There will be tensions and a sense of hopelessness in this country regardless of who wins the election. We started the month focusing on the individual, then our community. To finish, we’ll explore some questions that face us as a nation like racism, the politics of division, and to question what we are called to as UUs.
This month the cover of our Soul Matters packet asks "What Does It Mean to be a Community of Healing?" Healing isn't traditional language for UUs. Is it in our religious DNA, or is it a trend we are responding to in society? Are we a 'community of healing' as UUFCO in Central Oregon?
Joseph Campbell, mythologist, taught that spiritual life is a hero’s journey, yet healing takes compassion and gentleness. What does it mean to be a hero and how can this help us with our own healing work?
Even UUs haven't yet found the fourmula for Utopia -- conflict is a normal part of life in our congregations (gasp!). Like flying in an airplane or sailing a boat, being in a congregational community means needing to be equipped for difficulties. Part of UUFCO's growth means new and better tools are needed to handle difficult situations. What's being done? What does it mean for you and us as a whole?
What are we to do about the increasing numer of prejudiced remarks and acts of injustice - to confront these and make a difference? Reverend Emily A. Champagne will share stories which use our own personal courage to further justice, fairness, and equality when we are suddenly alone and confronted face to face with bigotry, prejudice, and just plain meanness.