Although hearing is the first sense we develop, even before we are born, listening and connecting by really hearing the deep truth of another person is a skill we cultivate through our lifetimes. Let us explore the various ways we listen, how our hearing can deepen connection, and how together in our listening and hearing we bring our creative power to the world.
Paths cross, roads meet, intersections are everywhere in our lives. None of us is just one thing, and so we find intersections as well in our identities. How do the intersections in race, age, gender, sexual orientation, body style, abilty and other elements of identity generate wider patterns of privilege and oppression in our society, and how can we be intentional in assuring equity and justice in all our complex diversity?
In the season of new beginnings, let us celebrate the birth of the universe, in all its stardust wonder, with all we know and all that still remains shrouded in mystery.
Our lives are filled with beginnings — the start of a new year, a new job, a new relationship — and every beginning implies an ending of what has gone before. So now, as we bid farewell to 2021 and prepare to learn whatever 2022 has to offer, may we re-commitment to possibility in our lives, and in the world.