Archive of Sunday Sermons
In addition to sermons by settled and interim ministers, the archive includes guest and lay-led services. In particular, it is our tradition that most summer services are organized by the Worship Associates with lay speakers, some of which are represented in the archive.
|Dec 30||Kwanzaa: Day of Celebration, Assessment and Feasting - An All Ages Service by Carmelita Carter-Sykes with Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate, and the Chalice Dancers|
This service sponsored by our Diversity/Anti Racism Transformation Team will feature traditional music, drumming, stories, the Chalice Dancers and talk on Living in Post Racial America, in the Kwanzaa tradition of assessment as part of this end of year celebration. The service will be followed immediately by the Kwanzaa Sharing Feast.
|Dec 24||Christmas Eve Candlelight and Carol Service by Rev. Diane Teichert, with Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate, the Choir and Chalice Dancers|
Come, sing carols familiar and carols new, and hear the nativity story from a perhaps surprising source: the Quran. Enjoy our liturgical dance group and the music of our Adult Choir, and soloists Muriel Morisey, Jim Flaherty, Don Mitchell and Ebeth Porter.
|Dec 24||All Ages Christmas Eve Candlelight and Carol Service by Rev. Diane Teichert and Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religious Exploration, With Worship Associate Montana Monardes, the PBUUC Youth Singers, and Chalice Dancers|
ALL AGES SERVICES WITH LIVING NATIVITY The Christmas Story will unfold in a spirited, no-rehearsal nativity pageant. Wear your own barn animal, angel, shepherd or magi costume, or don one of ours, or just watch and be enthralled. Music will include the Youth Singers, a duet by Milan and Montana Monardes, a solo by Genie, and also Allison Hughes and Arun Ivatury will sing the parts of Mary and Joseph in a lullaby composed by David Chapman, Music Director.
|Dec 23||All Ages Winter Solstice Service: The Death of Light by Featuring a Dramatization by Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religious Exploration The All Ages Holiday Choir, with Rev. Diane Teichert, and Jonathan Mawdsley, Worship Associate|
In our story from Norse mythology, a debate rages over the favoring of light over darkness, life over death, beauty over ugliness, and what is popular versus what is not. We will find out if there is, indeed, anything redeemable about the death of light. Please bring warm items for the Mitten Tree. Children and Youth remain in the Sanctuary for the hour, but nursery care is provided in Room 5.
|Dec 16||Widening the Circle: the Role of Hospitality by Rev. Diane Teichert with leaders of the Membership Matrix and Ken Redd, Worship Associate|
Being hospitable is taking new forms at PBUUC, with intentionality and generosity. Newcomers are invited for informal conversation with the Minister in her office from 11:30 to 12:30.
|Dec 9||Darkest Sun, Darkest Moon Holiday Choir Service by PBUUC Choir with David Chapman, Music Director and Pianist, Rev. Diane Teichert, and John Sebastian, Worship Associate|
This annual favorite features a variety of holiday pieces, including a favorite Hanukkah song that gives rise to the homily. Kwanzaa will be introduced in the Together Time.
|Dec 2||Our Fourth Source: Jewish and Christian Teachings by Rev. Rev. Diane Teichert, Minister and Bettie Young, Worship Associate|
How do we Unitarian Universalists draw meaning from the Biblical Scriptures, and what meanings do we draw? Today is Signing Sunday, for those who wish to sign the PBUUC Membership Book.
|Nov 25||Credo Means I Believe by Lee Dudek, Tabitha Pierzchala and Ebeth Porter with Worship Associate Celinda Marsh and Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religious Exploration|
Three PBUUC members will tell about their faith journeys to Unitarian Universalism and share the nature of their beliefs today. The Credo Service is always a perennial favorite because it reveals the commonalities and differences among us. We are all on a journey! Join us!
|Nov 18||From This We Live by Rev. Diane Teichert and Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religious Exploration with Bettie Young, Worship Associate and the Choir|
We come together grateful for so much giving and receiving - from the earth, each other, our community, the world! We will share a Bread Communion (if you can offer a home-made loaf, please let us know!) and hear about this years Guest at Your Table collection for the UU Service Committee. Please bring not-too-perishable produce or non-perishables for a local pantry. It is also Signing Sunday - for those who are ready to sign the PBUUC Membership Book, meet the Minister and Board member at the chalice after the service. Stay for lunch and a forum on our Site Improvement plans for the parking lot and its environs, with childcare provided.
