Buddhist Insights for the New Year

Jeff Jones Portrait

By Jon Sievert

The Reverend Jeff Jones offers “Buddhist Insights for the New Year” at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.

UU Service
Rev. Jeff Jones
Sun, Dec 27, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

With the approaching new year, it is a natural time to reflect on the past year and consider what we would like to be different in the next. Buddhism has a teaching called “The Three Poisons” that has much to say about the challenges we all face. We will use the three poisons (ignorance, greed, and anger), which are considered to be the source of human suffering, to gain insight into how we might have acted this past year. The good news is that the same Buddhist teaching offers us remedies as well. We will use the remedies (awareness, generosity, and compassion) to see how we might wish to act differently in the new year.

Special music for the service will be provided by the High Desert Rangers with Joan Elena Goldberg, Steve Singer, Ron Incontro, and Jon Sievert.

Rev. Jones and his wife, Carol, and son, Mykell, lived in San Miguel de Allende during his six-month sabbatical in 2007. During his sabbatical, he preached once a month, taught the Welcoming Congregation, trained a Pastoral Care Team, and led a priority-setting workshop for the congregation. Rev. Jones is now taking another sabbatical and is serving and learning at Casa de los Amigos, a Center for Peace and International Understanding in Mexico City founded on Quaker values.  He is currently the minister of the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Marietta, Georgia.

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