Small Group meets following the service to discuss the Twelve Steps
outlined in Karen's book and how they can be applied to life.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Karen Armstrong is a British author and commentator known for her books on
A former Roman Catholic religious sister, she went from a conservative to a more liberal and mystical Christian faith.
The twelve steps she suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion,” and
close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up self-love,
mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of
others, and “concern for everybody.”
She shares concrete methods to help us cultivate and expand our
capacity for compassion, and provides a reading list to encourage us to
“hear one another’s narratives.”
Armstrong teaches us that becoming a compassionate human being is a lifelong project and a journey filled with rewards.
The First Step: Learn About Compassion
The Second Step: Look at Your Own World
The Third Step: Compassion for Yourself
The Fourth Step: Empathy
The Fifth Step: Mindfulness
The Sixth Step: Action
The Seventh Step: How Little We Know
The Eighth Step: How Should We Speak to One Another?
The Ninth Step: Concern for Everybody
The Tenth Step: Knowledge
The Eleventh Step: Recognition
The Twelfth Step: Love Your Enemies