|Nov 11||Serving Our Country by Rev. Diane Teichert with Montana Monardes, Worship Associate|
Post-Election Day change: we will begin the service with a grand celebration of the success of Question 6-Marriage Equality. Then we will continue with our original plan, more or less: On this Veterans Day we ask, Who is serving? and explore the answer relative to the democratic process (our 5th UU Principle), touching in a non-partisan way on Election Days referenda results. Newcomers are invited for informal conversation with the Minister in her office from 11:30 to 12:30.
|Nov 4||What is Set in Stone? by Rev. Diane Teichert and Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religious Exploration with Ken Redd, Worship Associate and the Choir|
This service features 2011 Auction Fare: the Together Time about "hidden charity" won by Paul Young and the Sermon, won by Mike Stark and Jonathan Mawdsley,"Ayn Rand, the financial collapse, and/or the music of Bruce Springsteen" (from a UU perspective, of course!).
|Oct 28||Glitter or Gold: How Does the UN Matter? by Rev. Diane Teichert with John Sebastian and Bettie Young, Worship Associates and the Choir|
On the Golden Anniversary of the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations and the 65th anniversary of United Nations Day, the creation of which was spearheaded by Unitarian lay leaders, we might ask whether the UN has been or can be effective in promoting peace. A Special Collection will be taken for the UU United Nations Office (see Branches, page 7). It is also Signing Sunday - for those who are ready to sign the PBUUC Membership Book, meet the Minister and Board member at the chalice after the postlude.
|Oct 21||Our Second Source: The Prophets by Rev. Diane Teichert with Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate|
Looking to the Hebrew prophets of old, and others, we will ask, What is the nature of the prophetic? Newcomers are invited for informal conversation with the Minister in her office from 11:30 to 12:30.
|Oct 14||Souls to the Polls by Rev. Diane Teichert with Jonathan Mawdsley, Worship Associate|
With Maryland's marriage equality law on the ballot this fall, we will reflect on the history of UU and PBUUC advocacy for GLBT people up to the present when UU support of Question 6 is called "stunning" by campaign staff. Will Marylanders be the first in the nation to endorse marriage equality in a popular vote? Sermon follow-up during Enrichment Hour.
|Oct 7||Dreamers and the Dream by Guest Preacher Rev. Carlton Elliott Smith with John Sebastian Worship Associate|
With Maryland's DREAM Act on the ballot this fall, Rev. Smith (see bio, Branches, pg 11) will reflect on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King's dream for the United States, and the dreams of the Dreamers--the young people who would most directly benefit from the passage of the DREAM Act, two of whom you meet today. Sermon follow-up during Enrichment Hour.
|Sep 30||What Do I Believe? The Coming of Age Class Speaks! by The Coming of Age Class with their Parents, Mentors and Class Facilitators, Erica Shadowsong, DRE, Rev. Teichert, Choir, Carol Carter Walker and Montana Monardes, Worship Associates|
Today some of our 7th-9th grade youth will share their Credo Statements. It is also Signing Sunday - for those who are ready to sign the PBUUC Membership Book, meet the Minister and Board member at the chalice after the postlude.
|Sep 23||Sustaining the Long View by Guest Preacher Rev. Louise Green with Ken Redd, Worship Associate, and the Chalice Dancers, Erica Shadowsong, DRE|
It's easy to lose perspective while immersed in the immediate--in our day-to-day lives and relationships, in professional and congregational work. Join Rev. Louise Green (see bio in Branches) as she explores how to keep a grounded sense of the long haul, and maintain our spirits. What might nature teach us about sustaining the long view?
|Sep 16||The First Source: Our Own Experience by Rev. Diane Teichert with Worship Associates Celinda Marsh and Jonathan Mawdsley|
Religious Exploration for preschool through high school starts today. Our direct experience of transcending mystery and wonder moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life, and from this we may know faith. A Special Collection will be taken for the Anacostia Watershed Association. Newcomers are invited to meet for informal conversation with the minister from 11:30 -12:30 in her office.
