This Sunday

The Live-Lamb Nativity

Rev David Chandler

Everybody at the first Christmas was there by chance. The animals were, of course, but also all those “travelers afar.” No Religious Exploration – Little Lights only. 

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Expresso yourself coffeehouse: December 29

Expresso yourself coffeehouse: December 29

The last Saturday of the month falls two nights before New Year's Eve. Expresso is hosting once again a New Year's Gala party for those that don't like parties. Bring your stories, poems, guitars, trombones and share a memory of the year. Open mic readers have 6 minutes to share. We'll have special hors d'oeuvres and desserts, punch, juices. A cash bar. Children, teens and adults welcome. Family-friendly! We will once again have international folk dancing, thanks to the Larger Circle Band and professional dance caller Jacob Bloom. Dances from Serbia, Israel, Ireland, Germany, Russia. People are still raving about the last time we did this. So come and join in the fun, either to enjoy as an audience member or to participate. Hope you can join us this year! Tickets available at https://expresso-yourself-2018.eventbrite.com. Questions? expressoyourselfcoffeehouse@gmail.com or 413-537-7582 Dance caller Jacob Bloom gears dances to the audience in front of him--children, teens, or adults--whether they've years of experience or have never danced before. He loves to help beginners get to an 'aha' moment when they understand the patterns. The Larger Circle Band formed as a way to experience the joy of playing international folk music. Violinist Fritz Fleischmann has been in similar folk bands for dozens of years. Other members include Susan Stromgren, Katrin Fischer, Nancy Kingsberry, Better Blais, Thea Iberall, Shirley Riga, and Key Bennett. The band/s name comes from a poem by Wendell Berry who says hands are joined in a dance/and the larger circle of all creatures/passing in and out of life.

First Parish people say:

What did I gain from being part of a UU Church? I had a really hard time organizing this. I mean I knew what to say...just not how to say it. I am what I learned so maybe I’m just too close. So I looked for inspiration.

Tyler would say something about our fathers being our models for God and how we’re all God’s unwanted children.

Donnie is agnostic and would talk to me about the spectrum of human emotion and then ask me what I know about time travel. Read the full testimonial.

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