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Life-Long Faith Development – New Opportunities for Fall!

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Whether you would describe yourself as a young adult, a mid-lifer, or a… um… wise elder!… there is much to learn – and offer to others – as you bring your life experience to the areas of Deepening Faith, Enacting Justice, and Living Well. We hope you’ll find something – or everything – in the offerings listed below that you’d like to participate in this fall!

The Power of Covenant (Deepening Faith: 6 classes; Tuesdays; 7-8:30 pm; Starting Sept. 8th)

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal, not a creedal faith.  Rather than being bound by doctrines dictated to us, we promise to walk together in love and loyalty as we search for meaning and truth.  However, as Martin Buber says, we are promise-making, promise breaking, promise re-making creatures.

In this six week class, Rev. Kelly will help us explore the history and theology of covenant and why it serves as a foundation for liberal religion.  Then we will explore and practice how to actually live in covenant.  For instance, how do we disagree respectfully, address conflict, have difficult conversations?  The concepts apply to our congregation and to all the relationships in your life.  Each session will include spiritual practice, dialogue, and interaction.  Reading assignments will come from Redeeming Time: Endowing Your Church with the Power of Covenant edited by Walter P. Herz; The 2000 Minns Lectures By Alice Blair Wesley; and the 2012 Berry Street Lecture by Fred Muir.  You may want to consider buying a used copy of Redeeming Time on Amazon.

Sessions will be held Tuesday evenings September 8 – October 13.  7:00 – 8:30.  Emerson Room. Please RSVP to Steve Todd.

  • Session 1:  The History of Covenant in Unitarian Universalism
  • Session 2: Covenantal Theology
  • Session 3: Errors of Individualism
  • Session 4:  Ways We Break Covenant
  • Session 5: How to Re-build Covenant When It’s Been Broken
  • Session 6: Covenanting With Those Beyond Our Walls

Bringing Unitarian Universalism  Home– Parents as Spiritual Guides (Deepening Faith: 4 classes; Sunday Mornings; 9:15 – 10:10 am; October 4th through 25th)

“Will our children have a spiritual life?”  The late wise elder Joseph Campbell answered:  “If we do.” Spirituality is the depth dimension of life and parents can be excellent spiritual guides if they take some time to honor their own yearnings, wonderings and reflections and share them with their children and others.

In this 4 week course, facilitated by Janen Wright (UUCB Faith Development Director) parents and others who work closely with children will join together to share experiences and ideas of how to honor and deepen our faith and the faith of our children in our day to day lives. Together we will learn ways to create an environment where children can grow spiritually as well as mentally, emotionally and physically.

Class will be held Sunday mornings in October from 9:15 am- 10:10 am.  Childcare is available. Please RSVP to Steve Todd


This Changes Everything – A Climate Change Perspective on Capitalism and Social Justice (Enacting Justice: 4 classes; Tuesdays; 7-8:30 pm; Starting Oct. 27th)

In her new international bestseller, This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue among many but an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Her conclusion is that we either embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world – the status quo is no longer an option. Klein builds an intriguing and hopeful case that massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies.

Using excerpts from Naomi Klein’s international bestseller This Changes Everything (Paperback will be available 8/4: in local bookstores, or $8.90 at Amazon) and other current writings by David Korten, Charles Eisenstein, Paul Gilding, and others, we will explore the economic and justice issues that climate change has brought us and envision a significantly different kind of world we are being called to co-create. Steve Todd will faciliate.

(Reading Klein’s book is encouraged but not required for participation in this discussion class. The paperback edition will be available 8/4: in local bookstores, or $8.90 at Amazon)

Class will be held Tuesday Evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, October 27, November 3, 10, and 17.


Ted Talks for Unitarian Universalists (TTs4UUs!) (Living Well: 4 sessions; Sunday mornings in September, 9:15 to 10:10 am, starting Sept. 6th OR Thursday evenings in October, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, starting October 8th

If you’ve ever watched a Ted Talk video, you know they are world-class educational, intriguing, surprising, and even life changing presentations. TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading” where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Topics range from how your mind works, to the power of vulnerability, to adventure and travel, to questions like “do schools kill creativity?” or “does money make you mean?” and so much more!