|Sep 9||Celebrating the Sources of Our Living Tradition by Rev. Diane Teichert and Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religous Exploration|
Children and youth participate for the entire service- Nursery care is provided for the youngest. We rejoice to come together after summer's diversions and introduce our theme for the year: The Six Sources of Unitarian Universalism. Please bring a small amount of water representing your summer's most meaningful story (for newcomers or those who forgot, pitchers of water will be available). Music Director David Chapman will direct the choir once again! Stay for the Involvements Fair during Coffee Hour and learn about the many ways to participate in PBUUC life.
|Sep 2||Annual Poetry Service by Don Mitchell, Worship Associate|
For our final Summer Service, poets among us - led by Shantida - will share in ways diverse and colorful, and the kids will enjoy Summer Fun one last time.
|Aug 26||Energy Efficiency by John Sebastian, Worship Associate|
Tabitha Pierzchala will show us how we can reduce our drain on natural resources, reduce our carbon footprint and save money, all at the same time.
|Aug 19||Try Throwing Socks by Ken Redd, Worship Associate|
Minister Diane Teichert returns to the pulpit. Musings on conflict resolution styles in a Beloved Community. Today is Signing Sunday - for those who are ready to join the church, meet Diane at the chalice after the postlude.
|Aug 12||Deceit and Self-Deceit by Celinda Marsh, Worship Associate|
The Quest discussion group, led by Lowell Owens, will share with us insight gained from their recent discussion on this topic. Newcomers may meet with the Minister in her office after Sunday service from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm.
|Aug 5||Blessing of the Animals by Jim Flaherty, Claire Boston, Worship Associate|
Jim Flaherty provides a time for us to reflect on the animals with which we share our planet and our homes, and on this day, even our church. Well-behaved animals may come to church! We encourage all to take care of themselves and families in deciding if you or your children will attend the service, especially if you have allergies. A special collection will be taken for Kids Cafe of the Capital Area Food Bank.
|Jul 29||The Difference Between Knowing and Believing by Celinda Marsh, Worship Associaste, with Marilyn Pearl, Worship Associate|
Celinda Marsh feels people of science and faith use these words interchangeably, but they are not really synonyms at all.
|Jul 22||You and "Ethical Eating:" What's Right for You? by Mary "Tyrtle" Rooker, Teresa Meeks, Sandy Roberts, Alice Tyler and John Sebastian, Worship Associate, Audrey Andrist, Guest Pianist|
Confused by conflicting studies about which foods are healthful? What do "sustainable" and "humane" mean? Does it matter? Our personal experiences, combined with surprising scientific revelations and simple tips that expose common marketing tricks, can help you decide which food choices are right for you. Following the service is a special Reverberations Enrichment Hour with a variety of hearty, healthful foods, so bring your appetite for good food and greater understanding.
|Jul 15||Myths About the Middle East and Islam by Theresa Myrdon with Carol Carter Walker, Worhsip Associate, Audrey Andrist, Guest Pianist|
In the wake of 9/11, Islamaphobia rose in the United States. This irrational fear, anger, and prejudice against Arabs and Muslims is often based on misunderstandings and half-truths. Come learn a bit about the Middle East, the difference between Arabs and Muslims, and the core principles of Islam and how extremists have interpreted them to justify terrorism.
|Jul 8||Paint Branch Music Service by Don Mitchell, Worship Associate and Audrey Andrist, Guest Pianist|
Don Mitchell will lead this summer tradition. Some of the best vocal and instrumental talent Paint Branch has to offer. A Special Collection will be taken for Community Crisis Center, Inc., the Prince George’s County non-profit organization who, among its many service offerings to county residents, coordinates Warm Nights with PBUUC among it.
