Continuing Conversations: Mar 2021
The phenomenon of commitment is a cornerstone of human social life. Commitments make individuals’ behavior predictable in the face of shifting sands in their abilities to be present. This manifests in our personal desires and interests, thereby supporting the planning and coordination of joint actions involved in communal or congregational life.
Moreover, commitment also facilitates cooperation by making individuals willing to contribute to joint actions to which they wouldn’t be willing to contribute if they were expected to show up on their own. Think about any of the things we do together, the food pantry, or fighting for justice, or participating in a congregational clean up service or a party Our connection to commitment makes all the difference in our shared lives, our shared ministry. Long live our desire and abilities to make and live up to our commitments.
Some Empowering Ways To Celebrate Women's History Month
Some years ago in March, I read an article by MIA MERCADO entitled - 31 Empowering Ways To Celebrate Women's History This Month. (March 2, 2017). I was so impressed with her take that I’ve borrowed a bit from her and shared a short list with you.
So while I won't share all of her brilliant ideas here, I would like to offer a few thoughts as we at UUCLV celebrate, acknowledge, learn from Women’s History Month with services, a lunch time conversation, children's RE and Adult RE, continuing conversations and important dialog all month long about the amazing women that shape, mold, change, inspire, and create a better world for all of us.
I also want to remind you that our own women, UUCLV women, PSWD women, Clark County women, and of course, our denominational Unitarian Universalist Women have been so vital in changing our beloved faith, nation and world. So, let's lift up women this month and all year long! Let's celebrate the amazing accomplishments of more than half of the human family. Let's give love to all of the women that have made a difference in our own lives.
Check out my short list and please let me know if any of these ideas resonate with you?
There are 31 days in Women’s History Month. So, here are a few ways to empower yourself and the women around you this month.
1. Thank a woman who you would like to be like. Write her a letter. Send her a message on Facebook. If she is no longer with us send her loving thoughts.
2. Read about women’s history, especially those great females that have done awesome things. See if you could choose a woman from a radically different race, class or creed than your own upbringing and then share what you have learned!
3. Find a new favorite motivational quote. Check out a list of feminist quotes. Share those quotes or the one that touches your heart and mind widely!
4. Listen to your favorite feminist anthems. Listen to you all time favorite music created by women. Go and buy music by women!
5. Watch a documentary on a history-making woman. Or a movie or PBS all month long...
6. Educate yourself with some facts about feminism or Womansim. You can start by viewing videos on YouTube or Google videos about women.
7. As good UU’s or potential UU’s look to our own denomination for inspiration. We have and have had some of the most amazing women in history. Come to Sunday services with a woman from our denomination’s story to share during the chat rooms after service.