Braving the Wilderness: Rev. Jill Carey 9/1/2020

Dear Friends,

I don’t usually use my newsletter space to pitch a new class, but this one seems too important for any of us to overlook. Brené Brown’s book “Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone” differs from her previous book we studied (“Dare to Lead”). It is more anecdotal, not quite as dense, and has simple steps for better living. Although it was written prior to the current pandemic, it seems as though its timing couldn’t be more perfect. Even if you cannot join us for the Wednesday Night Zoom class beginning Sept. 9, I strongly suggest that you read the book for your own gratification, growth, and hope. It is a way that we can join closer in spirit in our searching. Here are words directly from the back cover:

Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives---experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, she redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown again changes the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging. Brown argues that we’re experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection and introduces four practices of true belonging. She offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other, and that path cuts right through the wilderness, the untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching.

Please join us if you are able, in (“Zoom”) person or in spirit. The first class will cover the Introduction and Chapter 1, followed by two chapters for each of the following three weeks.

Be well and safe. Know that I love and miss you.

Rev. Jill