For years I longed to step into authentic connection with God, others, and myself but instead, my harsh inner critic and judgment separated me from grace and vulnerability. I realized this was perfectionism showing up in my life and it was holding me back from listening to that still small voice of Spirit. Through discussion and activities, we will explore if perfectionism is blocking you from stepping into the love and grace of God. We will also recognize how perfectionism is rooted in white supremacy and when unexamined continues to cause harm and oppression. So come with an open heart and a willingness to breathe into discomfort as we explore how we can feel God’s love under the weight of perfectionism.
Abby is a Quaker who lives in Burlington Vermont with her partner and his 5-year-old son. She attended a programmed Quaker church when she was young and the Young Friends program had a strong impact on her. It was a Spirit lead group, centered in love. It was one of the first experiences where the armor of her perfectionism started to chip away and true authentic love was felt. It paved a path towards her vocation as a Social Worker; working with adolescents, parents, and families empowering them to find healing with each other.