Whichever side of the election you were on, whether you are shocked and displeased by the outcome or happy for the result, there has been division and consternation on both sides reflected by the ugliness and insensitivity in this 2016 presidential election cycle. So, how do we move forward to create more unity in our communities and as a country?
This division needs to turn into an open conversation for everyone. Not a continuation of the political debate or one where both sides rant at each other; but a conversation where the fears and concerns of all people can be discussed and acknowledged openly without judgment. To that end, we are shifting this Sunday’s service into an open dialogue on Post-Election Reflections.
In preparation for this conversation, we welcome you to consider your deepest thoughts and feelings regarding the election build-up and outcome. Meditate upon how we can move forward to become a more united country, whether you are happy or unhappy about the election results. And then come together to share your heart in spiritual community with us.
Some thoughts to consider:
- If the election went in my favor am I going to gloat or reach out, be smug or sensitive?
- If it didn’t go in my favor will I pout or reach out, despair or deepen?
- How can we come to understand each other better?
- Even if we don’t like each other, can we agree to live in peace?
- How do I move forward with dignity?
- Did I vilify my opposing candidate?
- Did I negatively judge those who supported an opposing candidate?
- How did fear play into this election?
- Can I deepen my compassion through this experience?
- Where is the Wonder in this national event and how does it reflect something of my interiority?
- What is the American Experiment trying to accomplish on a meta-level?
Join us this Sunday, November 13th at 12:00pm EST for this interactive service either in person at 4140 Broadway in NYC or online as we stream the service live here. We will be using our streaming chat room and Facebook page (@UPHIPalace) to discuss with those who are unable to make it in person.