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Open the Window to Vulnerability
Mar. 5 – Laughing Matters with Rev Pippin
Laughter is the best medicine, they say. Yet, not all laughter is equal. Laughing at someone else’s misfortune or mocking laughter does not yield the same benefits. We need a special ingredient truly to enjoy a good laugh. This ingredient asks something of us and opens up possibilities for spiritual growth as well. Join this service to explore the secret, and enjoy a good laugh or two as well.
Mar. 12 – Protecting the Land, Protecting the People with Dan Everett et al.
Changes in our climate have left many communities vulnerable to the effects of increasing natural disasters and have forced these communities to relocate. This service encourages us to ask ourselves the following questions: What would you do if an area of your home is prone to flooding or mudslides? What would you lose? Who in your community would need extra help to ensure they are safe?
This UN Sunday morning worship service is led by UUFA’s Earth Ministry Team with the guidance of the UUA Office at the United Nations.
Mar. 19 – Unlearning “Survival of the Fittest” and Other Ways to Thwart Imperialism with Rev Pippin
The concept of “survival of the fittest” is full of myth and power and has been used by some to justify domination, conquest, and violence. Too often, we assume that survival of the fittest is a law of nature. In this service, we listen more deeply to nature to unravel the myth of this captivating concept and free ourselves from its dangerous implications.
Mar. 20 – Spring Equinox Service at 7:00 PM
An evening service in celebration of the spring equinox. Come experience the element of air in this all- ages service with flute and aerial arts from Canopy Studio.
Mar. 26 – Wake Up Every Day: Tapping into the Power of the Mundane with Rev Pippin
Waking up every day may sound like pretty basic practical advice, yet how awake are you as you move throughout your day? In this service, we journey through different spiritual practices that members have used to tap into the power of everyday activities. Witness practices that allow them to awaken to the present, to spirit, to source, or to a sense of the ultimate–any time, any day.
The UUFA Monthly Theme for March is: Vulnerability. The fellowship offers many opportunities and invitations to explore the theme. We will be exploring the theme of Vulnerability in the following Sunday services:
Reflection Ideas Questions
Are you seeking more ways to explore the theme of Vulnerability? Check out the Minister’s reflection and Board column. You may also consider reflecting on these quotes:
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.” –Brené Brown
A “Kindness” by Naomi Shihab Nye, A Poetry Film by Ana Pérez López. watch it here: video poem “Kindness” –Valarie Kaur
“It’s the backwards law in action: in order to become more resilient, more formidable, you must first bare your flaws and weaknesses for the world to see. In doing so, they lose their power over you.”
Here are some questions you may use as a prompt for conversation or for a journal entry.
- Has vulnerability gotten easier or harder as you’ve grown older?
- Are you tired of pretending that you are strong?
- Are you good at asking for help?
- What is your favorite failure? i.e., which of your failures ended up leading to unexpected success or to a gift?
- Which kind of vulnerability scares you the most: Saying “I need help,” “This is me,” “I’m sorry,” “I’m tired,” “I disagree,” or “I like you.”
- What’s one thing this month that you could do to stop hiding that truth you’re so scared to share?