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7. Service Week 1/10/2021

Committee of Chairs Meeting Tonight 1/7/21

Chairpersons, please check your email for details.

Please join us Sunday January 10th at 11am ET for

Lessons From My Year of Living Spiritually: 
A secular quest for a more soulful life.

By Anne Bokma

Description: "The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience." wrote the poet Emily Dickinson. Anne shares insights from her journey away from the fundamentalist church of her youth as well as her whirlwind year of experimenting with two dozen spiritual practices from singing to solitude to going to a witch camp and heading out on a pilgrimage -- and how they taught her to live more attentively and authentically in the world. All of us are on a spiritual journey yet so often we neglect this essential aspect of our lives.

Anne Bokma is an award-winning journalist and author of the new memoir, My Year of Living Spiritually: One Woman's Secular Quest for a More Soulful Life, which Oprah magazine columnist Martha Beck has described as "an engaging, entertaining, well-researched romp through the many variations of non-religious spiritual practice."

Anne is also the founder and host of Hamilton's popular 6-Minute Memoir live storytelling event and 6-Minute Memoir Online Writing Workshop Series, which is designed to help people select, shape and share a true story from their life. You can find out more about Ann and sign up for her monthly e-newsletter at annebokma.com Anne is a member of the First Unitarian Church of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada.

Image of Anne Bokma next to the cover of her recently published memoir.

Service Leader: Mike Holland

Special Musician: Penny Brewster

Storyteller: Sandi Erickson

Media: Gene Brown, Mike Holland, Shalimar Anderson

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Joys and Concerns will be conveyed by Mike
Virtual Coffee Hour not available with Facebook
Jan 17th - Holley Ulbrich
Jan 24th - Reverend Dr. Edward Frost
Jan 31st - Reverend Tracie Barrett
Jan 2nd - Sue Ann Reisdorph
Jan 8th - Janice Schroeder
Jan 10th - Danna Fewell
Jan 15th - Donn Erickson
Jan 19th - John Fraser
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In an effort to produce an updated member directory, Gene and Shalimar will be holding an OUTDOOR picture day at the Sanctuary January 23rd at 2pm until 4pm.
Pictures will be staged near the Sanctuary Door.
Folks will be asked to stay in their cars as they wait for their turn.
Mask wearing will be expected right up until it's time to say "Cheese."
Please plan to get all gussied up and head over for your glamour shot! <3
If, like me, you have been avoiding the news because of the chaos at the Capitol then you should be warned -- SNOW IS COMING!
It's expected to start late tonight (Thursday) and continue all day Friday into Saturday. Please get your essentials and be prepared for poor road conditions.

If you become endangered by the snow, or need assistance with heat, food, etc. Please call Becky or Shalimar.

Spirituality Discussion – This Sunday, January 10th, 9:30-10:30am

Our next 2nd Sunday, monthly zoom meeting of Spirituality Discussion will be this Sunday.  

The topic will be:

Charles Eisenstein in his book The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible, says that we are transitioning from a Story of Separation to a Story of Interbeing where we will be broadening our perspectives from our individual selves to one of community where we will gain as those around us gain and lose as those around us lose. 

Recognizing that fulfillment is an important part of wellbeing, how will your means of achieving fulfillment change as we shift from a Story of Separation to a Story of Interbeing?

Clicking the following link will bring you into the discussion:


 By Phone:  312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 848 8174 9253

Passcode: 579256

This program is open to all and we hope you can join us.  Bring a friend.  No reservations necessary.  All input is respected and appreciated.  We learn from each other, get to know each other and build community.   828 524-3691.

This week has been very challenging for those of us grieving the loss of two key community members. In lieu of our typical jokes and song selections, I'm choosing to share some resources for our grieving fellowship. 

Book Reading and Discussion -The Chalice and the Blade 

 John Snodgrass’s sermon prompted us to go ahead with a winter read. At Coffee Hour we decided: 
Who: Anyone who wants to read and discuss the book. Nine people expressed interest so far. 
What: Nonfiction book The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler (Not the paranormal romance novel by Glenna McReynolds.) 

Where: Zoom When: Saturday, Jan 30, 4-5 pm, and 1-2 additional sessions TBD. 

Why: To get to know each other better through shared discussion and to learn more about matriarchal societies. 
How: Tentative plan is to cover about 1/3 of the book in each of 3, one-hour discussions. The book is available at some libraries, many secondhand outlets, online audio and e-read outlets including Internet Archives or https://centerforpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Jan_Garrett_Chalice-and-the-Blade.pdf
 Please let Donn or Sandi know if you will be participating so we can coordinate logistics with you: SandiDonn2@yahoo.com.