Setting the Prisoners Free
January 4 - Minister Peter Farriday
The start of a new year is often a time to set intentions around things in ourselves and our lives that we would like to improve. But in order to effectively ring in the new we need to release the old, including any regrets and resentments that we might hold toward another—or ourselves. The familiar word for this releasing is forgiveness... and practicing it can free our souls.
The Balancing Act Called Life
January 11 - Rich Jaffke
Acrobats and dancers know the importance of balance. But it our lives we must balance everything – family and career, the physical, mental and spiritual. Just as you need balance in walking through a forest, you need balance in walking through life. Life balance heavily influences your focus, your success and your happiness. What does life balance really mean and what can you do to achieve greater life balance?Mid-Year Congregational Meeting – After the service.
A Wider, Wiser Vision
January 18 - Minister Peter Farriday
Research by scholars who study morality indicate that religion both “binds and blinds.” That is, it bonds people by creating communities with shared moral perspectives; but that same binding function also blinds community members to the possible moral validity of alternative perspectives. This has always been a source of conflict, and in our shrinking global village such conflicts have intensified. What, if anything, can be done about this? (Your minister’s responses may surprise you!)
The Chocolate Cook-Off will be held after the service!
UU Justice Ministry
January 25 - Evan Junker
Our guest speaker, Evan Junker (pronounced “Yun'-kër”), is the Executive Director of UUJMCA - the UU Justice Ministry of California. Areas addressed by UUJMCA include: economics, environment, immigration, and LGBTQ. Mr. Junker will be available after the service for additional discussion.