Sunday Services in January


January is often regarded as the month of making (and often failing to keep) New Year Resolutions. But how will we know what resolutions to make if we are out of touch with the deepest parts of ourselves and our world? In the flurry of activity that most often accompanies the Christmas season, the connection with our core that the slower-paced winter season offers us is often lost. But January is still winter, and offers us the chance to connect with the deepest places in us—perhaps through dreamwork and contemplation, or through spiritual practices like chanting and meditation, or through the exploration of our creativity. Awakened by this connection, we can bring forth a genuine newness into the New Year.

Chris Bullock

January 5

Speaker: Matti Anttila, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher
Moderator: April Hambly
Meditation: Catherine Kinsella
Greeter: Brian Martin

January 12 Contemplation of Self in Social Context

Speaker/Meditation – Dr. Chris Bullock
Coordinator: D Joan

January19 Reality Changing Insights

Small group sharing on the topic:  How does one relate with the occurrence of reality changing insights?  Also being in and around this is the topic of integrating intuition as a living sense.

Moderator: Laurence Beal
Meditation: sound track
Coordinator: Laurence Beal

January 26 – Inhabiting the communal spirit  Community Service

Coordinator – Marilyn Smando
Moderator – Peggy Muncaster
Meditation leader – Laura Lane
Greeter – Louisa Fiander
Quote from Thich Nhat Hanh:

“It is possible that the next Buddha will not take the form of an individual. The next Buddha may take the form of a community – a community practicing understanding and loving kindness, a community practicing mindful living. This may be the most important thing we can do for the survival of the earth. ”

Perhaps we are seeing the beginning of this community, worldwide. Whatever path we follow – Christian, Buddhist, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu indigenous, ancient or modern spiritual iterations –   what is the common thread that connects us? What will cause ripples for all of us to stop and pay attention?  How can we manifest love, compassion, kindness towards our fellow human beings through community?