“True belonging is not about fitting in, pretending, or making the people around us comfortable because that’s safer. The four practices of true belonging require us to be vulnerable, get uncomfortable, and learn how to be with people without sacrificing who we are and what we value.
True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don’t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our heart. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation— especially our own.”
– Brené Brown, Braving the Wilderness
During Lent 2017, our book study was Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly. Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past fourteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Daring Greatly was received very positively by all participants. We found ourselves pushed and pulled by Brown’s descriptions of how vulnerability plays such an important role in all aspects of our lives.
Brown’s most recent book, Braving the Wilderness, was published earlier this fall. I invite you to join me in reading this book and exploring together the four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. Through these four practices we will discover how we can ‘show up for one another and find a way back to courage and connection’.
Please register by January 15th to ensure you receive your copy of the book by Sunday January 21st. The books cost $20 each. If cost is an issue for you, please contact our minister Vicki as
subsidies are available.
Sundays, 12:30-2 PM (please bring a bag lunch)
February 4 – Chapter One, Everywhere and Nowhere
February 11 – Chapter Two, The Quest for True Belonging
February 25 – Chapter Three – A Spiritual Crisis
March 18 – Chapter Four – People Are Hard to Hate Close Up. Move In.
March 25 – Chapter Five – Speak Truth to Bulls**t. Be Civil.
April 15 – Chapter Six – Hold Hands. With Strangers. & Chapter Seven – Strong Back. So Front. Wild Heart.