January 19, “Health Is the First Wealth” with Dr. Jim Cahill and Rev. Mellen Kennedy
Jim and Mellen will reflect on the spiritual foundation of health. Each of them made it through difficult health challenges. They both say now, Jim in his 70’s and Mellen in her 60’s, that they have never felt happier or healthier in their lives! They’ll share their thoughts and experiences including reflecting on the saying, “The body is the temple of the holy spirit.” The service will be followed by Souper Sunday lunch. After lunch join us for a discussion of the topic of the service and the book, “Younger Next Year: Living Strong, Fit and Sexy – Until You’re 80 and Beyond.” A few free copies of the book are available on the Harvest Table in the Lobby.
Cultivating Wisdom and Building Community with Rev. Telos Whitfield We will explore the qualities needed to deepen our wisdom, strengthen ourselves and build community in this new year. Rev. Telos Whitfield serves the Universalist Society of Strafford and works as thrift store manager for the Southeastern Vermont Community Action. Working for peace has been a path she has followed for decades, including a 300 mile peace walk for nuclear disarmament in 1987, managing the Earth Charter Celebration in 2001, attending multiple retreats with Buddhist peace leader Thich Nhat Hanh, and completing his 14 mindfulness trainings program. She has also folded thousands of peace cranes over the years!
January 5, “Labyrinth Service” with Ellen Allman
The sanctuary will be set up with a simple labyrinth. Ellen will talk about the history of labyrinths. There will be songs, reading and an opportunity to walk the labyrinth, as well as a lap labyrinth to be used by anyone not wishing to walk the larger one. All welcome!