With a full house we enjoyed a seasonal celebration of Christmas carols, stories, poems, and music from the Duncan Creek String Trio.
Duncan Creek String Trio
Leif Bentsen was our master of ceremonies and kept us laughing with his headgear and numerous comments. You can hear his concluding reading below, but you should wait until you have listened to the other audio.
Alan Searle and Jeri Carey gave us a creative version of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, called 'Twas the Night Before Solstice. It lived up to its billing as "perfect for UUers." You can listen to it below.
Alan Searle and Jeri Carey (Leif in the background)
Liz Huddle reading to Sahda and Zan Walker
Liz Huddle gave us two readings; the first was a story for all ages, The Snowman's Wish, which you can hear below.
After a Christmas carol, she followed with Reflections on the Resurgence of Joy by Dori Jeanine Somers,which she preceded with some comments from a previous sermon. You can hear both below:
Picasso said, "Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life." Local Artists Paula Gill and Al Johnsen, who is also a founding member of our congregation, talked to us about the importance of art in their lives. A few key points:
* "Good art takes my breath away." (Paula)
* Art opens a door to some other place.
* Art expresses what it means to be human.
* It stimulates our imagination.
* It makes us culturally cohesive.
* Americans are not buying art today. Perhaps the reason is that we are being "dumbed down" by all our gadgets.
You can listen to both their talks plus the discussion that followed by clicking below. It begins with an introduction by Susan Dearth and the quote from Picasso.