Most people don’t realize it was actually illegal to celebrate Xmas in this country under the Pilgrims! It was seen as a pagan holiday. Every Christmas season I try to find new information about this holiday that has become more cultural and commercial than Christian, it seems, until it becomes politicized. The simple fact is that most of what we think we know about Christmas is not in the Bible! Let’s put the “X” back in Xmas!
Rev. Art Severance has retired after almost 30 years in ministry and moved back to San Antonio, where he served as minister at First UU Church from 1991-2006, He began his ministry as part time minister at 2 small Fellowships in PA outside Philadelphia. Before he was called to ministry he worked as a counselor in Residential Treatment for communities such as Developmentally Delayed, Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents, and Family Therapy Psychiatric Hospital.
Originally from NH, he has been married to his wife, Cathie, since 1973, has 3 married daughters and 5 grandchildren. He has served Congregations in PA, NJ, CA, CO, TX, NY, and OH either as interim, part or full-time or Developmental minister. He has served in TX on the old District Board, Gave the Sunset Talks at SWUUSI in 1999, was one of the district’s Ministerial Settlement Representatives, and currently serves on the board of UURMAPA ( UU Retired Ministers & Partners Association).
He is also a folksinger & songwriter and has a CD available titled “Listen to the Whirlwind” , as well as 2 small books, Sermons, Songs & Scribblings, and Sermons & Scribblings:Book the Second, available for sale after the service. He considers himself a “Mystical Humanist on the cusp of Naturalistic Theism with a good sense of humor.”
Date(s) - Dec 1, 2019
10:30 am - 11:30 am