Feeding the Spirit on the Feast Day of Consumption: Living into our Gifts
Friday, November 23 • 10:00 a.m.
Service followed by optional reflection discussion.
Church’s fifth annual “Black Friday at Church” offers an opportunity to
launch the Advent and Christmas season with spiritual renewal,
fellowship, and good cheer, instead of habitual consumerism. Sometimes
called “the holiest of shopping days,” Black Friday is no longer just a
feast day of consumption. This year we explore meanings of abundance and
doing more with what we have with our theme Living into our Gifts.
fellow Unity Church members, families, and neighbors on the Friday
morning after Thanksgiving (Black Friday in the consumer world) in a
worship service featuring cultural critique, spiritual depth,
conversation, children’s participation, wonderful music, and some fun.
Our service will include special guest speaker, James Farrell, Professor
of History, American Studies, Environmental Studies and American
Conversations at St. Olaf College. Professor Farrell is an
interdisciplinary scholar whose teaching has included courses on
Environmental History, the Mall of America, Nuclear Weapons and American
Culture, Walt Disney’s America, Consuming College Culture, and Campus
After the service, we’ll share fellowship
in the Parish Hall and, for those who would like, an opportunity to join
in a reflective conversation about the service, what Advent might look
like from a Unitarian Universalist perspective, the opportunities to be
found in the Christmas season, and how we might make changes in our own
lives. Activities for children and families, and child care will be
We invite you to share your thoughts in
advance of the service so that we may include some of them in the
Collage of Voices in the service. If the Black Friday theme evokes a
response, or if the words Living into our Gifts bring to mind a story of
being called to do “something bigger” with one’s gifts, please share
your thoughts in writing with us. E-mail your writing to Jim Foti at firstname.lastname@example.org
by November 5.