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Judea Weekly eNews for March 9 - Cultivating Compassion

Friends,

     Before I begin, please set a reminder for yourself to turn your analog clocks back Saturday night.  Daylight Savings Time is here!!

     There is a lot I want to share with you this week but promise to spare you from too many words.  To get to the heart of it.  Getting to the heart of it is what we are attempting to do with our Compassionate Communication, aka Non-Violent Communication.  It is a program formulated by Marshall Rosenberg that has, at its basis, a philosophy of respect and empowerment for each other as equal human beings compared to the common cultural approach of dominance or maintaining disproportionate power between two people.  It is like learning a different language – it IS learning a different language.  Challenging but full of rewards.  You are welcome to join the group of six or seven that embarked on this last night.  Read more about it in the announcement on the right.

     Isn’t it funny how themes establish themselves?  Marshall Rosenberg at times refers to Non-Violent Communication as “Compassionate Giving.”  It is indeed a gift to be treated with compassion and respect.  Annie Baur shared this NY Times article with us this week, too:  The Pope and the Panhandler.  Click through and give it a read.  It will give you food for thought. 

     And a lovely quote contributed by Pastor Cheryl from a recent Lenten meditation:  “Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good. What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale… When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.”  (Clarissa Pinkola Estes, 1945 - )

     I believe our Good Reverend plans to share that in worship on Sunday as we gather together.  Her topic this week is letting go of worry.  In the anonymous words we found online:  “Pray.  Put it in a God box.  Let go.”  Come and share the time of prayer, song, and fellowship with us!

     Finally, I have a special request of you all.  You will find an announcement to the right that you may have already seen.  It is about a proposed “Trivia Night.”  Before we commit to having it (on April 22 or May 13), we absolutely need a few people to step forward to coordinate this great event.  Coordination involves logistical items (setup, coordination with the “master of ceremonies” who will run the game, tables, chairs), promotional coordination, and light refreshments.  It promises to be a fun night and there appears to be a lot of people who love playing trivia games.  Give it some thought, consider pitching in and then contact the office or Annie Baur if you want to help.

 I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Karen Esslinger
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