|Jul 1||Baruch Spinoza and His God by Nancy Boardman with Ken Redd, Worship Associate, Audrey Andrist, Guest Pianist|
Of the great philosophers in world history, Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) may be the most Unitarian Universalist. He was an early advocate of free speech, democracy, and following the truth wherever it leads. When it comes to religion, Spinoza was the ultimate iconoclast. Daniel Spiro, who has coordinated the Washington Spinoza Society for the past ten years, will grapple with the teachings of this heretic, who has been called both an "atheist" and a "God-intoxicated" man. Dan will lead a further discussion of Spinoza during the enrichment hour after the service.
|Jun 18||Intentionally Multicultural Families by Muriel Morisey and others, with Marilyn Pearl, Worship Associate|
What are the particular joys and challenges of being a multicultural family? How do our UU principles shape such families? What makes a family "multicultural"? Muriel Morisey and Peter Wathen-Dunn, and others from PBUUC's multicultural families, will share personal reflections and social commentary on these questions. Tom Benjamin, Music Director at the UU Church of Columbia, will be our Guest Pianist. All are invited to a Farewell Party for Rebecca Birnie, Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper, at noon in the Kelley Room.
|Jun 17||Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom by Leo Jones and others, with Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate|
Hear the story of the slaves in Texas, who did not learn they had been freed until two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. A new dance will be performed, commissioned by the 2011 Auction Winner. Today is Signing Sunday-for those who are ready to join the church, meet the Minister at the chalice after the postlude. Following the service will be a Juneteenth meal.
|Jun 10||Celebrating Our Year in Religious Exploration by Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religious Exploration, with Rev. Diane Teichert|
Join us for this All Ages service in which our children and youth share what they've experienced together this year, and we celebrate the many volunteers who make our RE program so cool! Everyone is invited to stay for the Annual Meeting following the service, with childcare provided.
|Jun 3||Best to be Singing: Annual Choir Service by Rev. Diane Teichert with Ken Redd, Worship Associate PBUUC Choir with Mark Zimmerman, Guest Conductor, and Yee Von Ng, Guest Pianist|
For this mostly-music service, Music Director David Chapman, who has been on sick leave since early March, has chosen his favorites from the year and one new piece, “Best to Be Singing in Difficult Times.” We will also recognize our graduating high school seniors. An unusual Special Collection will be taken, to help with guest musician expenses. Newcomers are invited to meet for informal Q&A about PBUUC and UUism with the Minister from 11:30-12:30 in her office in the RE Building.
|May 27||Radical Hospitality: An Ethic of Welcoming by Guest Preacher Rev. Bruce T. Marshall, with Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religious Exploration|
Who is in our circle? Who is beyond it? The issue of inclusion and exclusion are central to any religious community. Join Rev. Bruce Marshall as he explores Radical Hospitality—an openness to the strangers we encounter as well as to the stranger who resides deep inside each of us. With Denise Brenner, Guest Pianist, and Special Music by Cleante Apollon. Multi-Age Activities after the Singaway Song – no Religious Exploration Classes. Nursery Care as always, 9:45-12:45.
|May 20||Life's Endings by Rev. Diane Teichert with John Sebastian, Worship Associate; Elizabeth Benefiel, Guest Pianist|
A recent article in the NY Times Magazine called death "the most dire time of life." Must it be so? This is a 2011 Auction sermon, won by Ken Montville. Newcomers are invited to meet for informal Q&A about PBUUC and UUism with the minister from 11:30-12:30 in her office in the RE Building.
|May 13||Life's Longing for Itself by Rev. Diane Teichert with Don Mitchell, Worship Associate; Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religious Exploration; Guest Pianist, Audrey Andrist, and the Choir conducted by Allison Hughes|
If our children are not our children, but Life's longing for itself, as the poet Kahlil Gibran wrote and the choir will sing, then what is the role of our church in raising them to be who they are called to be, what our world will need them to be? Child Dedication Ceremony in the service. Today is also Signing Sunday—for those who are ready to join the church, meet at the chalice after the postlude.
|May 6||The Magic of Youth: How the Seven Principles Guide the Lives of Young People by Our Youth Group with Claire Boston, Worship Associate; Lenard Starks, Guest Pianist; Special Music by youth Margaret Pitman, Mary Wester, Montana Monardes and Genie Ahearn|
This is the annual Youth-Led Service, always one not to miss! Their advisors this year are Criss Kovac, Michael Léger, Jessica Sharp and Mike Stark. The Special Collection will be for the CROP Walk.
