In this morning's order of service, Ellen Bordman -- our Dir. of religious education -- included a poem that she invited the entire congregation to read and contemplate during the coming week. It is by Margaret Wheatley and it is provided here for those who did not get a copy.
Turning to One Another
There is no power greater than the community discovering what it cares about
Ask what's possible
Not what's wrong
Notice what you care about.
Assume that many others share your dreams.
Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
Talk to people you know.
Talk to people you don't know.
Talk to people you never talk to.
Be intrigued by the differences you hear.
Expect to be surprised.
Treasure curiosity more than certainty.
Invite in everybody who cares to work on what's possible.
Acknowledge that everyone is an expert about something.
Know that creative solutions come from new connections.
Remember, you don't fear people whose story you know.
Real listening always brings people closer together.
Trust that meaningful conversations can change your world.
Rely on human goodness.