River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation

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Stewardship, PARticipation, Connection

“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”  ~ Brené Brown


Sharing Our Stories: Courage, Commitment and Vulnerability


Our vision, as a congregation, is to grow and deepen in fellowship, spirit and service.  Those three areas of action, contemplation and focus draw us into what’s essential about a congregation like ours in the first place – namely the vital importance of deep and meaningful relationships in our lives.

On March 5, 2017, we’re turning our sanctuary inside out once again to create an opportunity for deeper interpersonal connection on a single Sunday morning.  Our theme for this year’s guided conversations lies at the intersection of courage and vulnerability – that place we find ourselves when we’re honest enough to be real and fierce enough to be strong.

Sociologist Brené Brown’s research into vulnerability has led her to name those who live with courageous vulnerability as “whole-hearted” people.  How might we work to become more whole-hearted in our relationships with one another, with what we consider to be holy, and with the world all around us?