|Apr 29||The Annual Dance Service: This Most Amazing Day by The Paint Branch Chalice Dancers, Sharon Werth, Director|
A Time to Say "Yes" with the Body, Mind and Soul. Featuring the Erika Thimey Dance Company and Dancers of the UU Church of Arlington VA; The Paint Branch Choir, with Carol Carter-Walker, Worship Associate, Rev. Diane Teichert and Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religious Exploration
|Apr 22||Water for All; Earth Day Celebration by Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religious Exploration, with Rev. Diane Teichert, Sharon Werth, Director of the Chalice Dancers, the PBUUC Youth Singers and Kids Choir|
Representing land and sea, the sandpiper and the whale of a traditional island tale ask us: Who has a right to the world’s natural resources? Today we explore our fragile relationship with water and with each other, in a service with roles for many and lessons for all. Nursery care is provided for the very youngest, while children and youth participate in the Meeting House. Today is Signing Sunday – for those who are ready to join the church, meet at the chalice after the postlude.
|Apr 15||To Forgive is Divine by Rev. Diane Teichert with Worship Associate John Sebastian|
In families as well as in the Beloved Community our church aspires to be, how can we better communicate our disappointments in each other so that apologies are given and accepted, improvements occur where possible, and relationships are deepened? We will receive our newest Members and take a Special Collection for Action in Montgomery to support their work on behalf of the Maryland Dream Act.
|Apr 8||Not My Bones Easter Service with Flower Communion by Guest Preacher Rev. Archene Turner, with Don Mitchell, Worship Associate, Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religious Exploration, and the Choir|
Please bring flowers from garden or roadside for our Flower Communion, the historic Czech Unitarian celebration of Earth's annual rebirth, and join Rev. Archene Turner as she explores the story of Fortune's bones and the messages of Easter.
|Apr 1||April Fools! by Rev. Diane Teichert with Ken Redd, Worship Associate and Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religious Exploration|
Guess what? Some foolishness! Newcomers are invited to meet for informal Q&A about PBUUC and UUism with the minister from 11:30-12:30 in her office in the RE Building.
|Mar 25||How to Greet the Day by Rev. Diane Teichert with Marilyn Pearl, Worship Asociate|
The rhythms and rituals of our lives have long been the province of the poets, prophets, and storytellers. Maybe humans have struggled since time immemorial to balance work and play, spirit and survival? A Special Collection will be taken today to benefit Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice (see p 7 of Branches). Today is Signing Sunday - for those who are ready to sign the PBUUC Membership Book, meet the Minister and Board member at the chalice after the postlude.
|Mar 18||World on the Edge by The Worship Associates Annual Auction Service with Special Music by Jeri Holloway on Clarinet|
What is happening to our Earth? What can we do? This is the Worship Associates' annual Auction Service, this year won by Marj Donn, whose passion is mobilizing people to save our environment. The latest book by Lester Brown, World on the Edge, inspires the service and all Worship Associates will be participating.
|Mar 11||Mother Jones, Local Heroine by Rev. Diane Teichert with Carol Carter Walker, Worship Associate|
In honor of International Women's Day, we explore the story of Mary Harris "Mother" Jones, fiery American labor and community organizer, who lived her last years in Adelphi near our church. Newcomers are invited to meet for informal Q&A about PBUUC and UUism with the minister from 11:30-12:30 in her office in the Religious Exploration Building, children's activities provided.
|Mar 4||Some Church! A Celebration of our Beloved Community by Rev. Diane Teichert with Don Mitchell, Worship Associate|
A child's idealistic love and the spider's creative ingenuity saves the life of Wilbur - the terrific, radiant and humble pig-with roles for many and lessons for us all. The service will end with the Chalice Dancers leading a joyous, dancing celebration of our Beloved Community! Nursery care provided for the very youngest, while children and youth participate in the Meeting House. Please stay after the service for the Town Hall Meeting, a mid-year congregational conversation led by the Board of Trustees, with children's activities concurrent.
