Rev. Kelly explored the work of Dr. Brene Brown who has interviewed hundred of people as part of an ongoing study of vulnerability. "The research shows that we try to ward disappointment [brokenness] with a shield of cynicism, disarm shame by numbing ourselves against joy, and circumvent grief by shutting off our willingness to love," explains Dr. Brown. When we become aware of these patterns, she teaches, we begin to become conscious of how much we sacrifice in the name of self-defense-and how much richer our lives become when we open ourselves to vulnerability.
Climate Science tells us that the environment has been damaged by human choices. Knowing our past could lead to focus only what we have broken. Or, we could focus on a new creative hope, if we commit to respond with fresh perspective.
Elizabeth Mount is a lifelong UU from Denver, Colorado and a seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Elizabeth has been a community organizer for over twelve years in the areas of racial justice, immigration, and environmental justice. She is excited to be working on environmental issues with the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice for the second year of the organization's existence, and she hopes to continue working with UUs and eco-justice activists for many years to come.
On Easter Sunday, Rev. Kelly explored a Unitarian Universalist view of the death and resurrection of Jesus and how our faith holds us in brokenness.
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