Threw out the sermon entirely.
Why, why are we UU's stuck in a Protestant paradigm of sermon and Sunday School? Aren't we supposed to be seekers, universalists, innovators?
So without a sermon, what did we do?
- Tibetan bowls played while folks walked a labyrinth.
- Yoga - a member yogini.
- Zen Doodling - offered by our Youth Coordinator/Seminarian
- Life Collage - a certified SoulCollage facilitator offered a New Years Intention custom collage making workshop.
- A Winter Walk - around a nearby lake
- A Chat Room
- A robust refreshment hour with New Year's traditional foods and a Bluegrass Gospel band.
The wise ones winked at me and said, "This is really just All SpiritJam; All the Time, isn't it?" You betcha. All ages were invited to choose a 25 or 50 minute option. The preschool was open. Folks were mixing it up.
I admit I lost some sleep beforehand, worrying about the radical format. But the place was packed at 9 a.m. even with temperatures at 1 degree.
Folks came prepared for yoga with a mat, or for the walk. We had 2 families arrive whom we hadn't seen in 3 years. One little girl said, "I never want to leave church!"
Those who came without any idea of what was happening chose their options and participated. The evaluations were glowing. "Do it more!" they said over and over. OK, we will see what we can do!