Message: “Self-Compassion” from Rev. Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins

Rev. Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins - May 1, 2022


If you loved yourself well, what would your life look like? What language would you use to describe yourself, to ask for what you want, to protect your boundaries? Who in your life mothered you the way you most wanted to be mothered? What would be different about your walk in the world if you treated yourself with that same love and compassion? This morning we will talk about compassionate love and why it is sometimes so hard to give to oneself.

From Monthly: "Nurturing Beauty"

For May, our theme is Nurturing Beauty, and we’ll explore it in worship, small group discussion, and personal reflection. Theologian Robert McAfee Brown wrote: “Where beauty is apparent, we are to enjoy it. Where there is beauty hidden, we are to unveil it. Where there is beauty defaced, we are to restore it. Where there is no beauty at all, we are to create it.” Activist and songwriter Phil Ochs observed: “In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty.” UU minister the Rev. Mary Katherine Morn says: “Beauty awakens and admonishes us… We are here, in religious community, not to hide from the anguished cries or the tender lullabies. We are here, in religious community, not to protect our hearts from breaking. We are here together to borrow courage for the task of coming alive. We are here so that together we might heed the admonitions of beauty. Answer the call to create, protect, and preserve.”

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