We offer gratitude for the many gifts of our lives, and we grieve the painful legacies of imperialism, colonialism, and white supremacy. Honoring Thanksgiving/Thanxgrieving in our community is an opportunity to practice the “both/and” thinking that transcends the polarization of “either/or” thinking and holds space for the complex realities and many emotions stirred by the holiday season.
We’ll explore in our worship, small groups, and personal reflection this month’s theme, The Path of Change. Did you believe anyone who said that change was easy? All that you touch, you Change. / All that you Change, Changes you. / The only lasting truth is Change. / God is Change. ~ Octavia Butler, author of the groundbreaking novel Parable of the Sower Faced with the choice between changing one’s mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith, economist and diplomat We need an ecological approach to justice that includes inner work, interpersonal work, and intercultural systemic work — meaning, working within ourselves and between ourselves, and then working to change the systems that we’re living in. ~ Rhonda Magee, mindfulness teacher, Professor of Law, author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice We explicitly open ourselves to the possibility of change, even opening our Principles and Sources to the possibility of revision, because we know that no single formulation or understanding or articulation of our purpose will serve for all times and places. ~ Rev. Rod Richards And I wonder, particularly in a time where everything seems urgent, what the role of pause and breath is, in this season, to help us gear up for whatever this transformational moment we find ourselves in is. ~ Rev. Jen Bailey, Founder and Executive Director of Faith Matters Network You know you’ve changed your whole mental image about companionship and commitment when you use the pronouns “we” and “our” to describe items that were previously described by “my” and “I.” ~ Jason Merchey, author of Values of the Wise