October 26, 2019
1 - 5 pm
A workshop with Rev. Dennis McCarty
All people go through times of grief, loss, and stress. Supporting friends and loved ones in such times is sacred work. When emotions run high, though, it can also be challenging work. "I just don't know what to say to her." Or, "I felt so bad for him, but when I tried to help him, he just got angry."
A bodhisattva is someone who has aroused bodhi-mind and walks in Buddha's way, making an effort to manifest awakening and free others from suffering. When we support one another in grief and loss, we manifest a little of that bodhisattva spirit. (In traditional Western churches, this is called pastoral care.) With a few basic techniques, "do's" and "don't's," any of us can be a bodhisattva presence for someone we care about. We will learn helpful bodhisattva/pastoral care techniques in a relaxed, intimate setting.
Unitarian Universalist Reverend Dennis McCarty is a member of Sanshin Zen Community's board of directors and participates in Sanshin's Thursday evening zazen and discussion group.
A great part of his life has been dedicated to the beauty and subtlety of the English language. He has written well-reviewed novels and nonfiction books; plays; essays; magazine articles–and is a dedicated lyricist and songwriter. Over the years he has been a sailor, an electrician doing heavy construction, a teacher, a nationally published novelist—and of course, a minister.
He served the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, Indiana, for 12 years. In June, 2015, he retired to become Minister Emeritus. But retiring from active parish ministry is just one more career change. He is still an active pulpit supply preacher, writer, songwriter, and newspaper columnist. He also remains active in the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.
Visit his website here.
Workshop cost: $15
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