Living the Theme: Holidays on Fire (Christology)

Christology is the field of study concerned with the ontology and person of Jesus as recorded in the canonical Gospels and the epistles of the New Testament.

Whether you agree or not with mainstream Christian theology, our society and culture is heavily influenced by these stories. It is something we should be familiar with, and explore as part of our Unitarian Universalist heritage. Even today, Unitarianism and Universalism present heretical views about the interpretation of Biblical scripture. And yet, there are beautiful words and wisdom to be found in our fourth source: Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves. We are called to radical love by the message of a great teacher, Jesus.

“Many Unitarian Universalists say that Jesus was a wise and beloved teacher, whether or not he was the son of God. They say it is important to remember him because he taught us to treat people with love and to stand up for justice and peace. They believe that now, two thousand years later, we can still learn from the life and lessons of Jesus … We can celebrate the life of Jesus on any day, by trying to live as he did, with full hearts, loving words, and kind actions.” ~ Lynn Tuttle Gunney

Goals

Become familiar with two holidays that inform Unitarian Universalism and American society

Explore the Jewish and Christian teachings as part of our sources

Taking It Home

Make time to explore the roots of the holiday traditions your family has. You can gather and answer questions like:

What traditions did I have growing up and what feelings did they invoke in me?

If you grew up Jewish or in a Christian tradition: Are there things about Christmas or Hanukkah that you miss? Why?

What are the things you take down out of your attic each year (metaphorically) at this time?

Our RE Stories for the Theme

Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel

Meet Jesus, by Lynn Tuttle Gunney

 

Join us on December 16th for our multigenerational radio play presenting a Unitarian Universalist view of the Christmas story. 9:00 am and 11:00 am.