For this service, we will take some time to sit with some harder questions. How do we hold grief and suffering, especially in this time? How do we hold the suffering of others? How do we hold those who cause suffering? Our Unitarian Universalist theology and heritage holds some wisdom for these questions. And we will also examine and discover our own answers together.
Speaker: Sky Williams-Tao
What wisdom can our responses to COVID-19 teach us? We will search for wisdom in the widespread international stories and in the supremely local homes of our own bodies.
This service will be intergenerational. It will be a time to ask the questions: What does it mean to be a community that welcomes people of all genders? And what does that commitment ask of us? Sky Williams-Tao will give a reflection on these questions, and then there will be time to discuss in small groups and as a whole congregation.
Awe can be a beautiful feeling that connects us to others, and to things that are beyond us as individuals. However, awe can also be wrapped in fear and dread, and it can be a tactic of domination. What can awe teach us about when to rest and find support in what is beyond us? And what can awe teach us about resistance, and survival?
There is something in awe that can be incredibly diminishing and othering. When we are in awe of something that feels bigger than us and out there, that creates distance between us and whatever we are in awe of. It also diminishes us. When awe rests on something or someone else being bigger or better, it also by implication rests on us being smaller or worse. What could an awe be like that affirms us and brings us closer into relationship?