Messages on topics of interest to our community from our Lead Minister Rev. Leslie Takahashi .

Learning What We’d Rather Not Learn

Dear Members and Friends, My colleague, the Rev. Elizabeth Nyugen writes: “Spirit, I would really rather not learn this. Didn’t think I needed to. thought someone else could do it. Thought a leader was coming to do it. Thought the young people could do it. Or the elders could do it. Or the professionals.” Her reading is one I have been thinking of a great deal this year. And we used it in the service the first Sunday in November. 2017 seems to have been a year in which many of us were confronted with things we would rather not have learned: about the many forms of virulence hate can find, about our own difficulties confronting the ways we may unintentionally harm others, about the fragility of the world we are leaving our young people, about our own areas for growth. For me, when given the chance to grow, I am often initially reluctant and then I plunge ahead. Yet rest and reintegration of all these new things takes time and energy. So as the days grow shorter and the winter stars more brilliant, I am celebrating the deep quiet of this season, trying to make room for reassessment and…

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