Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Burlington, Iowa
December 1: DOCTRINE OF DISCOVERY
We will open the month with a discussion of the 2012 UUA Responsive Resolution regarding the Doctrine of Discovery. We will view a couple of videos provided by the UUA and discuss how the Doctrine of Discovery continues to form our foreign policy initiatives. Sunday School will be provided.
December 8: THE SECOND PRINCIPLE: SOCIAL JUSTICE, EQUITY AND COMPASSION
Rick Johnson will lead our service this morning as we examine the Second Principle, which deals with social justice, equity and compassion in human relations. We will explore how the move to privatize the prison system in the US undermines the rights our Constitution accords those accused of crimes. Our shared UU faith can empower us to speak out against these inequities. This is a good lead into Human Rights Day, December 10th. Sunday School will be provided.
December 15: TORTURE IN OUR PRISONS
To follow up on last week's topic our program will discuss the issue of torture as we examine material from the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. Their campaign in conjunction with National Human Rights Day focuses on the issue of solitary confinement and torture in our prisons. Over 80,000 individuals are held in long-term solitary confinement in our prison system, a situation that dehumanizes them and results in psychological and emotional damage to the prisoners.
December 22: WINTER SOLSTICE
The Winter Solstice is upon us, the time of the longest night. Rick Johnson will share writings and music inspired by the Solstice during this service. We will examine how something as simple as the position of the planet relative to the sun can have such a significant impact on people throughout the generations. From earliest recorded history the longest night has left its mark on human culture. Sunday School will be provided.
December 24: CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Come join us for a time of carol singing and celebration of the birth of Jesus. Beginning at 7:00 PM we will gather to sing traditional carols, read the story of Jesus' birth from the Christian Scriptures, and share our own stories of Christmas joys and blessings. We will enjoy coffee, hot cocoa and treats after the service.
Council Meeting: 3rd Wednesday every month at 7 unless announced otherwise.
The Bond of Union
of the Unitarian Universalists
First: Complete mental freedom, rather than bondage to creeds or confessions
Second: The unrestricted use of reason, rather than reliance upon external authority or past tradition
Third: Generous tolerance of differing religious views and usages, rather than insistence upon uniformity in doctrine or usage