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November Worship Theme: Spirituality
Spirituality involves a heightened sense of connection with the deepest part of oneself, with others, and with a transcendent reality, however that is understood. Spirituality can be cultivated and deepened through a variety of spiritual practices.
November 1, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
"Let Go of What You Can't Control”
Rev. Avril James Maynard
Service Leader: Burger Vaughan
Tech Team: Melinda Oliver, Gayle Gannaway, and Stacia Wager
Uncertainty is a fact of life. It's our mistaken belief that we are in control that causes us to suffer. In order to ameliorate this suffering, we have to become flexible and develop resilience. Then, we can weather the storms.
Rev. Avril Maynard has degrees in exercise science, public health and is a recently ordained interfaith/interspiritual minister. She is trained in Traditional Yoga Meditation, and several other styles of Yoga, and has been an influential teacher in the greater Atlanta area for over 22 years. She trains teachers in Adaptive Yoga, leads employee stress management classes, facilitates several weekly meditation sittings, and does individual mindfulness therapeutic interventions at Piedmont Healthcare, Foundation Psychiatry, and Unity North Atlanta Spiritual Center. She is a busy mother, avid meditation practitioner, exerciser, and interfaith advocate.
November 8, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
“Where Is Spirit Calling Us Now?”
Rev. Jonathan Rogers
Service Leader: Lynda Doll
Tech Team: Melinda Oliver, Robin Kottman, and Lori Wilson
This is a pivotal week for those committed to "the right of conscience and the use of the democratic process." What does a spiritual response to the current moment look like, and how can we best support each other in loving community?
Rev. Jonathan Rogers is a UU Community Minister, based in Decatur, GA. This fall, he was a Phone Bank Leader for UU the Vote, an initiative that called millions of low-propensity voters in swing states to provide registration and voting information. He serves on the board of the New Sanctuary Movement of Atlanta and is a volunteer with Freedom University and Dekalb County CASA. Rev. Rogers believes "Justice is what love looks like in public" -Cornel West. During downtime, he enjoys single player role-playing video games, and is very excited for the release of the Playstation 5 this week.
November 15, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
“Dance with the one you came with: Wisdom from the Prophet Hosea"
Dr. Barry Whittemore
Service Leader: Jane Threlkeld
Tech Team: Robin Kottman, Gayle Gannaway, and Stacia Wager
Regardless of what happens on and after November 3rd, wisdom and strength will be needed for an authentic, religious future.
The Reverend Barry Whittemore was GMUUC's minister when he retired from the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2013. Currently he teaches Appalachian, American, and religious history at the University of North Georgia.
November 22, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
“Thank you, World”
Service Leaders: Robin Kottman, Lynda Doll
Tech Team: Robert Kahn, Gayle Gannaway, and Stacia Wager
In the current turmoil, what better time to express gratitude for our many blessings. Join us for this multi-voice service as we give thanks for the love we share, the beauty of our world, and the talents and drive we UUs have to work toward a better future.
November 29, 2020, 10:30 a.m.
“Eyes Wide Open"
Service Leader: Melinda Oliver
Tech Team: Robin Kottman, Robert Kahn, and Lori Wilson
Too often, we do not see things as they are, but as we are. What does it mean to see things with the heart?
Lyn Hopper grew up on the Georgia coast, worked for 30 years in public library administration, and lives in the mountains near Dahlonega with her husband of 44 years and a spirited cat. She discovered Unitarian Universalism in the early 1990s and has been a member of GMUUC for more than 25 years. For the last few years, Lyn has maintained a daily writing practice and shares “A Few Words” with about 135 subscribers. She has published a chapbook of poems, The Hum in Every Blossom, and a daybook of haiku, Some Days Are Like That, both available at Amazon.com.
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