Compassionate Kinship Circle (In Person)
- Tuesday 02/06/2024 - Tuesday 04/23/2024
- 6:00pm - 8:00pm EST
Compassion is a heart to heart encounter. Through compassion, we are immersed in the reality of life, suffering, and goodness. Our compassionate thoughts, words and actions ripple out as a balm of peace, joy, love bringing healing into the brokenness of our world.
This retreat-style experience is open to people of all faith traditions and spiritualities. Over the six sessions we will explore the meaning of compassion and discover how we are like pebbles thrown into the pond of reality causing ripples of compassion to flow out into the world. Through reading, review, reflection, and response, experience this time as a catalyst for a renewed commitment in being a compassionate presence, both to yourself and to others who are amid pain and struggle. Our time together will include presentations, communal prayer, small group dialog, and quiet times for reflection.
“Compassion asks us to go where it hurts, to enter places of pain, to share in brokenness, fear, confusion, and anguish. Compassion challenges us to cry out with those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, to weep with those in tears. Compassion requires us to be weak with the weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full immersion in the condition of being human.”
~ Donald McNeill, Douglas Morrison, and Henri Nouwen, Compassion
- Required: Boundless Compassion by Joyce Rupp (not included in registration fee)
- Optional: Boundless Compassion Journal
Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 pm in person (zoom standby in the event of inclement weather)
DATES: Feb. 6, 20, March 5, 19, April 9, 23