A Theology of Repair: From Teshuvah to Tikkun Olam, UU - spirit

Sunday, September 16, 10:30am
Hotel Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15

A Theology of Repair: From Teshuvah to Tikkun Olam

Judith Jenya and Mark Johaningsmeir

Mark Johaningsmeir and Judith Jenya explore the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur in a variety of different ways at this week’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service.
Coming at the start of the new year on the Jewish Calendar, Yom Kippur is a time when we are encouraged to both look back at where we have “missed the mark” in the past year and look ahead to the positive changes we can make in our lives to right the wrongs we have committed. It is a time when we focus on returning to the best part of ourselves.

In Judaism this is done through a practice known as Teshuva (returning), which involves acknowledging the wrong done and doing what we can to make it right. This message applies to everyone’s personal lives but today’s service takes it a step further and looks at the idea of a collective practice where we work towards righting societal ways where we have “missed the mark”--what some have called “a Teshuva to Restore a National Conscience.” This leads to another concept central to Judaism: Tikkun Olam, or our shared responsibility to not only to acknowledge wrongs and injustice, but to do what we can to repair the world.

The service includes a time of personal reflection and self-examination and a personal reflection by Ms. Jenya on what it means to live a life guided by the concept of Tikkun Olam. She is a retired attorney, mediator, and family therapist, and the founder/director of a humanitarian organization to help children caught in wars. She lives a full life in San Miguel as a poet and painter, and is an active member of the UU Fellowship and co-leader of the First Friday Shabbat services at the Jewish Culture and Community Center. Mark is a retired Methodist minister who was educated at Grinnell College (Iowa) and Bethel Theological Seminary (Minnesota). He was ordained in the United Methodist Church and served congregations in Minnesota and Colorado for 25 years.

Music for the service is provided by our own Paula Peace and will nclude an arrangement of the hauntingly beautiful and powerful Kol Nidre, traditionally sung to open the evening Yom Kippur service.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. For information about our Children’s Sunday Program, contact us at chris.chase1955@gmail.com. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for hospitality and discussion afterwards. Wheelchair accessible. For additional information, visit our web site:


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