“Compassion is not just a matter of niceness and thoughtful feelings. It’s a deeper type of feeling that drives us to action. Indeed, that may be compassion’s defining characteristic; it is distinguished by doing. To feel the pain of another—well, the word “empathy” has that covered. But compassion takes it a step further. Compassion calls us to do something about that pain.” – Soul Matters authors
But how do we extend compassion while sequestering in place? This month, we’ll start where we are—close-in—cultivating self-compassion. From there, we’ll gradually spiral outward beyond ourselves toward living into our compassion on a global scale.
Throughout this journey we will be paying attention to the moment – hearing and heeding the cries of our Black, Indigenous and People of Color siblings for justice and meaningful progress toward dismantling white supremacy in ourselves (those of us who are white) and in the world.
Come. Connect, explore, be called to live your values.
Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. (most Sundays) via Zoom. Contact uucmOnline@uugrassvalley.org for the link.
June 7 The Unexpected Generosity of Self-Compassion
Rev. Kevin Tarsa and Allison Rivers Samson, Worship Associate
Western cultures promote the competing values of both individualism and the fear of being “selfish.” This can lead to a denial of self-compassion. In reality, it may be that taking care of ourselves is one of the most generous things we can do for others, releasing them from a set of burdens and filling our own cups so that we have something to give.
June 14 The Art of Compassion
Rev. Kevin Tarsa with Allison Rivers Samson, Worship Associate
Offering our loving kindness is easy when we like the person on the receiving end. And we can stretch, without too much effort, to encompass the stranger about whom we feel neutral. Now, the person whose behavior irks or angers us? Hmmm….
From the self-compassion we’ve been cultivating throughout the week, we’ll continue our journey along the path of the Buddhist Metta meditation, extending the circle of our loving care and concern a few rings outward.
June 21 The Evolution of Compassion
Allison Rivers Samson, Worship Associate, with Rev. Kevin
Life teaches us that it’s possible for our compassion to expand and continue to evolve. If that’s true and we believe that growth is a good thing, it may be helpful first to know where we are. This morning, we’ll ask, “Where do you draw the line? Where is your compassion meeting an edge? What’s your next move outward?”
June 28 SPECIAL 10 AM service. Rooted. Inspired. Ready. Worship from the big UU General Assembly!
Join us for the largest annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists joining in worship. This powerful, communal worship experience will stream on uua.org/ga and via UUCM’s Zoom Link at 10:00 a.m. PDT. Know that you are not alone! Congregations from the Central and Pacific time zones will be joining at the same time.
The worship service will include a collection for the Tomaquag Museum, an indigenous museum featuring an extensive collection and archive of Southern New England tribal communities.
July 5 Mobilizing Our Collective Compassion
Members and Friends with Allison Rivers Samson, Worship Associate
UUCM members claim the mission of creating “a world more compassionate, sustainable, and just.” And of course, those three ideals are connected. How can and do we together cultivate, live, and sustain our collective compassion? And where does that lead us now?