Hope as Presence

How do we comfort those who are afraid?
How do we companion friends who mourn?
How do we move through our own grief? 

Continuing our liturgical journey through the lens of Karen Armstrong’s Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, we are exploring the practice of HOPE in January.   I feel most hopeful when I am connected to compassionate people who share their stories and presence with others.   I was very inspired by

 HERE IF YOU NEED ME:  A True Story

by Kate Braestrup

Kate Braestrup, a Unitarian Universalist chaplain serving with the Maine Game Warden Service, shares her journey through despair toward hope in this brave and full-hearted memoir of learning to listen to one’s ‘calling’ in life.  Braestrup draws on the lessons of facing her own tragedy to learn how to “just show up, shut up, and be.”  Full of verve, humour, irony, and tragedy, this book is an inspiration to compassion and connection.  This book is available in our GRU library.