On The Worth of Words & Water

Water Ceremony Sunday

In his 2005 commencement speech to the graduating class of Kenyon College in Kenyon, Ohio, David Foster Wallace notes,

“The point here is that I think this is one part of what teaching me how to think is really supposed to mean. To be just a little less arrogant. To have just a little critical awareness about myself and my certainties. Because a huge percentage of the stuff that I tend to be automatically certain of is, it turns out, totally wrong and deluded. I have learned this the hard way. . .”

Fifteen years later, in the midst of a pandemic and the most polemical election this country has faced in our lifetime, we pause to consider what is necessary for our own survival, physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.  To prepare for this Sunday, consider those times in your life when you have been most certain, and you were in fact most mistaken.  How have you learned to balance certainty with humility, arrogance with compassion, fear with hope?  As we begin another fall season, with all of the requisite challenges we face during this time of uncertainty, might we learn something about resilience, worth and dignity, fortitude and justice, even when we do not know what the future will bring.

Join us as we gather again, remember the watery places that have given us rest, meaning, insight, joy and peace.

We are gathering ONLINE until the fall. Please join us! All are welcome.