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Rev. Dr. Linda Barnes, Worship Leader

Join us as we explore the insight of Sikh poet Valarie Kaur, who asks us if we can imagine the challenges of justice work to be the pains of birthing what is next for our America.

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Rev. Laura Randall, Guest Worship Leader

In a world that gives us endless reasons to despair, finding and sharing the hope and joy in our lives is an act of resistance.  Join us as we explore the ways to not just survive, but thrive.

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All That We Need is Here
 
Rev. Dr. Linda Barnes, Worship Leader
 
Join us as we take an ecological perspective on being in relationship with our planet and with each other. Doing this, we might discover our own infinite gifts in a finite world.
 
 

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Betty Ann Trought, Guest Worship Leader

Sarah Dan Jones, Music Director and Choir

This month’s Soul Matters focuses on Abundance. It points out very clearly that when it comes to abundance, our culture and our religion are at odds. Our culture cries, “Accumulate!” Our religion counsels “Appreciate!” The mantras couldn’t be more different. Our commercials and social media say “Go out and buy what you want!” and the pulpit pleas with us to “learn to want what you have.” So how can we resolve this dispute?

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A Sabbath is the spiritual practice of stepping aside from the busyness of our lives.  On this Sunday we’ll explore the paradox of abundance that comes from deciding, for a time, that enough is enough.

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In the spirit of All Souls Day and All Saints Day, this Sunday we’re having a Service of Remembrance in which we celebrate and hold close those who recently, or long ago, passed from this life. For this all-generations service, you’re invited to bring a picture or memento of your loved one, even a pet, to share on our common altar of remembrance.  
 

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Angela Matthews, Worship Leader

From the bakery of a former enslaved man to the stature of royalty and the eloquent petition for
emancipation, Portsmouth’s earliest African colonists brought knowledge across the Middle
Passage that benefited the owning class, and, ultimately on gaining their freedom, themselves.
Meet the characters who lived and worked in New Hampshire in its earliest colonial
centuries and hear how they made themselves invaluable for their skills, intelligence, and determination.

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The Courage to Fail

Rev. Dr. Linda Barnes, Worship Leader
It takes courage to face failure, to admit, even to ourselves that we have fallen short. Can we
muster the courage to turn failure into opportunity? Join us as we explore the remarkable power
failure has to change our whole lives for the better.

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The Sacred and the Scared

When our animal brains light up with fight or flight responses triggered by anxiety or fear stimuli, we count on our more rational thoughts to sort out the real from the imaginary. But with an eager 24-hour news cycle press, fear-based political rhetoric, and the warnings of weather and
science all clamoring for a piece of our fear, what can we do to challenge these innate responses?
This Sunday, you’re invited to an exploration of our fears and the courage it takes to channel
and transcend them.

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Rev. Dr. Linda Barnes

What would it look like to have the courage to boldly live and claim our faith? What is lost when we do not?  Join us as we explore what’s at the core of our liberal religious tradition and why it takes courage to live it.

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