Thanking MacDougall for insight, inspiration

Published: 3/13/2019 9:41:58 AM
Thanking MacDougall for insight, inspiration

EvelineMacDougall, who founded the Amandla Community Chorus, was the guest speaker at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Greenfield recently, and delivered a tremendous sermon that she titled: “What If There Were No Bad Guys? The Courage To Live Without Blaming.”

She spoke about rejecting “hating” people we strongly disagree with, and instead trying to understand where they are coming from, including what hurts they might have experienced in their lives. She spoke of some personal experiences, and offered those of us in attendance some different ways to look at, and question, conflicting parties in the past, and in the headline news of today.

Not only was her message essential and inspiring, her delivery was so comfortable and pleasing to listen to, even when she touched on the difficult subjects, I felt like she was having a conversation with me. Nothing forced, but simply a sharing of thoughts, feelings, and questions that we can all do well to ponder. And since we know how fine a musician she is, it was no surprise that she provided the music for us also. She primarily played her fiddle, but she also borrowed her son Gillis’s guitar for one song. And BTW, Gillis did accompany his mother on the guitar several times, and more than adequately. I do wish that more folks from the area could’ve been there, as I’m guessing that the strong rains that morning kept many people inside and at home.

Thank you, Eveline and GillisMacDougall for providing those of us who were at All Souls a morning to remember, and for all the right reasons. Blessed be.

Russ Pirkot



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