Are we willing to open our minds and hearts to people who may not think like us? What does it look like, what does it feel like? How do we do it? Explore this habit of the Heart For Democracy.
In the spirit of communal celebration and connection we all seek to share, the Bread Service will be joyful, thoughtful, and generous. Through music, poetry, readings, and song we will embrace our commonalities and seek to put aside conflict for a time.
Finding Your Voice – Respect and compassion for others starts by respecting yourself, feeling compassion for yourself. A vibrant democracy needs citizens who say what they need, and share what they yearn for.
How often do you have a real conversation with someone you strongly disagree with? When you do, are you trying to convince the person of your point of view, trying to listen, or something else? In this service I will reflect on my recent experiences with deep dialogue around the topic of Black Lives Matter. I will share some of the wisdom that Krista Tippett offered on deep dialogue.
Finally, I will invite you to practice a moment of deep dialogue within the safety of our church.
Andrew Frantz has been a member of OUUF since 2002. He is a full-time graduate student at Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary with the goal of being ordained as a Unitarian Universalist minister. He recently moved to Wooster, Ohio as part of his minister training.
“To thine own self be true.” That is about the soundest advice you could get. But, what does it really mean? How do you know who you really are, let alone how to be true to yourself? The more we live on the surface of our identity, the less we are in touch with our deeper self. How can we know who we truly are when we spend our time and attention trying to be something other than what we find ourselves to be? No amount of changing ourselves for the purpose of being perceived as cool or fashionable or getting the approval of others is going to bring us any closer to really knowing ourselves.
I invite you to come and learn together about what it means, “To thine own self be True.”
We have no choice but to be haunted. Long after a loved one or friend dies, we still have undelivered messages for that person. This service, drawing on pre-Christian traditions of the Celts, addresses that unmet need.
3rd Habit of the Heart for Vibrant Democracy.
How may we hold tension creatively – in our relationships, congregation, community – so we open to new understandings of ourselves and our world, enhancing our lives and allowing us to enhance other people’s lives?