Speaker: Rev. Libby Smith

In Praise of Bewilderment *hybrid*

As we adapt to a changing and challenging world, can we find ways to acknowledge the complexity and ambiguity of life, and enter a state of “bewilderment” where we are humble, open and flexible enough to learn—instead of thinking we already know? Professor Alan Levinovitz … read more.

The Courage for Joy *Hybrid*

Poet William Blake reminds us that “Joy and woe are woven fine, a clothing for the soul divine.” When we face the world’s woe, or pain of our own lives, we try to summon up the courage to be strong, to endure. But many spiritual … read more.

The New Normal *Virtual*

Lately there’s been a lot of talk about life getting “back to normal.” But perhaps we need the courage and imagination to imagine something better than “normal.” We’ve learned and grown and changed during the challenges of the past year and a half. Why not … read more.

Giving Voice to Love

So often even when we see the beauty in another person, we are shy about speaking up. The radical act of expressing love and affirmation could transform our world, and ourselves.

Living the Questions

Remember that old bumper sticker “to question is the answer?” I disagree, and I’ll tell you why! But that doesn’t mean it’s not important, and we need to pay attention to what questions we ask.

Reclaiming Sabbath

“Just to be is a blessing,” said Rabbi Abraham Josha Heschel. But in our fast-paced world, with its expectation that we be plugged in and ready to respond at a moment’s notice, we have lost the art of “just being.” Can we reclaim the sabbath … read more.

Gifted and Called

So often we struggle to build a sense of personal identity based on what we believe the world wants from us. What might it be like to look first at our own gifts, and allow our identity to grow from an authentic and realistic understanding … read more.

A Question of Identity

Every movement needs a sense of identity – to know who we are, to bind us together in solidarity. But identity, when too sharply defined, can become limiting rather than empowering, and leave potential allies on the outside of our carefully

To Tell the Truth

We may think of prophecy as foretelling the future, but often it is more a matter of waking up to what is all around us, seeing clearly and naming what we see.

Extremists for Love

When Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was accused of being an extremist, he suggested that our world was in “dire need of creative extremists.” In these divisive times, what does it mean for us, like King, to be extremists for love?