January 26 – Survival Day – Rev. Tina Squire
January 26 is Australia Day, noting when the first ships arrived bearing convicts and settlers from England to New South Wales in 1788. Since 1938, Indigenous Australians have observed “Invasion Day,” a “Day of Mourning” or “Survival Day,” marking the fact that they have withstood loss of land, being forced into boarding schools and other disruption of their culture. Given the fires that have ravaged the country in recent months, “Survival Day” takes on additional meaning in 2020. We are only just learning how wildlife, individuals and whole communities have emerged from this destruction. How do we survive climate change? How do we encourage ourselves and others to exist and even thrive, reclaiming what matters most to our sense of wholeness in the face of disaster?
February 2 – Survival Skills – Rev. Tina Squire
In the second installment of a 3 part series on thriving through challenges, we will look more closely at ways we can strengthen our personal endurance and give and take from the sustenance of community. We will take insight from Sheryl Sandburg who endured the sudden loss of her husband and speaks of a “platinum rule” when helping others; from Elizabeth Edwards who encountered a “new normal” after her husband and her own body betrayed her; and Linda Graham who believes we can exercise our brains to have more stamina. How have you grown after adversity? What has helped you survive? Come prepared to think and even speak up if you are so moved.