Examining Faith Through Feeling
December 2, 9, and 16 at 9:30am
Led by Rachel Shivers
When reflecting on faith statements in Christian circles, we've often been trained to ask "is this true," rather than "how does this feel" or "is this healthy." For three weeks, we're going to take an adventure in examining how our beliefs affect our body sensations and our emotions towards ourselves, others and the divine. We'll slow down and tune in to make observations and gain a deeper awareness about the feelings that our beliefs evoke. We'll open ourselves to the opportunity to more deeply embrace and enjoy the nourishing aspects of our faith, while we also allow ourselves to consider releasing beliefs that we find unhelpful, harmful or hurtful.
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Sustaining Activism for the Long Haul: Connecting to Your Deep Purpose
Friday, December 14; 5:30- 9 PM
Location: First Congregational UCC
Co-sponsors: Manhattan Mennonite Church, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
How do we connect to what is ours to do in this world? What can we hold on to while the world swirls around us? How do we stay engaged in advocating for justice for the long haul....without burning out? How might we find joy in the work?
We will engage these and other similar questions at this gathering. We begin the evening with a simple supper and use group work and individual reflection to help each participant connect to their sense of deep purpose. The evening will also include an opportunity for brief guided or silent meditation, qigong, community acupuncture, or learning about spiritual direction.
This event is appropriate for people of all faiths and for those who do not claim a faith. If you need childcare or have any dietary restrictions, please let us know. Questions? Contact Revs. Barbara Krehbiel Gerhring, Jonalu Johnstone, or Caela Simmons Wood.
November 18 is our annual pot-luck meal together after church and this year we're also celebrating the 20th anniversary of Second Helping. You are invited to bring a dish to share, and please bring your own plate, cup, and silverware. If you can come before church to set up or stay afterward to clean up, you are very welcome. We need to have the area ready for Second Helping that evening.