Crossing and Blessing Our Thresholds
2022 Series Open for Registration
We are all living in threshold times, on the cusp of significant changes nationally, globally and environmentally. If this wasn’t abundantly clear before, the pandemic and widespread uprisings over centuries-old racial injustices have underscored the truth of this in the past year and a half.
For some of us, however, these large-scale changes are compounded by personal thresholds (some caused by the pandemic and uprisings, others not). These include changes in our relationships, work, home, roles, identity or abilities creating a significant turning point in our lives and bringing heightened awareness as well as both risk and possibility. Whether we’ve chosen these changes or not, they are places of great vitality and exchange, where new greets old and the familiar gives way to the unknown.
If this describes your own life now, you are invited to join the 2022 Thresholds series, a facilitated small group inviting participants to explore the changes occurring in their personal lives with the support and company of others on their own thresholds. (NOTE: Group size is limited; registration is required.)
In a supportive small group facilitated by Rev. Karen Hering, we’ll use conversation, guided writing, and a variety of creative activities both playful and serious, as we consider the meaning, risks and possibilities present on the cusp of change.
“The series helped me let go of fear and realize that moving forward meant leaving some things behind,” said Pam Sheen of her Thresholds experience. “The group process is perfect for threshold crossing, a ‘safety net’ of like-spirited individuals.”
Lisa Burke, another participant said, “We each had a threshold we identified, and we each came to the group wanting to do work around them, and did. But who could have imagined how much the world would change even as we walked this path together?! I love the idea of our future selves beckoning us and giving us the courage to keep moving forward.”
The group meets in person, following Covid-19 protocols for masking or other precautions, on four Saturdays, January 8–February 26, and participants are asked to commit to attending all four sessions. (If Covid-19 protocols no longer permit in-person meetings, we will shift to online, with the length of meetings shortened. The dates include a longer first session, January 8, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (lunch provided), and three additional Saturday mornings, 9:00 a.m.-noon: January 22, February 12 and 26). At the end of the series, on Sunday, February 27, the group will blessed by the congregation in worship, honoring the role of community in giving us all safe passage across the many thresholds of our lives.
The series is free to church members; a fee of $100 will be charged nonmembers, who are registered on a space available basis. Register early using the form at right to reserve your place. Questions? E-mail Karen Hering at email@example.com.