Maria showed support, she chose to bear witness rather than look the other way, and she offered her presence. I have come to believe that this is what the Misheberach, our blessing for healing, is about. More than it is a plea to God for healing power, perhaps the Misheberach is a plea to each other for the healing power we can provide others when we show support, choose to bear witness, and offer presence.
Relationship through community can share the same definition; it is our effort to show support, to bear witness and to offer presence. On April 12, Congregation Rodeph Shalom invites the broader community tohear Patrick Kennedy speak. We hope that this is an evening of learning, understanding and support around issues of mental illness and issues of addiction, which are so often although not always, overlapping in people’s lives. Whether you struggle, a loved one struggles, or you are just interested in learning something new, please join us.
If you are someone whose struggles make it overwhelmingly difficult to attend, please know this: you are not invisible.
Whether or not you attend, we are interested in your ideas. Please consider the following questions to help us learn more about the needs of our community:
Please reach out to me firstname.lastname@example.org with your responses. May we be present with compassion for one another.