Companioning means being present, listening, and bearing witness to another person's struggles without trying to fix things. This morning we'll explore the ways that companioning supports the pastoral needs of those who are grieving and in pain, and also leads to social change.
John O'Donohue says, "The state of one's heart inevitably shapes one's life." What is the shape of your heart right now? Is it courage, fear, heaviness, love, forgiveness? Join us today as we explore blessings for these times of confusion and possibility.
Empathy is not self-satisfied. It does not replace the need to take action. In fact, empathy fuels the commitment to fix systems not people, to dismantle unjust and cruel systems. It fuels the passion for a kinder, more caring world. It fires our commitment to give life the shape of justice.
Collaboration is the art of working together. Doing it well takes creativity, experimentation, and the willingness to learn from our mistakes. How well are we doing in our lives and in our congregation as getting creative together?
Julia Ward Howe, the Unitarian abolitionist who wrote the Battle Hymn of the Republic, wanted to establish a Mother's Peace Day. In her 1870 proclamation, she wrote: "Arise, all women who have hearts." This Mother's Day we take our cue from Howe and explore what it means to practice creative resistance.
Join us as we celebrate the sacredness of the Earth and the unique beauty of all its creatures with our Unitarian Universalist Flower Communion. This beautiful ceremony was created by Rev. Norbert Capek, who founded the modern Czechoslovakian Unitarian Church. To learn more about this UU traditional holiday, visit https://www.uua.org/worship/holidays/flower-ceremony or www.uuberks.org.