MCRC, Inc. of Howard County has long been devoted to the peaceful resolution of individual, organizational, and community conflicts. We condemn in the strongest terms the violence, intolerance, bigotry, hatred, ignorance, and cowardice behind the recent tragedies at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg and bombings elsewhere. We are pained and feel compassion, and our hearts go out to the victims and their loved ones and communities at this time. We are committed to being a resource and positive force in healing, advancing peace, and moving forward.
Barb Soscia, Executive Director MCRC
Tim Johnson, President
MCRC Board of Directors
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This is the time of year many of us look forward to the holidays and make plans to reunite with loved ones. For many, our long-established rituals are characterized by a sense of love, happiness, and compassion. They are a strong source of warmth and security we yearn for within our daily lives. Ceremonial observances include activities, such as reviewing the past year and making plans for the future, engaging in nostalgic conversation over a home-cooked meal, decorating a shrine or ornamental object in the spirit of the holiday, or rejoicing in song and dance. Times like this are bonding opportunities with those we relate with and care dearly for. Our shared beliefs rejoin us at these special times of the year, however, as many have experienced, sometimes this familial togetherness harkins old tensions …
Let’s begin by pondering a few questions. First, if you had a choice, would you always want to be happy? Second, if you had a choice, would you live a life absent of conflict? I bet you’re thinking, “What’s the catch? If I had a choice, of course I’d rather be happy all the time AND have a life without conflict.” What would that look like? We all have times in our lives when we wish everything would slow down, straighten out, or be less complicated. Sometimes, life just keeps throwing us curveballs and it can be extremely frustrating, but does that mean we never want to be challenged? Never moved to tears? Never have to rethink a well-worn position? If life was always smooth sailing, would that result in happiness?
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