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Letting Go

“Cleaning out our Closets” by Rev. Wendy L. Bell – October 20, 2019

When I first announced a few weeks ago that I would be preaching a sermon on Marie Kondo’s book, one of you very kindly and graciously asked me if I knew that Mark had also preached on the same book this past spring. And I was very grateful to have learned of that. I, of course, soon thereafter, did a search for his sermon and was quickly reassured that he and I were approaching this topic from different angles. Not surprisingly, his was a reflection on the decluttering that was required of...

“Letting Go of the Plan” by Rev. Wendy L. Bell – October 6, 2019

In her book, Teaching a Stone to Talk, Annie Dillard tells a bit of the story of the English explorer, Sir John Franklin: “In 1845, Sir John Franklin and 138 officers and men embarked from England to find the Northwest Passage across the high Canadian Arctic to the Pacific Ocean. They sailed in two three-masted barques. Each sailing vessel carried an auxiliary steam engine and a twelve-day supply of coal for the entire projected two or three years’ voyage. Instead of additional coal…each ship...

In the Interim – 10/4/2019

During October we will be reflecting together on our theme, which is “Letting Go.” What an apt theme for this season, as the trees let go their leaves, making room for the barrenness of winter and for the new life that will come in the spring! In worship, we will consider the need to let go of our plans and to learn how to adapt to current conditions. We’ll think about what it might mean to let go of the stories we’ve all learned about the “discovery” of America. We’ll consider what in our...

“Tidying Up and Sparking Joy”  by  Mark W. Harris – March 31, 2019

Tidying Up and Sparking Joy” by Mark W. Harris – Do you ever feel overwhelmed with stuff? Getting ready to move to Maine has meant an ongoing purge of books, furniture, clothes and files. What items have I kept because they bring me joy, and what does tidying up do for my sense of balance, letting go and spiritual growth? Let’s explore the religious implications of Marie Kondo’s quest for tidiness.

February 2023