January 5: Sing in the New Year, Jeff Hamrick
Sing in the New Year! Drawing from the richness of our hymnal Singing the Living Tradition, we’ll mark the beginning of 2020 in responsive reading and song. We’ll begin with an exploration of “The Life of Integrity” and conclude the service with songs, and prayers, for peace. Come sing with us!
January 12: Come Back to Life, Rev. David
The oldest written story in the world, the Epic of Gilgamesh, is a classic hero’s journey: a story of adventure, bravery, love and grief. 4,500 years after its composition, it still speaks fresh words to our basic humanity, to our sense of what it is to be alive and have to die, and to what “happily ever after” might actually mean.
January 19: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Sunday, Rev. Teri Schwartz
Gather for a special service in which we celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The 52 years since his death have seen progress in racial justice—yet have also seen the persistent and pernicious plague of racism in ways both old and new. Come to be inspired to work for the future King dreamed for us all.
January 26: Seeking Integrity Versus Despair, Rev. Teri Schwartz
In Erik Erikson’s model of psychosocial developmental stages, the latter years of life are marked by the work of integration versus despair. This is not a passive process—but hard work and is in some ways, paradoxical: integration can only be found by processing our own despair. While Erikson understood this primarily to be the task of the older adult, it is also the task of being human, and being human religiously.