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Who Am I to Judge: Non-judgment as a Spiritual Practice

By Jon Sievert

Passing judgment on events, situations, and people is something we cannot keep ourselves from doing. At this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service, Ted Englander asks “Who Am I to Judge?” and proposes the concept of non-judgment as a spiritual practice.

UU Fellowship Service
“Who Am I to Judge: Non-judgment as a Spiritual Practice”
Sun, Nov 23, 10:30am
By Ted Englander
Hotel Posada de La Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

From Facebook’s “like” and “comment,” to TV news and a million blogs, we are bombarded by a culture that thrives on judgment. Our brains are hard-wired to judge and share our opinions, especially the negative ones. However, passing negative judgments on others is not good for us or for those who are judged. When we judge others we create negative emotions within ourselves, trigger the internal release of unhealthy chemicals, and separate ourselves. Englander will suggest ways to live a life less cluttered by negative judgments of others and discuss the importance of being “impeccable with our word,” a phrase used by author Don Miguel Ruiz in his book, The Four Agreements.

Englander is a practicing psychotherapist who moved to San Miguel in 2010 with his wife Lauren Osornio. Prior to his move he had a private psychotherapy practice in the Boston area for more than 30 years. He holds an M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Before entering private practice he worked in psychiatric hospitals, outpatient mental health centers, and public schools for 10 years. Prior to joining the UU Fellowship here in San Miguel, Ted and Lauren were members of First Parish in Concord, MA and First Church Unitarian in Littleton, MA.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for hospitality and discussion afterwards. Wheelchair accessible. For additional information, visit


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