January 2023

January 2023

Sunday worship at 10:00am in the Sanctuary

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

 

No service on Sunday, December 31


Sunday, January 7: With Trepidation or Boldness

Rev. Bill Zelazny  

On a winter walk we come upon a frozen stream, a bit wider than we can jump across.  Do we walk cross the frozen stream with trepidation or self-confidence?  We can ask the same question about our continuing walk through life.  Which shall it be for us?  Bill has often asked himself that question.  Let’s think about what that may mean for us as we walk into 2024.


Sunday, January 14: Power and Rightness of Self Love

Rev. Bill Zelazny  

American author and social activities, Parker Palmer, has said “Self-care (and self-love) is never a selfish act — it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others. Anytime we can listen to our true self and give it the care it requires, we do so not only for ourselves, but for the many others whose lives we touch.”  On this Sunday at the beginning of the new year, Bill will help us explore the idea of the rightness and the power of loving oneself. 

 The 2nd Sunday of the month is our nonperishable foods collection for local food banks.


Sunday, January 21: Inequality Harms Us All

Rev. Bill Zelazny  

In the months before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s focus was on poverty and economic injustice. Keith Payne, a social psychologist at the University of North Carolina, argues that humans are hardwired to notice relative differences. When we’re reminded that we’re poorer or less powerful than others, we become less healthy, more angry, and more politically polarized….The presence of extreme inequality destabilizes a society.”  On this M. L. King Sunday, Bill will talk about how financial and social inequality ultimately harms not just people of color, but all people.


Sunday, January 28: What Might it Mean to Cross a Spiritual Threshold

Rev. Bill Zelazny  

We know when we come to a door threshold.  We probably even know when we come of a life threshold .  But what does it mean to cross a spiritual threshold?  The Rev. Karen K. Johnston says that spiritual thresholds, like psychic thresholds are not grand entrances.  But we know when we have crossed one by the quality of life and a shift in our senses.  UUs do not often talk about things like spiritual thresholds, but we all cross them at various times in our lives.  Today, Bill will explore the notion of crossing a spiritual threshold.