Wouldn’t it be great to see one with friends and discuss it together? Here’s your chance. You can even nominate a favorite for the group to see and engage with. It’s your choice whether to get the mental and social circuits humming before worship on Sundays, or for an hour on Thursday evenings. (Or you might find it so satisfying you choose to do both!)

Viewing and discussion will happen Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:10 am on September 6, 13, 20, and 27. Or, come Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on October 8, 15, 22 and 29.

 

Life-Long Faith Development – New Opportunities for Fall!

Add together a new school year, a new minister, new challenges and new ideas and what do you get? New opportunities for Lifespan Faith Development here at UUCB! Whether you would describe yourself as a young adult, a mid-lifer, or a… um… wise elder!… there is much to learn – and offer to others – as you bring your life experience to the areas of Deepening Faith, Enacting Justice, and Living Well. We hope you’ll find something – or everything – in the offerings listed below that you’d like to participate in this fall!


The Power of Covenant (Deepening Faith: 6 classes; Tuesdays; 7-8:30 pm; Starting Sept. 8th)

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal, not a creedal faith.  Rather than being bound by doctrines dictated to us, we promise to walk together in love and loyalty as we search for meaning and truth.  However, as Martin Buber says, we are promise-making, promise breaking, promise re-making creatures.

In this six week class, Rev. Kelly will help us explore the history and theology of covenant and why it serves as a foundation for liberal religion.  Then we will explore and practice how to actually live in covenant.  For instance, how do we disagree respectfully, address conflict, have difficult conversations?  The concepts apply to our congregation and to all the relationships in your life.  Each session will include spiritual practice, dialogue, and interaction.  Reading assignments will come from Redeeming Time: Endowing Your Church with the Power of Covenant edited by Walter P. Herz; The 2000 Minns Lectures By Alice Blair Wesley; and the 2012 Berry Street Lecture by Fred Muir.  You may want to consider buying a used copy of Redeeming Time on Amazon.

Sessions will be held Tuesday evenings September 8 – October 137:00 – 8:30.  Emerson Room. Please RSVP to Steve Todd.

  • Session 1:  The History of Covenant in Unitarian Universalism
  • Session 2: Covenantal Theology
  • Session 3: Errors of Individualism
  • Session 4:  Ways We Break Covenant
  • Session 5: How to Re-build Covenant When It’s Been Broken
  • Session 6: Covenanting With Those Beyond Our Walls

Bringing Unitarian Universalism  Home– Parents as Spiritual Guides (Deepening Faith: 4 classes; Sunday Mornings; 9:15 – 10:10 am; October 4th through 25th)

“Will our children have a spiritual life?”  The late wise elder Joseph Campbell answered:  “If we do.” Spirituality is the depth dimension of life and parents can be excellent spiritual guides if they take some time to honor their own yearnings, wonderings and reflections and share them with their children and others.

In this 4 week course, facilitated by Janen Wright (UUCB Faith Development Director) parents and others who work closely with children will join together to share experiences and ideas of how to honor and deepen our faith and the faith of our children in our day to day lives. Together we will learn ways to create an environment where children can grow spiritually as well as mentally, emotionally and physically.

Class will be held Sunday mornings in October from 9:15 am- 10:10 am.  Childcare is available. Please RSVP to Steve Todd


This Changes Everything – A Climate Change Perspective on Capitalism and Social Justice (Enacting Justice: 4 classes; Tuesdays; 7-8:30 pm; Starting Oct. 27th)

 In her new international bestseller, This Changes Everything, Naomi Klein argues that climate change isn’t just another issue among many but an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways. Her conclusion is that we either embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world – the status quo is no longer an option. Klein builds an intriguing and hopeful case that massively reducing our greenhouse emissions is our best chance to simultaneously reduce gaping inequalities, re-imagine our broken democracies, and rebuild our gutted local economies.

Using excerpts from Naomi Klein’s international bestseller This Changes Everything (Paperback will be available 8/4: in local bookstores, or $8.90 at Amazon) and other current writings by David Korten, Charles Eisenstein, Paul Gilding, and others, we will explore the economic and justice issues that climate change has brought us and envision a significantly different kind of world we are being called to co-create. Steve Todd will faciliate.

