Change Ourselves, Change the World

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. ... We need not wait to see what others do.”  
- Mahatma Gandhi

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Weekly Judea eNews for July 20 - Honoring the Body, tag sale, and more...

Dear Friends,

    This week begins our Faith Practice called Honoring the Body and will go through mid-August.  Honoring the body means choosing a life of wholeness, holiness, and joy. Over the next month, Pastor Cheryl will lead us on an exploration of how we can understand our own bodies as gifts from God.  Join us at 10 am this Sunday for a service for adults and Summer Camp Sunday School for the kids, all designed around this theme. 

     In the meantime and between Sundays, you might consider paying attention to those little delights of the senses and take extra care of that holy body of yours.  This morning as I was driving in to the office, I had the windows down in just the right way to allow for the optimum in air circulation.  The cool breeze swirled around me and even down to my ankles.  I will swear that little effort I made to adjust it just right made it possible for me to take a detour through heaven!  And oh that watermelon that Jim cut up and shared with me the other day was exquisite, too.  As was the shade from the big sycamore tree on the Green that John Minnis and I shared during a conversation the other day…  So check in with your needs and feed them with the little gifts like that whenever you can.

     There are tons of ways to enjoy the summer all over Litchfield County this weekend but you don’t have to go far to play.  Without leaving the digital device you are using to read this, you can enjoy a re-visit to the Green Fair by watching the video that Tony Vengrove made of the event.  Here on the Green and in New Milford there is another weekend line-up.  On Friday, you can enjoy a concert in our Meeting House with the New Baroque Soloists, hosted by the Washington Friends of Music.  And on Saturday, come to Part II of the Green Fair.  Even if you visited the white elephant sale in the Parish House and cruised the furniture on the Green, now that the top layer has been removed, it is easier to see the treasures that remain.  And if you are strong and able-bodied, you can get some exercise helping set up and/or clean-up for this sale.  And all weekend in New Milford, you can attend the Loaves and Fishes juried art show: enjoy good art and support a great cause.

     All the details for these things and several more are included in the announcements on the right.

     And if you have not dropped something off for the Washington-Warren Food Bank, please do so when you come by for one of these other activities!

Blessings on your summer!

Karen Esslinger
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