Sept. 30, 2020

Dear Ones,

In October our worship theme is Deep Listening.  

Sometimes it feels like we have trouble listening, let alone listening deeply. Maybe that is because we are hearing too much and that is making it difficult to really listen to anything.

This week we heard our first Presidential debate. Irrespective of who anyone wants to win the election, it was a study in how not listening and talking too much can make it difficult to get at what’s important.  

Listening to another person is one of the greatest gifts that we can give them. Because, when we listen to someone, they are heard. We all need and want to be heard. Spend a little time to think about the way in which you engage with people. Are you really listening to them?  If they were to ask you to repeat, or even paraphrase, what they just said, could you? And then, take some time listening to yourself.  What is your body telling you? What is your heart telling you? What is your mind telling you?  Many of us fail to listen to ourselves most of all.

One place where we can listen and be heard is at the Zoom Check-In and Chat on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Meeting ID: 870 1011 9918, Passcode: chat, and link:
So, don’t forget to stop by. And on October 26th at 6 p.m., we will reflect on this month’s worship theme. I hope you will come and share your thoughts.

As we begin our focus on Deep Listening, here is a version of the Sound of Silence that I would like to share with you.  I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

See you at worship this Sunday at 10:30 a.m.!

In peace and love,
Rev. Viola

Rev. Viola Abbitt
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