our aim this Sunday, though, isn’t just Jesus and Christianity. Rather, we’re going to take a look at some other religious traditions and, more broadly, the winter solstice and what it means. Our guest speakers are very familiar with the church. Karen Thurber was born into a 100% Ashkenazi, Russian Jewish family in Philadelphia. At Temple Shalom, she attended Hebrew school until she was 15 and was Bat Mitzvahed when she was 13. She now calls herself a proud UUer and a Jew-nitarian. Dylan Zwick is a longtime Unitarian and resident of Utah, but a relatively new member of UUCO and resident of Ogden. This will be his second solstice here and he's looking forward to spending it with new friends. Suzanne LeCain-Storer says that as the only non-Catholics in a Catholic grade school, she and her sister learned to be comfortable as outsiders. They also learned that religious beliefs of whatever stripe are important. Jeff Walker is a practitioner of Buddhism and has spoke to the church before on the religion.

RACIAL JUSTICE

READING FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

Understanding and dismantling racism starts with educating yourself with information from reputable sources. Unlearning and relearning through literature is just one good jumping-off point.  

Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Debunks the pervasive and self-congratulatory myth that our country is proudly founded by and for immigrants, and urges readers to embrace a more complex and honest history of the United States

Whether in political debates or discussions about immigration around the kitchen table, many Americans, regardless of party affiliation, will say proudly that we are a nation of immigrants. In this bold new book, historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz asserts this ideology is harmful and dishonest because it serves to mask and diminish the US's history of settler colonialism, genocide, white supremacy, slavery, and structural inequality, all of which we still grapple with today.

She explains that the idea that we are living in a land of opportunity--founded and built by immigrants--was a convenient response by the ruling class and its brain trust to the 1960s demands for decolonialization, justice, reparations, and social equality. Moreover, Dunbar-Ortiz charges that this feel good--but inaccurate--story promotes a benign narrative of progress, obscuring that the country was founded in violence as a settler state, and imperialist since its inception.

While some of us are immigrants or descendants of immigrants, others are descendants of white settlers who arrived as colonizers to displace those who were here since time immemorial, and still others are descendants of those who were kidnapped and forced here against their will. This paradigm shifting new book from the highly acclaimed author of An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States charges that we need to stop believing and perpetuating this simplistic and a historical idea and embrace the real (and often horrific) history of the United States. 

CARING AND CONNECTED

WEEKLY:
  • Fridays | 9:30 a.m. | Codger Coffee | Grounds for Coffee on 30th and Harrison in Ogden
    Anyone who wishes to join this group needs to be vaccinated, for our mutual protection. People of all genders are welcome. Questions?  Email John Hinds at jhinds@earthlink.net.
MONTHLY:
  • Second Wednesday | 7 p.m. | UUCO Book Club | UUCO Library
    All are welcome to join the UUCO Book Club that meets in person at UUCO. On January 12, they will be reading Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Second Friday | 6 p.m. | Potluck Video | Congregant Homes
    Gather for a potluck followed by a movie.  The host provides the main meal and guests bring side dishes and dessert.  If you would like to be notified of future gatherings, email Dan Arnow at dan_arnow@msn.com
SPECIAL EVENTS
  • December 19 | Healing Holiday Service with Foothills
    More details below
  • December 24 | Christmas Eve Service with First Unitarian Church of SLC
    More details below
  • December 31 | 5:30 p.m. | UUCO
    Join us for a Festival of Lights parade and party! More details below.

We find ourselves in a time of year that often asks us to be joyful. Yet many of us are also moving through our days holding sorrows and grief. Please join Rev. Elaine Aron-Tenbrink and Melissa Monforti for a Holiday Healing Service that makes space for the heaviness in our lives. Through music, poetry, spoken reflection, and shared silence, we will create healing community together.

Please register at foothillsuu.org/signup.
Video invitation to the Holiday Healing Service from Rev. Elaine
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE WITH FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH OF SALT LAKE

We'll be joining the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City (SLCUU) for one worship service per month beginning January 16, 2022. However, they've invited us to also join them for their Christmas Eve service on December 24th of this month. This is traditionally one of the most popular services of the year.

If you'd like to join, there will be two services, one at 5:30pm and one at 7:00pm. You can reserve a ticket for either starting on Monday, December 20th here on Eventbrite.


You can also join either service remotely via Zoom (no ticket required).

