Category: Monthly Essay

A Letter to Our Near-Future Selves

Dearly Loved Community, Near and Far,

As I write on this late October evening, the stress of all the uncertainties of these past months and years has reached a new level of intensity. The November 3 elections are very close; the pandemic and other natural disasters … read more.

Where Can We Go to Find Resilience?

Every single one of us, no matter what our age or life circumstances, has some story of resilience—some story about experiencing a tough time and finding our way through it. When we share these stories, what strengths do we discover? Who and what helped us? … read more.

Wonder, Grieve, Breathe, Push, Love – A Practice

On the first page of Valarie Kaur’s beautiful book, See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love, she remembers a time in her childhood when “there was no question: The earth under me, the stars above me, the animals around me, were all … read more.

Start with Wonder, Start with Breath

WALK SLOWLY

by Danna Faulds

from Go In and In: Poems from the Heart of Yoga

 

It only takes a reminder to breathe,

a moment to be still, and just like that,

something in me settles, softens, makes

space for imperfection. The harsh voice

of judgment drops to a whisper and I

remember … read more.

Resources for the Work of #BlackLivesMatter — We Can Do This!

For the Unitarian Univeraslist Association’s first-ever virtual General Assembly, June 24-28 this year, Mistakes and Miracles co-author Karin Lin and I offered a pre-recorded workshop titled “We Can Do This! Faith, Conflict, and Antiracism.” I’ll let you know if I can make this hourlong conversation … read more.

What Does It Mean to Be a People of Compassion?

The Warp and Weft of Compassion

 by Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Originally this June, we were set to ask ourselves, “What does it mean to be a people of Play?” A light and joyful month! A reminder of our need for rest and play! An invitation to nurture and recover the … read more.

What Does It Mean to Be a People of Liberation?

Feeling What We’re Feeling

and Finding Meaning in That

by Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

Beloveds, let’s take a breath ………..

And another ……….

We are moving now into our second month of Sheltering in Place—how are you doing, really? Have you already cycled through several rounds of ups and downs? … read more.

What Does It Mean to Be a People of Resilience?

Reclaiming Our Resilience
by Rev. Nancy Palmer Jones

The word resilience rings like a chime through adrienne maree brown’s book, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds. (She spells her name all lowercase.) This powerful, action-inspiring book has shifted the way I think about resilience and, in … read more.