Rev. Jennifer Nordstrom, First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee

Curiosity can be a powerful tool for learning and transformation. In our Unitarian Universalist congregations, we often use critique as our primary tool of investigation. What would it be like if we led with curiosity instead? Curiosity still allows for wonder, doubt, and questioning, but it has a different leading feeling than critique.

In my own life, I have found that getting curious about my reactions, assumptions, opinions, and feelings has opened me up to new layers and ways of knowing (and not knowing!). It has made space for my own learning as well as the learning of people around me.

Our Unitarian Universalist congregations and communities are often spaces of knowledge. What kind of relationship does curiosity open up in our spaces? In our own hearts?

This month, I hope we explore new and old ideas, traditions, and ways of being with one another using the tool of genuine curiosity. What are you curious about today?

In faith,



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