We will hold an exploration of Brené Brown’s recent book, Braving the Wilderness:  The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone in three sessions:  Wednesdays, May 2, 9 and 23, 6-7:30 p.m.

Sign up in the foyer to reserve your place.

The workshop is a joint project of the Membership/Connections and RE Committees.  Self-described ‘Brene Brown Evangelist’ and People’s Church member, Donna McClurkan, will facilitate utilizing writing, reflection and conversation.

Brown writes:  “…we often try to acquire it [true belonging] by fitting in and by seeking approval …true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world.”  She goes on to say this sometimes means standing alone (“braving the wilderness”), at the same time, recognizing that we are all  “inexplicably connected” (the essence of “spirituality”).

This book advocates and explains four practices:

  1. People Are Hard to Hate Close Up. Move In.
  2. Speak Truth to Bullshit. Be Civil.
  3. Hold Hands. With Strangers
  4. Strong Back. Soft Front.  Wild Heart.

Participants will be given reading assignments prior to each session.  All can be accessed on Amazon.com’s “Look Inside” option.  There is a copy of the  book in the church library and local public libraries as well.

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