The Person We Treat the Worst

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto Sermons and Reflections
The Person We Treat the Worst

9:30 am service: outdoors and in-person only (weather permitting).
11 am service: online only.

There is one person each of us tends to dump on: we criticize them, withhold kindness and compassion because we don’t think they deserve them, and reach for the stick instead of the carrot so they’ll improve. That person is each of us. The research is clear: being compassionate and encouraging towards ourselves is not only a happier way to live, but also–if we want to change something about ourselves–it’s a much more effective way to make that change happen. Today we’ll hear why self-compassion is so important, practice it, and, with Thanksgiving on the horizon, practice thanking ourselves as well.

Worship leader: Rev. Amy Zucker Morgenstern

Special music: Veronika Agranov-Dafoe, piano

Follow along in the order of service:

Join the 9:30 service outdoors, in person. We gather in the UUCPA parking lot, where we have a choice of sunny or shaded seats. Registration helps you move more quickly past the check-in table, but is not required. Check this webpage in the morning if there is any question of a rainout.

Join the 11:00 service via Zoom: To get the password, email or call UUCPA’s outgoing voicemail message, 650-494-0541.  It is also included in the weekly update emails. To watch the service live on our Facebook page, visit:

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