For the Third Sunday of February, let's talk about "Self-love"­

It's Valentine's, a time people get fascinated with romantic love. Romance and love with a partner are crucial issues in human life--always worth talking about, but let's vary the emphasis just a little. In order to love another person, at least on some level, you have to love yourself and believe yourself lovable. What does it mean to love yourself? What does it mean to love another as yourself--as Jesus said to do? What does it mean to love everybody? As gay and lesbian people, most of us have had to struggle with the conflict between conforming to societal and familial expectations and being true to our own deepest feelings. What has this struggle taught us about love and about self-worth?

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  • Toby J.

    We had a VERY good meeting. The topic was "Self-Love." It was left open what that meant, so we first discussed what is "self": is the spiritual/Jungian distinction between Self and self, i.e. the larger being of which we are a part or our personal ego. Who do we identify ourselves as? How do we love our"selves"? The topic wandered around, as usual, but kept coming back to the central idea that we should love our own lives, forgive ourselves, and "let go!" so that we can experience life fully without self-consciousness and fear. Then we live more as Self than as individualized ego. We had a good sized group, though only one woman (Ryka's been a good addition to our group). We had several new people this time--one just "coming out" a little late in life. The group was very welcoming to him. There was an especially friendly quality to this meeting.

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • Robert N. A.

    It didn't stay on topic, but I think that's a good thing, because the group was able to be flexible and let the conversation evolve to meet the needs of everyone there.

    February 17, 2013

  • Robert S.

    Great meeting, and discussion.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, I am way too busy with getting settled into my first Austin home and work right now, so I'll need to skip this one. :( Have a great time everyone, and see you soon!

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just joined this group! Unfortunately I won't be able to attend this meet up because I will be on a cruise, but I'm looking forward to meeting many of you. I just moved to Austin a month ago and I'm looking to Plant a New church here soon! : )

    February 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You can also reach me via email at [masked] Blessings to you all

      February 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to seeing you all again!

    February 1, 2013

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