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January & February Sunday Topics

Jan. 6: Rev. Dr. Paul Bitner. Personhood and Parenthood. As we approach another anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Rev. Paul attempts a non-political, thoughtful consideration of faith and reproductive loss, which includes abortion, infertility, miscarriage and stillbirth, post-adoption loss, and post-natal loss due to fetal abnormalities.

            A Family Service where the children join the adults in the sanctuary for the first part of the service.

 

Jan. 13:  Fanny Crawford.   T.H. Barnes Talks About Life, Death and January.  Church cancelled because of snow. This service has been rescheduled to March 3.

 

Jan. 20:  Rev. Dr. Judith McLean.  Passive Racism.  Most white people in the US claim to not be racist, but passive racism is a subtle form of racism in which most of us are unaware of participating. Learn how being born white in America gives immediate privilege and sense of belonging that is denied to people of color.

Offering in Action for Planned Parenthood Of Maryland.  Potluck Lunch & UUCH Book Table after the service.

 

Jan. 27:  Rev. Kenton Stone.  Presence. Theologian Paul Tillich wrote that many Americans miss out on life. “They are held by the past…or they escape towards the future, unable to rest in the present.”   Ancient Buddhist wisdom echoes Tillich’s modern admonition: rest in peace should not be just for tombstones, but for living, too.

 

Feb. 3: Dr. Karen Gray. Virtue Ethics, whether in ancient or modern form, offers guidance and definition to the complex realm of human morality. Dr. Gray will talk about its presence in her life, especially in terms of Theravada Buddhism’s five precepts and Andre Comte-Sponville’s moral philosophy, and why she prefer it over some of the alternative ethical systems.

A Family Service where the children join the adults in the sanctuary for the first part of the service.

 

Feb. 10:  Rev. Dr. Paul Britner. Spiritual Ecstasy.  Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Rev. Paul takes us on tour of the varied perspectives different religions have about sex, including some surprising revelations about our Puritan ancestors.

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Feb. 17: Rev. Scott Alexander’s Getting Serious About Unitarian Universalism.  Delivered by Marcus Jaiclin.  What does it mean to live as a Unitarian Universalist?

            Offering in Action for Planned Parenthood Of Maryland.  Canvass Meeting after the service. Lunch provided.

 

Feb.24:  Rev. Kenton Stone. Thyself. The gnarly connections between UUism and the movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, the dude Socrates, and two philosophical aphorisms: “Know thyself” and “An unexamined life is not worth living.”

 

March 3:  Fanny Crawford.   T.H. Barnes Talks About Life, Death and January.  Storyteller Fanny Crawford will deliver a message from her great-grandfather, Thomas Henry Barnes (b.1849-d.1942) developed from the 100 page family history and autobiography Barnes left to the Barnes-Crawford clan, augmented by the family’s oral history and Fanny’s own research into major events of her great-grandfather’s time. (rescheduled from Jan.13.)

 

 

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