Sunday mornings, 10:00 AM
|December 1: Rev. Dennis McCarty’s “Carving Your Dreams into Stone” series will continue with a question: “Who Gets to Dream?” The things a person dares dream about are an expression of social standing and privilege—or the lack thereof. Where a white-collar child in the U.S. can dream of an Ivy-League education and a powerful career, a child in the Sudan may just dream of having enough water to drink. What does this mean to us? How do diverse dreams stack up in the big religious picture?
|December 8: Our “Carving Your Dreams into Stone” series will ponder, just what is “A Community of Dreamers?” This church has been an increasingly important piece of the religious landscape in Columbus, Indiana for a long time. We have been a lively and content—perhaps in some ways even too content—religious community. What might the future hold for us? Are there ways our individual journeys might twine into a more fulfilling community for all of us—and have an even more profound impact on our environs? Rev. Dennis McCarty will ponder the possibilities.
|December 15: Rev. Dennis McCarty will conclude “Carving Your Dreams into Stone with “The World We Dream Of.” The world seems torn by religious, economic, and social turmoil. Violence seems to thrive in every quarter. What reason do we have to be optimistic about humankind’s future? What role can our individual religious journeys play—what meaning can one life have—against such a vast and shadowed backdrop? Rev. Dennis will lift up the indomitable human spirit and our place in the world.
|December 22: Shari Woodbury, our Intern Minister, will preach on “Pure Jesus” in this Christmas-time service. Join us to celebrate the original goodness of all newborn babes and to learn about the “pure Christianity” of our UU forebears. Most importantly, come to hear some of the purest teachings of Jesus, as conveyed in the mystical Gospel of Thomas. As we gather in supportive community, there will also be an opportunity to acknowledge loved ones who are no longer with us this holiday season. ** The elementary aged children will stay in the sanctuary after Words for All Ages.
|December 24, 7:00 PM: We will celebrate the warmth and joy of Christmas with our annual Christmas Eve candle light service. Rev. Dennis McCarty and our Parish Intern, Shari Woodbury, will preside over music and ritual in what is always an evening of warmth, light, and love.
|December 29: Rev. Dennis McCarty will expound on “What’s a Prophet and Why Does It Matter?” Sages, seers, and gurus abound in religious traditions around the world--but it seems as though the Western religious tradition is uniquely full of prophets. From Abraham to Muhammad, from Ezekiel to Jesus, most Western religious texts are written by or about prophets. What does that mean? What can they tell us about our own religious journey and why should we listen?
With reason and love as our guides, and without dogma or creed, we are a religious community dedicated to the free and responsible search for meaning and interconnectedness. We gather to provide a sanctuary for diversity, to provide education for our children and ourselves, to promote social responsibility and justice, to celebrate life, and to be inspired to be our best selves.
We are a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations.
We are officially recognized as a LGBTQ Welcoming Congregation.