‘Yes, and…’ – the Art of Improv Blessing

with Rev. Karen Hering, consulting literary minister, Unity Church-Unitarian, St Paul, MN
Improv performances are based on a simple formula of saying “yes” to whatever is given — a word, a scenario, an action — and adding to it to create a rich story of shared authorship. Far from the panacea of positive thinking, this challenging practice can be useful when living through significant change, especially in community. It can be a form of blessing that offers us the authority to change the story while accepting what is given. The Rev. Karen Hering, author of Writing to Wake the Soul (Atria Books/Beyond Words, 2013), returns to our pulpit. On her last visit, she also led a “Communicating for Change” workshop for activists. Copies of her book will be available for purchase after the service, with proceeds supporting First Unitarian of Des Moines. www.karenhering.com
Celebrant: Bill Allen