Opening Words from Andrew Pakula

Andrew Pakula

Come into this circle of community. Come into this sacred space.
Be not tentative. Bring your whole self!
Bring the joy that makes your heart sing.
Bring your kindness and your compassion.
Bring also your sorrow, your pain.
Bring your brokenness and your disappointments.
Spirit of love and mystery; help us to recognize the spark of the divine that resides within each of us.
May we know the joy of wholeness.
May we know the joy of being together.

Source: Original

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The holiday of Thanksgiving has a profound influence on Americans at this time of year, when we look to each other in the spirit of compassion for and with the human condition. The theological framework of compassion has at its core the idea that a religious faith centered on compassion focuses on passionate and loving action to alleviate mutual pain and suffering based on loyalty to a covenant. This theme also forms a discussion basis for our congregation’s desire to grow our efforts at becoming a multicultural spiritual home.