October 2022

October 2022

Sunday worship at 10:00am in the Sanctuary

Services are also live streamed on the CHANNING YOU TUBE CHANNEL and available for viewing afterwards.

 Sunday, October 2: Don’t Give the Enemy a Seat at Your Table              

Rev. Bill Zelazny

In Psalm 23 we read “ [The Lord} prepared a table before me in the presence of my enemy.” This is a praise psalm about the grace and protection received from God.    Whether or not we believe we are protected by God in our daily living, the reality is that there are mental and emotional enemies – anger, greed, ego and entitlement, intolerance, workaholism and others — that are always waiting to get control us — to get a seat at the table of our life so to speak.  So, come and join Bill at the table to see what guests we probably do not want to invite to sit with us and what we can do to keep them away from our table.

Sunday, October 9: Gaia:  Our Unitarian Universalist Interconnected Web

Rev. Paul Sprecher

The Gaia theory posits the Earth is a self-regulating complex system involving the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrospheres and the pedosphere.  The name comes from Gaia, the Greek goddess of the earth – that is, Mother Earth.  And our mother is under relentless attack. 

We can’t fix that all by ourselves — but still, we can each do something, as our Seventh Principle obligates us to do.

 Rev. Paul Sprecher retired from his seven-year ministry at First Parish in Bridgewater in 2021.  Previously, he served as minister at Second Parish in Hingham and as Sabbatical Minister at the Murray Church in Attleboro and Chatham Meeting House.  In other lifetimes, Rev. Paul taught seventh and eighth grade US History and English for at the Collegiate School for Boys in New York City and later as Vice President for Technology at the American Stock Exchange.

 The second Sunday of the month is our Nonperishable foods collection for local food pantries.

Sunday, October 16: I’m Here for You….Kinda

Rev. Bill Zelazny

“I am here for you no matter what you need.”  We may say something like this when a friend or family member is going through a rough patch. But relationships are complicated, and we may not be ready to mentally or physically take on such a commitment, or maybe we. We just need to be truthful to ourselves and others. This Sunday, let’s take a look at the complexity of relationships and our feelings about them.

Sunday, October 23: What Does it Mean to be Human?

Rev. Bill Zelazny

This is probably one of the major “ultimate questions” we have about life.   Jumping off from an  essay on this topic by the Rev. Owen Peterson, Bill will reflect on this question and they will ask you about your thoughts on this topic during a Congregation Conversation in the service.

Sunday, October 30: I’m Not Who You Think I Am

A. O. Gutierrez

The ancient Celts divided the year into two halves, the light half and the darker half, and held four celebrations to mark the changing seasons.  Of these four sacred times, Samhain was perhaps the most significant as it is thought to have represented the Celtic New Year.  Through music and words, our guest speaker, A. O. Gutierrez, will talk about the fairy faith, mostly in Ireland, and its relation to modern beliefs.