Windermere University 

Windermere University is the spiritual formation program of Windermere Union Church. Spiritual formation suggests that we are all on a journey or in process of deepening our faith through a variety of practices and learning platforms.  Further, it suggests that our faith is not stagnant, but evolving as we grow.  

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Resilience Tools for 2021

Resilience Tools for 2021

“’Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?’ And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”

Matt 22:36-39

So often when we consider the second commandment above, we focus on loving our neighbor and forget that we also need to love ourselves. In action, loving our neighbor demonstrates compassion, mercy, empathy and other acts of grace in the face of another person’s need.  Sometimes, oftentimes I contend, we have difficulty giving ourselves that same grace that we give to others.  Often the person we find the hardest to forgive is our own person.  We are often  most unkind to ourselves; we are critical and harsh in our judgments that result in depression, low energy, feelings of inadequacy and other negative experiences that devalue ourselves. This zaps us of our resilience to stress and actually creates more for us.

The challenges of this past year may have allowed some of those feelings and experiences to weigh you down this past year. This week’s session will center on Self-Compassion Practices.

Below you will find a  article from Forbes Magazine about Self-Compassion and Coping.  I invite you to read it.  

I look forward to all who are present for this session.  Peace be to you all.

What to Know

  • The format will be ZOOM so we can see and hear each other. 
  • Participants will come and share their own perspective with each other.
  • The next class Resilience Tools for 2021 is five sessions. On Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm. 

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Zoom Etiquette
Windermere University values every participant. To help create an environment of safe space, we are asking each participant to be mindful that we are all in different places on our faith journey. Please remain open to hearing different perspectives.
1. Please mute your microphone when you are not speaking. This will help us minimize background noises and disruptions.
2. Please allow the speaker to finish without interruption. If you have something to add, please make a note to yourself to share later or use the chat feature at the bottom of your screen and the facilitators will make sure to include your responses before the class ends.
3. Talking is not a requirement. Please do not solicit comments from others. Some people prefer listening.
4. Our breakout rooms are intended for deeper reflection in smaller groups. We have time restraints in those rooms. Please keep your answers concise so that others have an opportunity to share.