Sunday Service, September 19, 2021

The Three C’s: Compassion, Charity and Connection by Speaker: Terry Dixon
Lay Leader: Allan Pallay

Compassionate concern for others is instinctual. It is the ethical root of all religions and also humanism. As humans, we are hard wired to connect with and care for others. It is central to who we are from an evolutionary perspective and key to our survival as a species. In many ways, compassion is the societal expansion and expression of the fundamental maternal instinct. Indeed, the Biblical Hebrew word for compassion, rachamin, derives from the word for womb, rechem. So why do we find it so hard to practice in our lives? How can we cultivate greater compassion for ourselves and others? Our guest speaker, Terry Dixon, will explore compassion from various religious and philosophical perspectives. He will also lead us in a metta/loving kindness meditation.

Terry Dixon is a member of Main Line Unitarian Church, where he has served on the Board of Trustees, as chair of the Worship Committee, and in various other roles. He is also an intellectual property lawyer with degrees from Trinity College, Dublin and Columbia University Law School.

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