January 2023 Services

January 8th at 10:45 a.m.

Rev. Kenton Stone – “Remembering Fun”

As we usher in the New Year, and retired back in Latin America, I remember how as a kid we already prepared for what was next in Mardi Gras, I’m reminded of our sacred duty to enjoy life. If ever this world needed to remember what dancing in the streets was like, it’s after this last 2 years of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. We’re not through it all yet by any means, but we can start planning to return to normal by remembering FUN … Remember FUN?
I do. I’m so lucky that I grew up in the New Orleans of South America, Montevideo, Uruguay, a city that celebrates Carnaval even longer than Brazil does in Rio de Janeiro. I landed on the city newspaper’s front page as the picture of joy at a Carnaval concert by Jaime Roos, who is to Uruguayan Carnaval what Bob Dylan is to US folk music, only Roos is easier to dance to. We have a sacred duty to mourn together, but we also have a sacred duty for joy, so let’s remember joy together on this day.

January 15th at 10:45 a.m. 

Rev. Terry Ellen – “This Supremely Rare Opportunity to Be of Service”

Who would have thought it? Who predicted it? Here we in fact are. Our life is our implicit answer to who we feel we are and what we should do with this unfathomable chance. In some form or another the outcome will be our service to this world. So how do we proceed?

January 22nd at 10:45 a.m. 

Rev. Martha Macgill

The Rev. Martha Macgill is an Episcopal priest who recently served Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland as well as parishes in Baltimore, South Africa, and Richmond, Virginia. Her heart is in community outreach and action as well as being an advocate for the Cumberland community. Recently retired from parish work, Martha also is an active retreat leader and teacher. She currently is Chair of the Community Cafe Advisory Board in Cumberland and is also working to get the Hoye House Tour Center and Museum operating on Washington Street. Her son and she are working on a podcast called Globalsapiens, focusing on how we are all called to be global citizens. She loves to bike on the Cumberland GAP trail and be outdoors in this beautiful part of the world!

January 29th at 10:45 a.m. 

Bob Clegg – “The Audacity of Hope”

News and views about the world climate crisis can be hard to bear. Sometimes it just seems so overwhelming! And… this service will focus on a pragmatic, science-based environmental optimism through the lens of the novels of Kim Stanley Robinson. The bottom line? “Yes, the world can be saved — but only at a cost we have been unwilling to pay so far.”

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