Our regular Sunday Gathering. An opportunity for wisdom, joy, solace, and community – followed by a healthy dose of caffeine, cake, and conversation. Gatherings include live music, a story for children, singing, poetry and literature, a talk from our minister, and time for sharing joys and sorrows.
The theme of this week's Gathering is 'Let It Go: Reconciling Guilt & Shame'. We spend an alarming proportion of our lives feeling ashamed. We’re ashamed of specific things we’ve done or not done, said or not said; we’re ashamed of our character, history and appearance; and at our lowest moments we’re ashamed simply to be us. Of course a certain level of self-criticism helps us to function as moral human beings. But all too often this self-criticism takes over, destroying our self-belief and potential. We’ll explore how to reconcile ourselves with our own critical inner voice, freeing ourselves to become the person we want to be.