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The winter holiday season is a time of awe, a time to ponder the mystery of creation and consider our place within it with a sense of wonder and humility.

Christmas Eve candlelight service at Unitarian Universalist Society

Christmas

We celebrate Christmas with candlelight services that touch our diverse religous perspectives and backgrounds. In keeping with our UU principles, we gather on Christmas Eve to appreciate the wonder and potential of all children, the importance of generosity and compassion to those in need, and the warmth of our shared humanity. We also typically hold a Christmas pageant during the Sunday service just before Christmas, as well as other holdiday events.

Winter solstice

We gather on the winter solstice for a ritual led by the Owl Moon Covenant of UU Pagans. With music and reflections, we celebrate the return of the sun on the year’s longest night. This is a family-friendly event and all are welcome.

This year’s celebrations

Events will be listed here as dates and times become available.

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Steinway-In-Residence Concert

December 15, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Rd
Coralville, IA
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This concert will showcase the Steinway piano currently on loan from West Music. It will feature UU talent and invited guest musicians playing everything from holiday tunes to a Liszt Sonata to an exciting multi-player piece. Reception to follow. Free admission, open to all.

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Winter Solstice Celebration

December 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Rd
Coralville, IA
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Gather on the longest night of the year to celebrate the returning of the light with a winter solstice ritual. The Owl Moon Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPs) will lead us in reflection, song, drumming, and celebration of all the gifts our community brings. Family friendly, all are welcome.

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Christmas Pageant

December 22, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Rd
Coralville, IA
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“Spirit of the Christmas Tree” is an intergenerational worship service reenacting the Christmas nativity story from a Unitarian Universalist perspective. With an all-ages cast and musical numbers, the pageant touches on themes of love, forgiveness, and social justice.

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Lively Christmas Eve Service

December 24, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

The 5:30 pm Christmas Eve service is family-friendly with a livelier spirit than our later service. Both services are open to all and include the tradition of lighting candles and singing Silent Night. Social time at 6:30, no childcare.

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Evening Christmas Eve Service

December 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Rd
Coralville, IA
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The 7 pm service is more quiet and contemplative than our earlier family service. Both services are open to all and include the tradition of lighting candles and singing Silent Night. Social time at 6:30, no childcare.

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Very Merry Vegan Plantluck

December 25, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Rd
Coralville, IA
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If you don't have other plans on Christmas Day, the UU Vegetarian Community invites you to join them for a "plantluck" meal in Fellowship Hall. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a favorite plant-based holiday dish (excluding animal flesh, dairy and eggs) for 8 to 10 servings.

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