The YRUU Youth Group class meets the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month
YRUU Youth Group Gr. 9-12
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December’s Theme: Stillness
What Does It Mean To Be A People of Stillness?
Don’t tell me to be calm
when there are so many reasons
to be angry…
I didn’t say to be calm, said the wind, I said to breathe.
We’re going to need a lot of air
to make this hurricane together.
– Rev. Lynn Unger, from her poem Breathe
As Unger suggests, we don’t really want to be told to be calm these days. There is indeed so much to be angry about. So much that needs defended, resisted and restored. Which means that there’s a lot at stake in how we talk and think about stillness. A stillness that invites us simply to escape the world is dangerous. A stillness that merely anesthetizes our nerves comforts us but widens the wounds of the world. To listen deeply to our troubled times is to hear a call to challenge the view that stillness is the resting place at the bottom of the hill we’ve climbed and instead imagine it as the basecamp that launches us into the long trek up the mountain.
And alongside this vision of stillness enabling us to gather strength also sits the equally important idea of stillness as something that clarifies our perception.