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Services for January, 2020

Monthly Theme: Integrity

Wholeness is never lost; it is only forgotten. Integrity rarely means that we need to add something to ourselves: it is more an undoing than a doing, a freeing ourselves from beliefs we have about who we are and ways we have been persuaded to “fix” ourselves… Often in reclaiming the freedom to be who we are, we remember some basic human quality, what we find is almost always a surprise but it is also familiar; like something we have put in the back of a drawer long ago…
~ Rachel Naomi Remen, Kitchen Table Wisdom


January 5

Moving Beyond the Representative You
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Miriam Liss
Handbells Perform

Your representative is a version of you that’s sent into the world in your place. It’s a blander, less authentic person who stands in for you when it doesn’t feel safe to expose the real you. Think of how many representatives of you are out in the world. Maybe it’s time to call them back home and instead introduce the real you to the world.

January 12

A Hopeful Call to Action
Rev. Doug McCusker
Worship Associate: Kristen Tuxbury

Negativity and despair can wear us down. Our climate is changing and it is time to act. But first we must clean up our internal psychic pollution. In this At-Your-Service-Auction sermon won by John Bernard, we will explore the hopeful opportunities and developments right in front of us because of the amazing work going on at the local, regional and global level.

January 19

Responding with Creative Force
Michele Nierle
Worship Associate: Shari Pastore
Adult Choir Performs

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realized that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation — either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)  Today we will honor the integrity that Dr. King exemplified, and we’ll explore what it means for us to “transform suffering into a creative force,” with racial justice and reconciliation at the forefront of our collective healing.

January 26

Compassion and Choices
Maria Spencer
Worship Associate: Bill Johnson-Miles

Modern medicine has changed end of life care. With the aid of advanced technologies, we can treat more illnesses and allow people to live longer, but sometimes these advances have a downside. They can extend life to an unreasonable extent and result in unnecessary suffering. Medical aid in dying allows a doctor to prescribe a lethal dose of medicine and empowers people to choose end-of-life-care that reflects their values, priorities and beliefs. Currently this is illegal in Virginia despite numerous attempts to pass a bill to allow it. Maria Spencer from Compassion and Choices will talk about the work of her organization to expand end of life options and provide advocacy for “this very important subject.”