March 18: “The Fear of Missing Out”

Presented by: Julie Merrick

The acronym FOMO, which stands for the fear of missing out, was coined to represent the anxious feelings which arise from comparing our lives to others primarily through social media.

It is helpful to examine how this affects our well-being. We may feel insecure about our own choices; struggle to be present for and appreciative of, our blessings, or thrown off balance in a misguided attempt to have it all.

Fortunately, there is much we can do to counteract these effects, from answering some pertinent questions to embracing radical life acceptance. We can live more from a position of opting in, and so less from the fear of missing out.

Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support, and challenge one another as we continue on our spiritual journeys.

Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another.

Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Please park in the rear of the building. Child care is available.

October 5: Meeting People Where They Are

Presented by: Jen Blair, Guest Speaker

In a world that often appears divided by ideology, how can we recover the lost art of civility and truly engage with people and ideas that are different?

Having the attitude and skills to truly engage doesn’t mean we will all agree or that every moment is a kumbaya moment. But meaningful change can’t come from shrill social media fights or constantly being aggrieved and offended – or from constant attack, because studies show that making someone feel defensive is the quickest way to make sure that we are NOT heard.

As individuals, we are each walking a unique path that is greatly influenced by our own life experience. Finding common ground is most beneficial to all of us.

Join us and special Guest Jen Blair as she discusses some of her experiences with Mama Dragons as it relates to the important subject of dialogue, engaging, and social justice work.
Unitarian Universalism honors the differing paths we each travel. Our congregations are places where we celebrate, support, and challenge one another as we continue on our spiritual journeys.

Unitarian Universalists covenant to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equality and compassion in human relations; and acceptance of one another.

Newcomers of all religious paths or none at all are always welcome. We are handicapped accessible. Please park in the rear of the building. Child care is usually available.