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Theme for 2018: A Year of Living Generously!

BRAVE HEART – FEBRUARY MINISTER’S MESSAGE

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”  Anaïs Nin

It would seem to me that living generously requires courage. The root of the word “courage” is cor—the Latin word for heart. In one of its earliest forms, the word “courage” had a very different definition than it does today. Courage originally meant “To speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” And the monthly theme, “Brave Heart,” will be an opportunity to explore how to speak courageously, how to speak generously of what is true in the very depths of our being. Why is this important?

In his essay on “Self-Reliance,” Emerson reminds to “Insist on yourself, never imitate. The power that resides in you is new in nature, and none but you knows what that is in you until you have tried.” In our tradition we believe that no accident of birth brought you here at this time; that the gifts you carry, which are “new in nature,” are perfectly placed and powerfully needed now.  And it takes a brave heart to follow what lies within rather than conforming to societal expectations. Emerson, again, says, “God will not have Its works made manifest by cowards.”

I hope you will join me for our Sunday Services and the many wonderful events designed to support you this month.

Dr. Andrea