If you're available and would like to join, they'd love to see us there.
 
FESTIVALS OF LIGHT AT UUCO

Festivals of Light will be celebrated at UUCO this month!

When: Friday, December 31 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: UUCO (705 E 23rd Street, 84401)
What: Short presentation on several Festivals of Light. Parade around the block with flashlights, cell phone lights, or candles.  Gather for cookies and hot chocolate
Who: All congregants,  young and old
Why: For fellowship, inspiration and fun!

Please join us!

Sponsored by the Religious Exploration Council
YOUR SHOPPING CAN BENEFIT UUCO!

UUCO is registered for programs through Smith’s Community Rewards Program and AmazonSmile.  Both organizations provide donations to charitable and non-profit groups designated by their customers and based upon the purchases by those customers. 

Smith’s Community Rewards Program lets customers select the charities to which Smith’s Food and Drug will donate, based on the dollars they spend in stores.     For every purchase you make, points are added to the UUCO account, then once a quarter, Smith’s donates money to UUCO based on the number of points accumulated.  Learn more at https://www.smithsfoodanddrug.com/i/community/smiths-inspiring-donations. Our Non-Profit Organization Number FA895. 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support UUCO by purchases made on smile.amazon.com.  Every time you shop the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charity or non-profit organization you choose.   

Further information and instructions to register can be found at http://smile.amazon.com/about
SWIM is a week (December 27 – January 1) of virtual UU fun, fellowship and growth with workshops, concerts and special events. SWIM is an intentional, inter-generational community of Unitarian Universalists and friends, including awesome people like YOU! We normally gather in South Florida in December but will again meet virtually in 2021. For further information and to register, visit SWIMUU.org

E-MINISTRY

The Grace within a Pecan Pie
by Rev. Jake Morrill

"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so…."     —Thomas Merton, "A Prayer of Unknowing"
Patience isn’t my strength. I want to tear out every window in the Advent calendar and gobble up all the chocolate. I want to know how my children’s lives will turn out. I want justice to arrive, irrevocably, in the structures and hearts of this world.

But Advent slows me down. Wisdom whispers, "Just wait." And sometimes wisdom speaks as a lava-hot pecan pie.

Other pies have their virtues, but none transfixes the soul like the winsome pecan. Waiting for it to bake is out-and-out agony. Mid-bake, you’ll be tempted to nibble a sample. But resist! It’ll burn your tongue off. Don’t ask how I know.

Even right out of the oven, it’s not ready. According to personal research, the pie enthusiast who leaps in at that moment will also observe dramatically unwanted tongue-specific sensations. No: a pie like pecan is going to need time to set. Not to "sit," but to "set." It’s a word bakers know. When a pecan pie sets, the gooey mess on the inside starts to get organized—not through external intervention, but through a strange and subtle emergent upwelling.

There have been times in my life when everything on the inside was a gooey mess. That’s been the case, more days than not, throughout this damn pandemic. Trying harder turned out not to be the solution. Neither did pretending I knew what to do. So on my better days, I’m trying to cut loose the hustle, hunker down into stillness, and to let myself "S.E.T.": Surrender Everything Tenderly.

Tenderly, I surrender my pride and my shame. My need for approval. My need for control or to know what comes next. Even my certainty about pie and all those other opinions that clutter my brain. For me, "surrendering everything tenderly" brings an awareness of that strange and subtle emergent upwelling, which I’ve come to know as the action of grace. It’s a clarity and coherence that you can’t get from striving.

Advent is a time of "not yet" and "already," when we impatiently await what is already here. Maybe this Advent season, with what you have wanted still so far away, one option could be to give up trying—which doesn’t mean to just wait. With pecan pie in mind, and any trust you can muster in the action of grace, why not set awhile?
Prayer
Precious God, in this not-yet and already in-between time, teach us to risk trusting some measure of grace so that our lives might become all the more entwined with the way of all things, and the process of delivering love at last to this world. Amen.
Rev. Jake Morrill (he/him/his) has served the Oak Ridge (TN) UU Church as Lead Minister since 2003. The Executive Director of the UU Christian Fellowship, he’s also a therapist and leadership coach. His weekly e-newsletter, "Tenacious Play," comes out on Mondays; readers can subscribe to it at his website.
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MUSIC MINISTRY

Holy Night
Hallelujah
Let Heaven and Nature Sing! 
Carol of the Bells
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