Memories can define us and set us free. They can also limit our ability to see other perspectives and keep us from being able to reframe our own narrative. Join us this morning as we reflect on how memory helps and sometimes hinders us in creating who we are as a people and as individuals. Our offering today will benefit the Reading Public Library.
This morning we explore what it means to be part of a religious community that challenges and inspires us, that heals and holds us. New members will join the church, and all members will be celebrated for their years of devotion to UU Berks.
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.