Grateful for Community

It was more than just our annual fundraiser. Last Sunday afternoon, the Frazer Center doors opened to the most beautiful audience. People of different religions, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, those with different abilities, young and old sat at round tables adorned with a bird house painted by children from around the world.
There was a radically welcoming feeling in the air.
My family is my home.
Just three weeks ago, my dad passed away. He was a courageous, sensitive, compassionate, generous soul. The weeks and days leading up to his passing were filled with visitors, friends and family and colleagues from years of building community. During shiva (the Jewish ritual mourning period) I become keenly aware that the room was filled with visitors of different religions, races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, those with different abilities, young and old.
There was a radically welcoming feeling in the air.

My heart is full seeing how community can show up in times of celebration and times of sadness. You are a beautiful compassionate community.

As our speakers so eloquently shared with us last Sunday, I invite you to find your home:
Where you have courage.
Where your spirit is free.
Where you have purpose.
Where you find self-respect.
Where compassion for others gives you meaning.

Many thanks go out to our amazing board and event team for putting on a fabulous community gathering. Thank you to our generous sponsors and donors and to our gracious speakers, willing to share their stories with strangers. I hope everyone gets the opportunity to share what is in their heart and be truly heard and loved.

In community,

Leanne Rubenstein
Compassion Cultivator/Co-Director
Compassionate Atlanta

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