(Reading Klein’s book is encouraged but not required for participation in this discussion class. The paperback edition will be available 8/4: in local bookstores, or $8.90 at Amazon)

Class will be held Tuesday Evenings from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, October 27, November 3, 10, and 17.


Ted Talks for Unitarian Universalists (TTs4UUs!) (Living Well: 4 sessions; Sunday mornings in September, 9:15 to 10:10 am, starting Sept. 6th OR Thursday evenings in October, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, starting October 8th

 If you’ve ever watched a Ted Talk video, you know they are world-class educational, intriguing, surprising, and even life changing presentations. TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading” where the world’s leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Topics range from how your mind works, to the power of vulnerability, to adventure and travel, to questions like “do schools kill creativity?” or “does money make you mean?” and so much more!

Wouldn’t it be great to see one with friends and discuss it together? Here’s your chance. You can even nominate a favorite for the group to see and engage with. It’s your choice whether to get the mental and social circuits humming before worship on Sundays, or for an hour on Thursday evenings. (Or you might find it so satisfying you choose to do both!)

Viewing and discussion will happen Sunday mornings from 9:15 to 10:10 am on September 6, 13, 20, and 27. Or, come Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on October 8, 15, 22 and 29.

OWL Train the Trainers

The OWL program (which stands for Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education for all ages) has been part of what our faith has to offer our members and our communities since 1993.  We need at least two Certified Trainers to offer any of the OWL programs at our church.  Right now, those who are trained are few in number. However the good news is that between the UCC and UU professionals there are 4 OWL Trainings coming up in our district.  Take a look at these opportunities and see if you could fit one into your summer/fall plans.

Mark your calendars and register now!

August 7-8 Durango, CO. K-1/4-6 and 7-9/10-12. Sponsored by MDD LREDA, hosted by UU Fellowship of Durango. Register at  https://owl-durango.eventbrite.com. Home hospitality available. Contact Lisa McCorry: lisa.mccorry@gmail.com

August 14 – 16 Fort Collins, CO. K-1/4-6 ,  7-9/10-12, and Young Adult/Adult. Hosted by Plymouth UCC. Registrar: Terri Schulz tschulz@tnc.org, 970-556-3183

The other locations are : September 18-20 Logan, UT, September 25-27 Bozeman, MT

Inquiring Minds Book Group

Book GroupThe spring book discussion on BUDDHA’S BRAIN, facilitated by Tessa Davis, stimulated lively interaction on how the neural pathways of the brain can be “re-grooved” by practices such as meditation.
 
This summer, for the first time, we will be covering a book, and it will also be special as a multi-generational discussion.  The book will be ISHMAEL, by Daniel Quinn.  Many people have considered this book to be truly life-changing; whole movements have grown up around it.
A novel built on a Socratic dialogue between a man with a desire to save the world and his very unusual teacher, it reveals a holistic view of humans on earth, “how things came to be this way”, and what that means for the planet.  This is an opportunity to share in a deep growth experience with our high schoolers.  All are welcome to join us.
The dates are still To Be Determined, but will likely be two sessions in late July to early August.  If you are interested, please email heiditodd@aol.com.

RE Share Your Passion!

 Heidi teaches a songThe Religious Education Share Your Passion Summer Program is back!  Please sign up for a single Sunday (June through August)  when you can share with the kids something you feel passionate about.  Stories, songs, arts and crafts, outdoor activities are all welcome.  I will be with you to open, close and provide the snacks!
Please contact Janen Wright at janenpw19@gmail.com to volunteer and for more information.

Befriending the Imagination: A Special Evening for Parents and Educators

GendlerBefriending the Imagination; a special evening for parents and educators

with award-winning, author, artist, and educator

Ruth Gendler, The Book of Qualities, Notes on the Need for Beauty; Editor, Changing Light

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2015
  • 6:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Lafayette, CO
  • Soup supper provided
  • Free will donation. Childcare provided. REGISTRA TION:The human imagination can be considered an essential natural resource – not rare but precious – and it needs our attention to flourish. In this program, author and artist Gendler celebrates the immensity, wisdom and beauty of the child’s imagination. As a poet-in-the-schools for over 25 years, Gendler has gathered an extraordinary collection of children’s art and writing. After supper, we will see and hear selections that celebrate the directness, beauty, and profoundity of childrens’ imaginations. Inspired by their work, we will talk about ways to nourishthe imagination in all of us.

