Periodically throughout the year all the children and youth in our program gather for what we call Celebration Sundays. We celebrate seasonal holidays/holy days within a UU context. These days include elements of the holy day and our connection to it or to the tradition from which it comes. Celebrations Sundays are fun but meaningful times when our young people all together with age appropriate activities so all can participate.
Chalica is a Unitarian Universalist holiday observance. Begun in 2005, Chalica is a weeklong holiday, starting on the first Monday in December, with each day focused on one of the seven UU Principles. We will be talking about Chalica and making chalices to take home as we celebrate Chalica together on Sunday 29 November 2015 and prepare to celebrate Chalica at home. This year Chalica begins on Monday 7 December.
An African American and Pan-African holiday celebrated by millions throughout the world African community, Kwanzaa brings a cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense. (from the official Kwanzaa web site) Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the Western African diaspora in the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, lifting up an essential community value each day, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. On Sunday 27 December 2015we will discuss all the blessings of Kwanzaa, particularly self-determination, as we look at Kwanzaa in light of Black Lives Matter and Standing Up for Racial Justice and enjoy and explore a typical Kwanzaa feast.
Three Kings Day
Variously known as Epiphany, Little Christmas or Three Kings Day. Three Kings Day celebrates the visitation of the three wise men/kings to the infant Jesus. It is also the 12th Day of Christmas and therefore the end of Christmastide. In many countries and cultures Three Kings Day is the central holy day around the birth of Jesus. On Sunday 3 January 2016 We will explore the meanings and celebrations of Three Kings from Central and South America.
We celebrate Purim with the dramatic re-telling of the story of Esther, seasonal foods and a Purim Carnival. On Sunday March 2016 children and youth are invited to come in costume and bring a box of mac 'n cheese (to use as a gragger [noisemaker] for the story portion of the morning).
End of Year UU Celebration
The Secondary class will be creating a worship service & celebration for the whole church school. There will be chances for all to participate in a fun meaningful event to cap off this year.