Rev. Galen Guengerich, “The Way of Gratitude”

All Souls welcomes the Rev. Galen Guengerich, Senior Minister of All Souls Unitarian (NYC), for a conversation and discussion of his new book “The Way of Gratitude: A New Spirituality for Today.”

On Sunday, November 22, Rev. Kathleen Rolenz will offer a sermon entitled “A Deeper Gratitude” at 10:30 AM, inspired by insights from Galen’s book.

Then, at 12:30 – 2:00 PM that same day, Rev. Kathleen will host a conversation, discussion, and Q&A session with Rev. Galen, as we explore the insights and suggestions for spiritual practice.

We recommend that you read the book – or at least get started on it – before our conversation. You can buy it here.

This event is free and open to all. A link to Zoom will be posted here closer to the date.

“An astute, accessible handbook for anyone seeking a sense of belonging and purpose in our tumultuous world, THE WAY OF GRATITUDE charts a modern roadmap for spirituality based on gratitude. Anchored by resonant poems, guided spiritual practices, including “gratitude goals” and suggestions for meditation and fasting, Guengerich’s well-reasoned and practical manifesto helps people set their spiritual compass every day, focusing on developing a sense of purpose, deepening personal relationships, and establishing a connectedness to all things in a way that brings hope to the everyday.

As fewer and fewer of us spend time in our nation’s religious communities, most of which are in decline, the question of where we will get our spiritual, ethical, and moral guidance becomes increasingly acute. Many people today feel disconnected and isolated, but we’ve also lost sight of the common good, which puts our nation at risk. The way of gratitude offers a new way of understanding how we can belong in the modern world. Based on Guengerich’s personal journey of faith from Conservative Mennonite to a leader in one of America’s most inclusive religious communities, his expansive and inclusive approach to spirituality in THE WAY OF GRATITUDE enables people to chart a concrete path to a life of renewed meaning, purpose, and joy. “


GALEN GUENGERICH is senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Church, a historic congregation on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and earned a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Chicago. His sermon at All Souls on the Sunday after 9/11, “The Shaking of Foundations,” was selected as one of seven responses to 9/11, along with speeches by President Bush and Governor Pataki, for Representative American Speeches 2001–2002. Guengerich is the author of God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Nov 22 2020


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

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