Childhood Religion; Adult Spiritual Choices – A Creative Retreat

GendlerSAT. 3/21/15 8:30 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

Childhood Religion; Adult Spiritual Choices – A Creative Retreat

Using unique practices, silence, conversation and writing to honor the past and step onto a future path. How do we give voice to qualities of the soul and questions of the heart with our imaginations?

Registration: $45 (childcare $10) Snacks and lunch provided. Register online at www.bvuuf.org/schoolofthespirit/adults LOCATION: BOULDER VALLEY UU FELLOWSHIP SANCTUARY

WITH AWARD WINNING AUTHOR J. RUTH GENDLER

$45.00 (CHILDCARE $10)

BRING A JOURNAL 

UUCB Kids Send Love of Earth to Senators

UUCB Valentines - 1 UUCB valentines 2-15-15Earth Guardians empowered UUCB kids follow up:  On Sunday Feb 15 UUCB kids responded to the invitation and encouragement of the Earth Guardians to get involved and make a difference.  After establishing that Senators could make laws and policies that help to protect the earth and that they could help by encouraging them to do so, the kids used colored paper, stickers, crayons and markers to make valentines to send to Colorado Senators Bennet and Gardner.  The greetings were spot on!  Just a few examples: “I care about the Earth.  Do you?”, “Please protect our planet.  We rely on it.” and “Thank you for keeping our air clean. I love Earth”.  The cards will be delivered to the Senator’s offices in Washington DC.  We’re hoping for a response!

Earth Guardians Empower UUCB Kids

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The UUCB Climate Action Ministry (CAM) sponsored a January 25th Faith Development class for our kids, featuring special guests with a message of inspiration and empowerment.  Xiuhtezcatl (14 years old) and Itzcuauhtli  (9) Roske-Martinez, and their father, Siri Martinez visited our classes to teach them about climate change and respect for Nature and the Earth.  They represent Earth Guardians, their international environmental activism organization with Boulder roots.

The Martinezes are of Aztec ancestry, and so began the class with an interactive Native American chant invoking the presence of Spirit for the proceedings.  After showing a brief video, X. and I. spoke about their love of Nature, how that inspired them to take action to protect the Earth, and how each person—even children—can make a difference.  Then our multi-age class joined X. and I. in a spirited rap song, “Be The Change”.  Seeing young people near their age in action totally engaged our UUCB kids for 45 minutes!

Earth Guardians will be the Share Our Plate recipients for the month of April, so the congregation will get a chance to find out more about their activities.

Adult Faith Development Offerings for March

RighteousThe Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided By Politics and Religion

A book discussion led by the Rev. Amy Rowland, UUCB Assistant Minister: Tuesdays, March 4, 11, & 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm

In this 3-week discussion group, we will explore the inventive rethinking of moral frameworks presented in Jonathan Haidt’s “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion.”

In this book, Haidt challenges us to rethink the role that reason plays in our decision process (it’s less than you might think, or wish!)

He explores how moral groundings, which differ regionally, impact what we believe counts as ‘moral.’ And he presents six moral foundations that he claims help to explain why liberals and conservatives have such difficulty entering into meaningful dialogue.

This three-session workshop will involve a discussion of the book and exploration of these moral frameworks and our decision-making processes.

Participants will need a copy of the book by Jonathan Haidt.

Please read the first four chapters before the first class.

 

Treasures at UUCB and Tales from Our History

 stained glassHave you ever wondered about the story behind the copper doors outside Howell’s office, or the stained glass window in the sanctuary or where our grand piano came from?  Or what the church was like in the 60’s, or 80’s or 00’s?    If so, plan to attend a 3-session class On Monday evenings in March (3/10, 3/17, 3/24) when Tessa Davis will lead a class that will give you the answers to these questions and more about UUCB’s past and our building’s art treasures. Sessions will be from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at UUCB.

grand_piano Forrest Whitman

Autumn Means Life-Long Learning

AutumnThe kids are back in school – how about you? Do you like learning new things? Do you value the thoughts, insights and opinions of your fellow UUCB members and enjoy meaningful interactions with one another? Do you have ideas and/or questions to share? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you’re a natural to join one or more of our Fall Adult Classes; and we’d be delighted to have you!

