Great(?) Expectations

In so many instances of life, our experience of a moment is conditioned by our expectations for that moment. If we had low expectations, we might be delighted when they’re exceeded, or deeply disappointed when the opposite occurs – even if what actually happened was precisely the same. Would we all be happier with lower expectations? Would we be happier if life were more regularly underpromised and overdelivered? What might that practice look like in a community of faith like ours? 

Rev Christopher Wulff is a fifth-generation Canadian Unitarian, who most recently served as Minister of the Westside UU Congregation in West Seattle. In his varied life he’s worked as a park ranger, a graphic designer and programmer, a counsellor for refugees and an advocate for people living in poverty, a professor of journalistic ethics, and a cook at a Unitarian Universalist retreat centre. His lovely wife Ariel also grew up UU, and worked for the CUC for many years, and they have two young kiddos who are more interested in the snack table after church than in the service, but who are quickly picking up the hymns sung around the dinner table. Christopher is currently experimenting with various treatments to resolve a period of major depression and organizing with folks to launch a new network of UU communities in Vancouver modelled after house churches and revivals.

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