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Each year we celebrate the holiday season with a range of events, featuring a winter solstice ritual and a Christmas Eve service.

Christmas Eve candlelight service at Unitarian Universalist Society

Christmas services

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 community. Our usual Christmas Eve candlelight services will be combined into a single online service for 2020, and you are also invited to attend a holiday blues service that will focus on the difficulties many of us experience during the season – see below for details.

Winter solstice ritual

We also gather on the winter solstice each year to celebrate the lengthening days after a season of darkness. For 2020, you are invited to mark the solstice with a candlelit walk on the UUS grounds, with woodland and more accessible options to choose from. Reservations are required to help maintain social distancing – see below for details.

This year’s events

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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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Online Holiday Auction

November 22, 2020 - December 5, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Rd
Coralville, IA
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Bidding for our online holiday auction has begun and will finish on Saturday evening Dec. 5. Check out the many items available and plan to join us for the live auction event on Dec. 5 at 7 pm via Zoom.

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Online Holiday Auction Event

December 5, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Bring your own festive drinks and snacks as we celebrate the culmination of our online Holiday Auction. We will have both musical and comedy entertainment, a few live auction items, opportunities to meet for conversation groups in small breakout rooms, and excitement as the online auction draws to a close.

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Decorate the UUS Christmas Tree

December 6, 2020 - December 24, 2020
Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Rd
Coralville, IA
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Bring an ornament from home to decorate the tree in UUS's entryway any time between Dec. 6-24, and take home an ornament made by UUS members. On the afternoon of Dec. 24 we'll be moving the tree into the sanctuary for our online Christmas Eve service.

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Holiday Blues Service

December 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Rd
Coralville, IA
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The holiday blues service, "Find a Stillness," is for all of us who are having a hard time with the holidays this year. Led by a worship team of Rev. Diana Smith, Val Bowman, and Dave Rowe, it will be a time for all of us to create space together, and to hold all of our complex feelings in this challenging year.

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Candlelit Solstice Walks

December 19, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the Owl Moon Covenant of UU Pagans (CUUPS) and Rev. Diana Smith for a special candlelit solstice walk with activity stations on Saturday, Dec. 19. There will be an option to walk through the woods and a more accessible option around the UUS building. Reserve a time in advance between 4 and 7 pm - vistitors welcome.

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Winter Solstice Service

December 20, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Rd
Coralville, IA
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Join us for an online Sunday service, "A Season of Light and Dark," celebrating the returning of the sun after our annual season of darkness.

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Christmas Eve Service

December 24, 2020 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Society, 2355 Oakdale Rd
Coralville, IA
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This year we will hold one virtual Christmas Eve service via Zoom. Kits for the Christmas Eve service will be available for pickup at UUS.

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