|Feb 26||Serving with Grace by Rev. Alida deCoster with Don Mitchell, Worship Associate, and the Choir|
What might it mean to live gracefully, to live and serve with grace? How can we draw on the â€śspirit of lifeâ€ť as we decide where and how to use our time and talents in our busy lives, our busy church? The guest preacher was formerly on staff at the UUA's Washington Office for Advocacy and now works in private practice as a spiritual director.
|Feb 19||Let Us Pray by Rev. Diane Teichert with Ken Redd, Worship Associate; Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religious Exploration|
Now that “to tebow” has become a verb, named after the praying football player, talk of the means, whys and efficacies of prayer swirl in the media and we ponder our own answers. Today is Signing Sunday – for those who are ready to sign the PBUUC Membership Book, meet the Minister and Board member at the chalice after the postlude.
|Feb 12||Helping Love by Rev. Diane Teichert with John Sebastian, Worship Associate, Erica Shadowsong, Director of Religious Exploration, and the combined choirs of PBUUC and Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda|
Today we celebrate Valentine's Day by exploring our support of marriage equality as UUs and how can we helpfully converse with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers who oppose it as Christians. A Special Collection will be taken for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. Newcomers are invited to meet for informal Q&A about PBUUC and UUism with the minister from 11:30-12:30 in her office.
|Feb 5||Drawing Hope by Rev. Diane Teichert with Clair Boston, Worship Associate and guests Bill Rice and Steve Marshall; Naoko Maeda, guest pianist|
The story of the Hiroshima Children's Drawings is one of a long, terrible war ending and, in its aftermath, people building a new world through a gesture of reconciliation. Twelve drawings will be on display and our guests, docents from All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC, will speak about their legacy. Naoko Maeda has composed music for this occasion. An opportunity for discussion will follow.
|Jan 29||Universalism: Love and Risk by Rev. Natalie Fenimore, Guest Preacher|
Our Universalist heritage calls us to love the world - even as we experience hate, pain and suffering. How do we embrace the risk of love? How might Universalism be a faith for our time? Our guest preacher, Rev. Natalie Fenimore, was ordained by the UU Church of Rockville last year and serves as the Minister for Religious Exploration at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax in Oakton, VA. She will be familiar to many as the former Director of RE at PBUUC from 2001-2004.
|Jan 22||UU Perspectives on 12-Step Recovery by Abby Crowley, Worship Associate, with Ed Crowley, John Sebastian and Michael Léger; Music by Ed Crowley, Michael Léger and Jesse Crowley|
What insights can this spiritually-based program bring to UUs and to people who do not have addiction in their lives? This service was rescheduled from August 28 due to the earthquake.
|Jan 15||A Beloved Vision by Rev. Diane Teichert with Don Mitchell, Worship Associate, Erica Shadowsong, DRE, and the Choir|
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. famously bemoaned, "Sunday at 11am is the most segregated hour in America." Join us for inspiring words and rousing music as we honor King's leadership, even as we recommit to our own vision of "intentional multiculturalism." Today is Signing Sunday for those who are ready to sign the PBUUC Membership Book, meet at the chalice after the postlude. Letter- writing during Coffee Hour to state legislators re: marriage equality.
|Jan 8||Life is a Riddle: A Question Box Sermon by Rev. Diane Teichert with John Sebastian, Worship Associate|
What are you pondering these days? The minister will respond to the congregation's questions "theological, ecclesiastical, societal, sublime, silly" to be collected early in the service. The Special Collection will be taken for the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. Newcomers are invited to meet for informal Q&A with the minister from 11:45-12:45 in her office.
|Jan 1||Kwanzaa: Honoring Traditions: A Service and Feast by Celinda Marsh, Worship Associate, Diversity/Anti-Racism Transformation Team (DARTT) and the Chalice Dancers|
As we move toward greater racial, ethnic and cultural diversity, it's time for all the different branches of our UU family to sit together and talk again, this time about cultural celebrations. Join Diversity/Anti-Racism Transformation Team members as we share our recollections and experiences of Kwanzaa and other holiday expressions. We will draw on the writings of Rev. Marjorie Bowens-Wheatley who explored cultural celebrations within the UUA.