Our theme for the month of February is Resilience. We will be posting about it and incorporating it into our services.
“[Resilience] is to watch a gathering darkness until all light is swallowed up completely without the power to interfere or bring a halt. Then in that darkness, to continue one’s journey with one’s footsteps guided by the illumination of remembered radiance.” – Howard Thurman
Here is a song to get us started:
The dictionary defines resilience as a) the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness and b) the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
In her reflection, “Come to Church Anyway!” Victoria Weinstein discusses that we should always show up. Sometimes showing up requires resilience.
This song is about resilience.
“This month brings the Jewish High Holy Days—the New Year, Rosh Hashanah, followed ten days later by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The days in between are known as the Days of Turning—a time devoted to fixing what has broken in one’s relationships. There is wisdom in admitting that our brokenness is how to make a new start…
Mystical Judaism teaches that the Ark of the Covenant is a symbol of the human heart. And there, in our hearts, brokenness and wholeness live side by side; we carry them wherever we go.”
Read the full reflection from Rev. Teri Schwartz online at Quest for Meaning: http://tinyurl.com/y799h4t4
The Church of the Larger Fellowship’s spiritual theme for September is resilience.
Image Credit: UUA
“I’m not sure if resilience is ever achieved alone. Experience allows us to learn from example. But if we have someone who loves us-I don’t mean who indulges us, but who loves us enough to be on our side-then it’s easier to grow resilience, to grow belief in self, to grow self-esteem. And it’s self-esteem that allows a person to stand up.” – Maya Angelou
May this TED Talk help you discover your own resilience.