Many of us love to give and receive gifts for Christmas. Of course it is also difficult to resist the pull of an overly materialistic Christmas. There are also situations where we feel torn between obligation and true desire to give gifts. Every year we sing Joy to the World: “Repeat the sounding joy. Repeat the sounding joy. Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.” How do we give that? This is our candle light worship service.
We will have a joyous time lighting candles, telling stories, and moving to the beats of African drumming. Storytellers will bring us on journeys not to be missed! We will celebrate the principles of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.
After publicly declaring that females deserve education as much as males, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the face by an agent of the Taliban. Ms. Yousafzai survived her attack and went on to be an international voice for empowerment. She says that every day she and her movement strengthen around a common cause. In the Biblical story, David beat Goliath against all odds. Community organizer Marshall Ganz, who worked with Cesar Chavez and the grape workers’ strike, teaches we can learn from those times when we win against such overwhelming odds.
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard the Vivaldi Gloria at USG, but it’s time to revisit this wonderful piece of music so frequently heard during the holidays. An exciting piece, it is filled with the vigor and drive of Vivaldi’s instrumental music – The Four Seasons, anyone? Yet is also has passages of great warmth and tenderness. It sparkles and glows and fills us with joy. Come kick off your holidays with this great music.