Call it Faith Development or Religious Education or Life-Long Learning, we have a vital and enriching program of classes, workshops, seminars and discussions in three distinct areas of interest that will resume again this Fall. What’s your interest: Salvation in this lifetime? Justice, peace and harmony in our world?  How to handle teens, or retirement, or a tv addiction? All of the above?

Here is a brief rundown of coming attractions for the “Fall Quarter”:

Deepening Faith

• Lifecraft – The skill and the art of making and discovering meaning in our daily lives. With guidance from the dearly departed Rev. Forrest Church

Enacting Justice

• The Future of Democracy in America – Threats and Opportunities for 21st Century Citizens

Living Well

• The IM (Inquiring Minds) Open Book Group reads: Incognito – The Secret lives of the Brain by neuroscientist David Eagleman

• TTs4UUs – Ted Talks for Unitarian Universalists. Watch and be amazed. Engage and be enriched.

 

Visit our table in the Sky Room during the Coffee Hour on Sundays in September for more information, schedules and signups.

Teacher’s Training and Collaborative Discussion with Janen, our new Director of Lifespan Faith Development

Our new Director of Lifespan Faith Development, Janen Wright, is holding an initial Teacher’s Training and Collaborative Discussion on September 4, from 6-8 pm at UUCB.  Please attend this meeting if you are interested in helping with teaching in the RE program (we need new teacher volunteers!  I cannot emphasize this enough!), interested in learning more about Janen and her ideas, or just feel particularly invested in the future of the Lifespan Faith Development programming at UUCB.

Lifespan Faith Development by Justin Butterworth

Justin ButterworthI am sad, yet excited, to share my final newsletter column with you as Interim Lifespan Faith Development Director.  This past half-year has given me incredible insight, wisdom, and experience in working with the youth of our fine congregation at UUCB.  In many ways, I am saddened that I will not be continuing in this role—I will cherish the experiences, laughs, and even the frustrations.  On the other hand, I am extremely thrilled and enthused that our new DRE, Janen, will be taking over this role.  From my conversations with her, she will be a great fit, and will bring a renewed energy and enthusiasm to our Lifespan Faith Development program.  I will be assisted her in making the transition into her new role during the first part of September.

She has asked me to gather teachers/interested to-be teachers for a teacher’s training meeting and collaborative discussion on Wednesday, September 4th, from 6-8 PM.  Please contact me at lifespanfaith.uucb@gmail.com if you are interested in attending to learn more about her ideas, and being trained as a teacher at UUCB.  I know that Janen will be needing a great deal of support to revitalize our RE programming at UUCB, so please plan on attending!

Again, it has been an absolute joy to serve in this role at UUCB.  I have appreciated all the positive feedback, and will continue to do so.  The role of an interim director is only to serve for a short time, and this has been a blessing to step into a leadership role at UUCB.  I look forward to continue working with the RE programming and beyond at UUCB after I step down.

On a final note, the Lifespan Faith Development programming at UUCB will only be successful if the entire community steps up to support our various endeavors.  I know we as a congregation are capable of moving and shaking our RE programming into a new, fresh era.  I hope you each decide to step up to necessary tasks that will be arriving soon.

Much love and care,

Justin

Lifespan Faith Development by Justin Butterworth

Justin ButterworthI’d like to speak to what Summer 2013 looks like here at UUCB in terms of our young UUs Lifespan Faith Development programming.  As some of you may know, UUCB is not holding their own summer camp this year.  With all of the transition in the leadership of the Lifespan Faith Development program, we felt unable to fully offer an energetic and exciting camp.

