Saturday, December 6, 2008

December Services

December 7: Imagine No Religion – While watching Bill Maher’s satirical documentary, Religulous, the words of John Lennon’s utopian anthem “Imagine” entered my thoughts: “Imagine there’s no countries. / It isn’t hard to do. / Nothing to kill or die for, / and no religion too. / Imagine all the people / Living life in peace.” Imagine no religion? In Maher’s view, religion seems ridiculous, at its best, and an incitement to violence, at its worst. On leaving the theatre, imagining a world without religion seemed like a good idea. Or is it? Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson

December 21: The Feast of Stephen (Colbert) – Christmas is such an ancient festival that it’s very easy to fall into a rut at this time of year. While the economic downtown may serve to curtail the worst of the season’s consumer excesses, there's no reason why merriment can't prevail. This year, humorist Stephen Colbert has reminded us what G.K. Chesterton meant when he wrote, "Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly!" Join us for a light-hearted celebration of the festival of light. As is our custom, we invite those joining us for this service to bring gifts for The Mitten Tree -- clothing, nonperishable food items, toys and gifts -- to be passed on to the Arborg Cheer Board. Rev. Stefan M. Jonasson

Services begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Arborg Unitarian Church, Ingolfs Street at River Road, followed by light refreshments. Everyone welcome!