Sunday, December 25, 2011

Holiday Special: Baboushka

On Sunday, December 18th at 6 pm in the Alvord Theater, Northland College, the CUUF will present our annual holiday service. Children, youth, and parents of the Religious Education program have prepared a holiday play of the Russian folk-story, "Baboushka." As the tale goes, Baboushka searches still for the Christ Child she learned of once long ago from the traveling sages. As she searches, she leaves gifts of toys and baubles in the homes of children the world over. Northland College Campus Minister David Saetre will reflect on the poignant tale of Baboushka - what might we learn from her journey?

In addition to the play and David's reflection, there will be congregational singing of traditional carols and special music by pianist Joni Chapman and soloist Amanda Shuga. The CUUF string ensemble will accompany our traditional walk through the spiral of greens. The service will close with a candlelight carol followed by fellowship and refreshments. We hope you will join us for this special service. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Incarnation-The Sacred is in the Profane by David Saetre

This talk is the third in the year-long series, “Reconstructing Religious Thought:  Classical Themes Reconsidered.”  This month we explore the idea of the divine or sacred taking on earthly form.  The idea of incarnation is central to the Christian celebration of Christmas.  A 19th century English hymn ends each verse with the line, “God in flesh made manifest.”  That’s the idea behind the incarnation:  that the sacred, the transcendent, have entered into the immanent world of flesh and blood.

The idea of incarnation is not unique to Christianity.  The Hindu figure of Krishna is an incarnation of the deity Vishnu, for example.  What might we discover for our lives today in considering this classical idea from the world’s great religions?  How does the search for the transcendent find its way into our own lives today?  These are some of the questions and ideas we will explore together as we gather for the first Sunday in December.