Community Coffee Conversations about Forgiveness

 

Are you renting out too much space in your head for a grievance that another person has long forgotten? Are you struggling in conflict with a loved one or finding it hard to forgive yourself for past mistakes? A person who forgives receives better cardiovascular health and a renewed energy inspired by hope and optimism. That’s why the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Carolina Foothills (UUFCF) is sponsoring a Community Coffee and Conversation series where everyone is welcome to discover and discuss the practice of forgiveness. Led by forgiveness teachers, Lyndon Harris and Robin A. Edgar, the sessions are free and open to the public starting on Wednesday, January 16 at 3:30 pm at 835 N. Trade Street in Tryon.

Lyndon Harris is an internationally known forgiveness coach, peace activist, and inspirational and motivational speaker. As the priest-in-charge of Saint Paul’s Chapel (located directly across from the World Trade Center in New York City), his involvement with Ground Zero has been written about in The New York TimesThe Washington PostTime MagazineThe Christian Science Monitor, and Die Zeit (Hamburg). His work in forgiveness is featured in the award winning documentary, “The Power of Forgiveness” (Journey Films 2006). In addition to helping to build Forgiveness Gardens across the world, he is also working on a community forgiveness pilot with Dr. Fred Luskin (www.learning to forgive.com), author of the bestselling book, Forgive for Good: A PROVEN Prescription for Health and Happiness.

“The wellness benefits are astounding,” says Harris. “A recent study indicates that the decision to forgive is good for us on a par with quitting smoking!”

Nationally known journalist, author, and workshop facilitator Robin A. Edgar teaches love and forgiveness as a former Love & Forgiveness Campaign facilitator with the Fetzer Institute. In coordination with her reminiscence workshops based on her book,In My Mother’s Kitchen: An Introduction to the Healing Power of Reminiscenceshe did a TEDx talk entitled, “Reminiscence: A Healing Pathway to Forgiveness.”

“It is our goal to help individuals as well as to bring our community together through conversations about forgiveness,” says Edgar

Archbishop Desmond Tutu says, ‘There is no future without forgiveness.” Join the Community Coffee Conversations and explore this vital, and often misunderstood, topic!

For more information about the Community Coffee Conversations, call 864-457-7557.

Upcoming Sermons

January 6, 2019

Making the Future; Choice not Fate

Rev. Ernie Mills

What will the year, 2019 bring?  Well, as they say; “que sera, sera” (“whatever will be, will be.”) Yet regardless of whatever will be we have a choice in what we make of it.  As John Schaar once put it “The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating.  The paths are not to be found but made.  And the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.”   Let us usher in the New Year by reflecting on these words by Schaar.

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January 20, 2019

Mark Twain on Biblical Curiosities”

Rev. Ernie Mills

Mark Twain (Ernie) will be our guest speaker for this Sunday.  He will share his views on the biblical story of the Fall and the Dammed Human Race with excerpts from his book “Letters from the Earth.”  (Disclosure: You may find his comments a bit irreverent and often bordering on the vulgar, but that’s to be expected from a master of serious humor.)

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UUFCF services are held at 10:30 a.m. on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month at

835 N. Trade St., Tryon 

Coffee, light refreshments and fellowship follow our services.