Is Compassion Really Fatiguing Us?

The poet, Denise Levertov, writes: “But we have only begun /to love the earth. /We have only begun /to imagine the fullness of life. /How could we tire of hope? – so much is in bud.” Sometimes, we do “tire of hope.” Sometimes, it feels that our capacity for compassion has reached its limits. When … Continued

The Hurt That Makes Us Human

Remember the children’s riddle, “What has a thumb and four fingers but is not alive?” Answer: “A glove, of course!” This goes to the heart of Dave’s sermon. What is a woman or a man or a child without a soul? An empty shell, of course, a sort of glove that encompasses emptiness. But if you don’t believe in a life after death, what constitutes a soul? Dave suggests it is our ability to feel empathy and compassion when we see others suffer that gives us our spirit and our soul. How do we develop compassion and empathy? How do we encourage it in ourselves and in others? How do we risk losing these two vital traits of our humanity? Dave offers some ideas for us to consider as we think about these questions.

Preparing Our Hearts for Democracy

Terry Tempest Williams said, “The human heart is the first home of democracy.” Each of us can be part of cultivating particular “habits of the heart” that make democracy possible and assist us in participating in healing the wounds and diminishing the divisions in our polarized society, or between people with differing perspectives and experiences.