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Saturday, November 20, 2004

Chrismukkah in a UU congregation near you.

Thanks to GetReligion, I now know about the O.C.-inspired holiday Chrismukkah. Merry Mishmash, everybody! Bonus chalice points to anyone who finds a Unitarian Universalist congregation that plans to celebrate the season using this new name. Super bonus points to the congregation that finds a way to squeeze "kwan" or "zaa" into the name, too. Triple super bonus points to the congregation that shoehorns "sol" or "stice" in as well. And the grand prize will go the congregation that finds a way to do all this and hold a Chrismukwankahstice Eve candlelight service that never once uses the scaaary word "Jesus." Entries must point to congregations that are apparently not making fun of their attempt to be all things to all people; the congregation must be mishing and mashing in earnest. Entries may be submitted any old time.

Will it be Boston's own Arlington Street Church? I attended the worship service there two years ago tomorrow: Rabbi Berman preached a really fascinating sermon about the Jewish influence on the Pilgrims' feast day we now call Thanksgiving; weirdly, the choir performed a complete mass that day, with the "Credo" sandwiched between two halves of the Jewish sermon about Puritanism. In my experience, ASC is a UU church where the whole is somehow less than the sum of the parts, but your mileage — as in all things Unitarian Universalist — may vary.

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 20 November 2004 at 12:55 PM

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November 20, 2004 02:17 PM | Permalink for this comment

By all means, please alert GetReligion to anything that you find. I plan to write about Chrismukkah in a week or two myself for Scripps Howard.


November 25, 2004 09:42 AM | Permalink for this comment

Adam says there's no Chrismukwankahstice at Eliot Church:

The UUA pulls us toward a leveling of all the faiths. This we cannot accept and remain who we are as a faith community. The normative language and culture in the UCC points toward a different understanding of the nature of Jesus, God, and the Easter story than the one that most of our congregation has come to accept. We exist in the middle as mostly—but not all—Liberal Christians with a unitarian Christology. Our church story is changed because of that. We are neither UUs nor UCCers now; we are members of the Eliot Church.


December 5, 2004 10:24 AM | Permalink for this comment

Anna points to Virgin Mobile USA's hilarious new Internet ad, Happy Chrismahanukwanzakuh. ("An all-inclusive celebration / No contractual obligation," the vaguely Hindu-sounding theme song goes — before noting that that inexpensive camera phones are what the season's all about.) It never stops being funny, does it?

Scott Wells:

December 5, 2004 11:21 PM | Permalink for this comment

When I went to download the Chrismahanukwanzakuh animations they only had Windows or Mac options. As a Linux user, I feel excluded from their celebration! Wah!


December 25, 2004 06:52 PM | Permalink for this comment

this animation doesn't compare to the REAL commercial released on tv. check it out here:,0,1148012.realvideo?coll=ny-holiday-headlines


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