Worship Service: "The Grace of Heartbreak," Emily Kianka, Guest Speaker

Worship Service: "The Grace of Heartbreak," Emily Kianka, Guest Speaker
Sunday, February 23, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset, NY US 11030

No one wants to experience heartbreak and suffering—rather, they are experiences we often hope to avoid. According to empathy expert Dr. Brené Brown, however, our capacity for sincere, full-hearted living is the same as our capacity to experience heartbreak. If we harden our hearts to avoid paying attention to pain, we stop connecting to our hearts. Since our own connection to our hearts is essential to building a more compassionate world, our heartbreak at the state of the world, as well as our willingness to pay attention to it, gives us the grace to bring into being more empathy and more justice. So: how do we receive the grace of heartbreak?

BIO: Em was raised at UUCSR and graduated with her Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in 2018. She is a current Candidate for Ministry with the Unitarian Universalist Association and feels most called to working with people who do not belong to a religious tradition. Most recently, she is preparing to launch Hallowed Dark, an online educational platform for anyone seeking to deepen their connection to their spirituality.

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