UU St. Pete InfoNet: New Year, New Friends!

New Year, New Friends!

Greetings!  As UUSP begins a new year, we're inviting all members of the congregation to gather to welcome the new year and to make new friends. Over the next several weeks, you will receive an invitation from a member of the congregation to join a small group of fellow members on a Sunday in January. Stay tuned!

 

Like coffee hour, we will gather informally, socially, but we also want to mix it up a little, and initiate a discussion as a starting point to explore the concept of "Radical Hospitality," especially with people you may not already know.

 

Please make every effort to attend the gathering to which you’ve been invited and RSVP promptly to your host. Thank you to the nine hosts who are inviting us into their homes to share conversation and hospitality with our congregation of 175 members!

 

Radical Hospitality?  What does that mean?

Radical Hospitality is not a new idea. It's been around for several years, embraced by many liberal churches and denominations like ours, to attempt to break away from our homogeneous boundaries. In our time of deeply partisan division, growing inequity, racial and social injustice, intolerance, and a decreased capacity for compassion, perhaps we, as Unitarian Universalists, might begin the new year with a sense of hope, strengthened by a commitment to find ways to open our minds and hearts even further, to think deeply about our lives, our church, and the diversity of our beloved community. Especially in 2020. 

 

“So what does this mean for us as a church? We are committed to being a welcoming community. We say we believe in the “inherent worth and dignity of all.” And yet we are human beings, and we have the same challenges that all human beings have. We feel more comfortable when we’re with people we know. We come to church, we gravitate to people we know. We feel less comfortable when we are with people who have different ideas and interests, different cultural assumptions. Tribalism is strong, and we need look no further than our church.”—Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, minister emerita of the First Unitarian Church in Portland, Oregon.

To learn more about radical hospitality and inform our discussions with each other, we invite you to read Rev. Sewell’s writing on Radical Hospitality (on the UUA website) and explore your own definition of Radical Hospitality.  

 

We will explore the concept of radical hospitality together, asking questions and considering possible answers. We don't expect to provide you with any answers. We can't even begin to provide you with the questions.  But we trust that you will know how to engage in the discussion. We will engage with each other, speaking our truths and most of all, listening.

 

Join us for nourishing the soul and spirit and making new friends.

Contacts: Michael Killoren, Carol Ulmer