January 7 – 9 and 11 a.m. Change and Choice – The Rev. Bryan Jessup
As we begin a new year, it’s a good time to evaluate where we’ve been and where we think we might want to go as individuals. It’s a good time to come to terms with what we must accept and what we might yet shape in ourselves and the world around us. This sermon will also give a nod to creating a world in which people have access to reproductive choices.
January 14 – 9 and 11 a.m. Wit and wisdom – Baba Jamal Koram
Master storyteller Baba Jamal Koram brings his storytelling alive with the history, humor, music and lore of African and African-American cultures. He blends contemporary and traditional storytelling techniques with drumming, call and responses, wit and wisdom. Recipient of the Circle of Excellence Award, Baba Jamal has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian museums, National Black Storytelling Festival, regional festivals and schools nationwide.
After spending a week telling stories in local schools, this, and the concert he will have at the Fellowship the evening before, are his opportunities to reach a more mature audience with his magical stories and deep thought-provoking commentary. He will be integrating our January Soul-matters topic of Intention into his presentation.
January 21 – 9 and 11 a.m. A Year of New Patriotism – The Rev. Bryan Jessup
It’s been a year since the inauguration of Donald Trump. For a year people with views of life more interconnected and collaborative than his have been standing up, stepping up and participating in the creation of a stronger more healthy nation. And we’re not done yet.
January 28 – 9 and 11 a.m. Finding Sustenance – Lama Choyang (Allison Rader)
We live in harrowing times filled with the suffering of other beings and our planet. Lama Choyang will explore spiritual practice as that which draws us into deep self-inquiry and connection to our most essential being, to the Earth, and to each other. This felt sense of connection informs authentic responsiveness in the world allowing us to stay present and open in a time of dividedness and challenge. It is a “fundamental resource” – a spiritual truth of being. Each day, how do we find this connection and receive nourishment? How can we breathe, slow down, listen and rest into spacious silence so we can embody the change we wish to see?
Lama Choyang has studied and practiced Tibetan Buddhism for more than 27 years. She completed seven years of retreat and was ordained as a lama by Lama Drimed in 2009. She spent several years living in India and practiced social work before entering retreat. Lama Choyang is currently a chaplain with Hospice of Humboldt even as she continues her role as a Buddhist teacher.