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Sunday Worship: Face the Music and Dance

January 1, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Michael Eselun, preaching
Sue Bickford, Worship Associate

Church member, popular guest speaker, and UCLA oncology chaplain, Michael Eselun will explore the dance we do between acceptance and self-compassion. If we reach for acceptance of our circumstances as a pathway to inner peace, what part does self-compassion play?

Michael Eselun is an inspirational speaker who is neither an ordained minister, nor particularly religious in any conventional way. The seed was planted for his chaplaincy doing volunteer hospice work during the peak of the AIDS crisis. He speaks from the place where all of us find ourselves at one time or another—in the place of the outsider, in the margins—misunderstood, isolated, abandoned, perhaps doubting long held beliefs, and holding more questions than answers. Michael’s speaking style is highly entertaining, even given the heavy topics he tackles. Audiences find themselves laughing, crying, and awed by the succinct and poignant connections he makes.

Note that there will be no childcare provided. Youth Religious Exploration starts again the following week.


January 1, 2023
10:30 am - 11:30 am
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1260 18th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90404 United States
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(310) 829-5436