Each and every one of us suffers – that is a part of the human condition. We are all wounded. What varies, however, is how we react to this wounding. Theologian Henri J. M. Nouwen writes, “Nobody escapes being wounded. We all are wounded people, whether physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. The main question is not ‘How can we hide our wounds?’ so we don’t have to be embarrassed, but ‘How can we put our woundedness in the service of others?’” Let us not be ashamed but – if it feels healthy – use our experiences to aid another. Sometimes, the best thing we can do is to offer a familiar ear. This is a powerful act of healing! Author bell hooks writes, “rarely, if ever, are any of us healed in isolation. Healing is an act of communion.” This month we embrace that act of communion, joining together as a sacred community to heal. Together as a church, we will work to heal both our own personal wounds and the wounds emerging from society at large.
Healing is our worship theme for November, and the theme for our small groups. These small groups are special because they allow each member to deeply engage with the topic in multiple ways. In preparation for each month’s Small Group, I will send each group member a packet. You are invited to select from this packet one spiritual exercise and one question to reflect on before our meeting together. While reviewing the packet ahead of time is a great way to prepare for group, please do not let a busy schedule deter you from participating. Whatever amount of time you are able to dedicate to preparation is just the right amount of time!
I ask that you sign up ahead of time. Please use the link below. Please provide me your email address so that I can send you the packet for you to review. I will also provide all attendees a Zoom link the day of the Small Group. If the slot that you can attend is full, just let me know. We have opened our small groups to the public to share our gifts with the community. Feel free to invite friends. I am excited to explore the topic of Healing with you!
Young Adults (20s, 30s, 40s):
Wednesday, Nov. 18 7-8:30pm
Friday, Nov 20 2:30-4pm
Tuesday, Nov 24 7:30-9pm