Freedom – November’16 Spiritual Theme

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Our Chalice Circle thoughts and questions around the theme of Freedom this month are:

  • Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

    • When has a mistake led you to experience a sense of freedom?
  • When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.” ― Ralph Ellison

    • Has a self-discovery ever led you to feel free? What was the discovery?
  • I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.” ― Toni Morrison

    • How have you used your freedom, or power, to free, or empower, someone else?
  • “There is more than one kind of freedom,” said Aunt Lydia. “Freedom to and freedom from. In the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from. Don’t underrate it.” ― Margaret Atwood, in The Handmaid’s Tale.

    • Have you experienced both freedom to and freedom from? What was the difference?
  • We feel free because we lack the very language to articulate our unfreedom.” – Slavoj Zizek

    • Can you remember an experience of feeling “unfree?” How would you articulate that sense?