Reflection: June 4, 2020

Juliane Poirier Pastor's Corner

June 4, 2020

Dear Ones,

I’ve spent three days this week at Kaiser hospital in Vallejo where I had gallbladder surgery. I’m home recovering, and resting, and reflecting on the events of the past few weeks that have devastated our country. We have deep wounds that need surgery and healing, and we need to hear the voices and experiences of people who are different than we are. We need to be the (mostly absent in Washington) moral compass, Christian compassion, and curious students, that a time of disease and unrest calls for. My friend Pastor Debbie Weatherspoon has recommended a book to me called White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, and as my energy returns I’ll start reading and sharing about it.  

I’m going to take the next two weeks off, and Pastor Burke Owens and Pastor Allen Yan-Chamberlin will be available for the pastoral care needs of our congregation. During this time I’m going to think about what my selfcare practices are: how I can treat my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit… how I can better love my ridiculously imperfect self… and how I can radiate more of God’s unconditional love into this hurting world. I hope you’ll join me in some selfcare practices ~ for your own wellbeing and for the healing of this world God so loves ~ because love ripples out into the world… and transforms it.

In faith,

Pastor Marylee

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