Three book study groups are meeting from February 8 to March 19 at different times during the week:
- Time: Sunday morning, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Location: Unity of Gaithersburg campus
Host-Facilitator: Bill Sunderman
First meeting: Sunday, February 8
- Time: Tuesday morning, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Private home in Potomac, MD
Host-Facilitator: Janice Derr
First meeting: Tuesday, February 10
- Time: Thursday evening, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Private home in Rockville, MD
Host: Yacine Graham; Facilitator: Keisha McKenzie
First meeting: Thursday, February 12
Register your plan to attend by filling out the class sign-up form online.
Late last week, I sat down with Rev. Jennifer to talk about our Daring Greatly book study and Sunday lesson series.
KM: How did you first hear about Brené Brown and Daring Greatly?
JH: I think I heard of Daring Greatly on Oprah’s show. I watched her TED talk on vulnerability and shame and then signed up for her newsletter list. I’ve been on her list since 2010.
What about her resonates with you?
Brené is an intellectual woman who speaks about the scientific analysis of feeling.
That reminds me of one of the founders of Unity, Myrtle Fillmore, who focused on healing and feeling.
Yes, while Charles spent time working with the intellect. I do believe that over time he learned to integrate heart and mind. So I resonated with that. And Brené offers that integration in modern-day language and modern-day situations.
What’s your favorite talk of Brené’s?
The Houston TEDx talk, the one where the lady tries to introduce her as a storyteller. That story makes me laugh. (Click below to watch it.)
JH: That talk gave me a new understanding of the power of shame that had been infused into my life: to avoid shame, I don’t want to be vulnerable.
KM: Where do you think that sense of shame came from?
Both from my familial and Western Hemisphere culture, and Southern U.S. culture as well. I watch people in other parts of the world and they just don’t seem to carry shame in the ways we do.
So why have you chosen this book for this congregation?
At the core of Brené’s writing and work—I see immense gratitude there. It’s a recipe to balanced ambition that the world needs today. Ambition without gratitude is destructive. Ambition with gratitude calls us to dare greatly.
What do you hope study groups will learn over the next few weeks?
I hope each person draws inspiration from others’ courage. I hope people experience greater engagement in their own spiritual practice, learn to trust themselves, and practice being vulnerable with their spiritual community.
And why this study at this time?
We’re at a point in our spiritual intelligence development as a congregation where we’re ready to lean into the discomfort and move beyond our perceived limitations. Divine Guidance, I believe, always teaches us to look within. And Divine Guidance said to me, Now is the time.
At the 9 and 11 o’clock services on February 1, Rev. Jennifer will preview the first chapter of Daring Greatly. Start reading at home, and sign up to share with others.
Don't forget to sign up to attend a book study group during the week. Select a day you can commit to for the entire six weeks.