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Rabbi Harry Brechner with Reverend Melora Lynngood – As Unitarian Universalists, we strive to affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person (our First Principle). We have learned that to do this requires us to go beyond the ‘goldenmelora closeup rule’ (treat others the way we would like to be treated), and strive to embody the ‘platinum rule’ – treat others the way they would like to  be treated. We begin by seeking to understand the experience of others.

Our faith challenges us to consider, in particular, the dynamics of prejudice, racism and oppression. We learn to be sensitive to the subtle ways in which these forces work. We learn how, even with the best of intentions, we can unwittingly say and do things that hurt and offend. (See sermon at https://victoriaunitarian.ca/blunders-and-grace/). rabbi brechner

We learn that when we listen deeply and understand one another, we can work it through, and find authentic human connection. Continuing our theme of “Listening: the practice of opening ourselves the experience of others,” we invite Rabbi Harry to share with us some of his experience of living in Canada as a Jewish person. Rabbi Harry Brechner is the Rabbi of Congregation Emanu-El, Canada’s oldest synagogue, located on Blanshard Street in downtown Victoria.

Small Groups with Emanu-El Congregants, 12:15 to 2:15 pm, Farmhouse Common Room – Sign up to participate in a small group experience created by Reverend Shana and Rabbi Harry. It will be a rich time of sharing and listening. Focus questions and guidelines for open dialogue will be provided. Childminding available. To sign up, contact rev.shana@shaw.ca 250-891-6331.

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