Soul Matters February 2021: Beloved Community
Dear Channing members and friends,
This month, we pause to reflect upon Beloved Community. Beloved Community is a space where everyone can join together and be accepted and held in loving embrace – people of any race, ethnicity, gender, class, education, sexual orientation, or identity. Author bell hooks writes, “Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.” Let us each embrace differences and claim our own unique identities! It’s about joining together in the interdependent web we hold so dear – all of us held in love, respect, and care. And let this spur us into action – to be a source of justice in the world – actively pursuing our call of bringing Beloved Community to the world around us.
Beloved Community is our worship theme for February, 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 Imagination with you!
Young Adults (20s, 30s, 40s):
Wednesday, February 17 7:30-9pm
Saturday, February 20 10-11:30am
Wednesday, February 24 6:30-8pm
I hope to see you there!