Belonging, connection, friendships. Here is how we do it.
The Eight Practices of Welcoming
Be fully present.
Be open to being changed.
Be comfortable with discomfort.
Be an appreciative listener.
Be gentle (allow and heal mistakes.)
Be yourself.―from Crossing Paths, a UU Soul Matters curriculum
There is no formula to right relationship with others. It's a process. It's a practice. It's entanglement. At UU Santa Fe, we create conditions that promote belonging and let you connect naturally in all kinds of ways―when you are ready. We expect your gifts to shape our groups. We want you here for who you are. We seek collaboration rather than cooperation. We celebrate possibilities. We are more interested in what we can do in your life, than what you can do in "ours." We are more interested in doing things together than perfectly. Our groups aren't the only way we create belonging, but they are a way. Oftentimes, a potent way. So, experiment with what nourishes you, makes you whole. Try these:
Blessed are you who know that the work of the church is transformation of society, who have a vision of Beloved Community transcending the present, and who do not shrink from controversy, sacrifice, or change. Blessed are you indeed.―John Buehrens (Unitarian Universalist, minister, author, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association 1993-2002)