As I shared at our last potluck, I’m not alone in longing for a regular, content-driven gathering that’s overtly focused on pursuing love as way of life. Indeed, it appears that the main obstacle to launching such a gathering isn’t a lack of interest, but rather the lack of an affordable space big enough to hold all the people who might want to give it a try. So then, instead of just waiting, we’re going to forge ahead with a small-scale version of what we have in mind, beginning this coming Sunday, Jan.27th at 10am, right here in my dining room.
Unlike the potlucks, however, these events will start on time at 10am sharp, and end in less than an hour. Then you can stay or not for coffee and cookies until a hard stop at noon. And what happens in between? A simple combination of music, a guided meditation, a short TED-ish talk, and a little intentional connection, all arranged around a specific theme, with the goal of inspiring each of us to grow in lovingkindness. If that sounds to you like some kind of house church for humanists, well, you’re not far off.
Don’t worry, though, we’ll still have meet-ups at Coffee Emporium two Sundays a month, for those who want more casual fellowship, and monthly reading groups as well. I just hope you’ll give this new thing a try, too.
PS – I wish we could offer a special program for children, but I’m afraid that’ll have to wait until we’ve got a better venue. For now, please feel free to bring coloring books or other quiet play options along with your kiddos.
PPS In case you’re wondering, the theme of this first meeting is Paying Attention.