So, rather than holding our own camp, we are extending our congregational reach to our UU community offerings.  There are multiple other camps and retreats that are occurring this summer offered within the Front Range UU Community.  I would draw particular attention to the youth summer camp offered at BVUUF in Lafayette.  “Dharma Camp” will be held from June 3rd to June 7th, 9 AM to 3 PM daily at BVUUF.  ‘This camp will offer an interfaith UU and Buddhist camp for children, celebrating and learning with martial arts, calligraphy, kyudo (Zen archery), as well as a Bouncy Castle, fire circle, animals in our Zoo Room, afternoon water play and twice daily chapels.’  I would encourage all UUCB families to look into this exciting camp as a way to expand connections with our local UU community.

At UUCB, we will be presenting a special curriculum for the summer.  While we understand that families may be away frequently on trips over the summer, we are hoping to maintain enthusiasm and interest through an exciting program.  More details to follow soon.

And finally, I wanted our members to know that I will be staying on as the Interim Director of Lifespan Faith Development through August.  We are hoping to have our new, permanent Director of Lifespan Faith Development hired shortly.  I appreciate your continued support and help as we move through these summer months.

Lifespan Faith Development by Justin Butterworth

I think it’s about time that I reflect on the past few months in this interim position, as I am just over Justin Butterworthhalf way through my time as Lifespan Faith Development Director at UUCB.

Most every Sunday, folks seem to ask me “So how’s the job going?”  In reflection, my answers have definitely changed depending on when you asked me.  If you asked me in February, I probably answered, “I’m playing catch-up, but it’s good.”  If you asked me in March, I might have said the same thing.  Lately, I’ve been saying, “It’s great, I’m really starting to enjoy and settle into this role.”  To be honest, it feels fantastic to be able to say that.

While it has been a ‘dive-right-in’ scenario, I have found so much joy in working with our young Unitarian Universalists.  I have gathered funny and heartwarming stories from our youth that I will undoubtedly carry with me forever.  I would love to just share a few reflections I have had on my journey with them so far…

  • Our young UU’s are so very full of wisdom.  The bits of truth they offer our classes each week manages to get deep in my heart.  Let’s not forget this.
  • Our young UU’s have reminded me how important it is to live with a light-heart.  Even as a twentysomething, I often forget how to bring humor, play, and ease into my life.  I’m sure we can all use some of this.
  • Our young UU’s speak their mind.  While sometimes this might not be ideal (Parents, you might be able to speak to this), their honesty and questioning is so fresh and important in the world we have today.
  • Lastly, our young UU’s are role models.  They live, reflect, and embody the UU values.  I’m consistently blown away by how much they do this in every day interactions.  I look up to them, even if I have to look down to see them!

I cherish the work I do with our youth, and look forward to continuing in this work.

If you are interested in helping with Sunday Religious Education, UU Summer Camp, or other youth events, please don’t hesitate to contact me at lifespanfaith.uucb@gmail.com.  We can always use more volunteers in the classroom and elsewhere!

Lifespan Faith Development by Justin Butterworth

March 20th was Spring Equinox, or the first day of Spring.  While we may still have snow for a while, we are beginning to see signs of new growth in the world around us: daffodils peaking up above the soil, and more birds singing their songs.  So to, there is an opportunity for us as conscious beings to break out of the internal reflection of Winter.  A “Spring Cleaning” might be in order, so to speak.

 

We may have touched into or discovered things over the Winter about ourselves that are powerful, tender, and often bring up feelings of fear.  Fear of looking into the shadowy places of our being, fear of being our true selves, or something else.

 

As you enter in to the upcoming season, consider facing these fears and try them on.  You have the support in this congregation, and you are worthy.  Below is a story for your reflections; may it bring you strength and courage…

 

Tu Fu’s Reappearance

 

Out of the yellow mist he came again, his Asian beard in tow.  We were on a healthy shore, and he sat cross-legged in the sand, scratching delicately with a branch, his slender head down.  I crouched and put it to him, “How do I block the fear?” He kept scratching the sand as if he hadn’t heard.  I grew angry, “How do I block the fear?!” He lifted his head and shrugged, branch waving above him, “How does a tree block the wind?” With that, he disappeared.

 

Fear often gets its power from not looking.  Explore something you are currently afraid to look at directly and why.

 

From “As Far As the Heart Can See” by Mark Nepo, ©2011 Mark NepoJustin Butterworth

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