Worship service – August 14, 2022 – “How to Stay Awake: From Compassion Fatigue to Courageous Compassion”

In today’s worship service, our guest preacher, Haley Feuerbacher, shares her story and the work she is currently doing with compassion.

Dr. Feuerbacher says,

In today’s message, we will be identifying our own story of living in a world demanding our constant care and vigilance with the story of Jesus and his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane, noting the symptoms of and similarities to compassion fatigue that we experience when everything feels urgent, traumatic, and heartbreaking. I will be sharing my own story of being a spiritual activist and minister who was diagnosed with PTSD from the work I loved the most and how the Center for Courageous Compassion – and Christ – helped me discover, embrace, and embody a way of caring, being, and acting with sustainable courage and compassion that liberates our compassion from exhaustion and exploitation, rewilds our joy, and transforms trauma in our self, our society, and our systems.

Our services are being held with in-person attendance at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.  Today’s service is provided below in its entirety in video format. Note that closed captioning is available when “CC” appears in white at the bottom of the video panel. Click the CC to see the text; as it is done with an automated service, there may be errors in transcription.

Our Scripture Reading is Matthew 26:36-46 NRSV. The scripture today is from the Gospel of Matthew, about the night Jesus was betrayed in the garden of Gethsemane by his disciple Judas. Jesus is praying in agony and facing the end of his life, yet his disciples are sleeping. He challenges them to have compassion for himself in his time of need.

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Dr. Haley Fueurbacher
Dr. Haley Fueurbacher

The message today from guest Haley Feuerbacher is “How to Stay Awake: From Compassion Fatigue to Courageous Compassion.”

Dr. Haley Feuerbacher is a storyteller, creator, adventurer, spiritual activist, and theologian. She completed her Ph.D. at Southern Methodist University in Religion and Culture and Women’s and Gender Studies, where she served on faculty. She has also taught at The Seattle School for Theology & Psychology and served for several years as a youth minister and then as campus minister for a United Methodist Reconciling college ministry. Passionate about the power of joy and compassion for personal and systemic transformation, Haley is currently the founder and executive director of the Center for Courageous Compassion. The Center for Courageous Compassion is a nonprofit organization that is fighting compassion fatigue and burnout by creating sustainability in our activism and ministry with survivors of abuse and trauma through liberating our compassion and courage from exhaustion and exploitation, re-wilding our joy, and transforming trauma in ourselves and our systems. In addition to this life-giving mission, Haley is also a running coach at Fleet Feet Monterey, a yoga facilitator at M8 Wellness, a surfing and outdoor enthusiast, and an author, with her first book, “Single (M)Other”, available later this year through Wipf & Stock.

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Credits and copyrights

  • “What Wondrous Love Is This” USA folk hymn. Public domain.
  • “Peace of Our Praying” words by Terry W. York, music by C. David Bolin.   © 2004 Abingdon Press (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.). CCLI song #7013714, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Sanctuary” words and music by John Thompson and Randy Scruggs.  © 1982 Full Armor Publishing Company (Admin. by Peermusic III, Ltd.); Whole Armor Publishing Company (Admin. by Peermusic III, Ltd.).   CCLI song #24140, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “I Come With Joy” words by Brian Wren, music from The Southern Harmony, harm. by Charles H. Webb.   © 1968, 1971, 1995 Hope Publishing Company. CCLI song #2802284, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Change My Heart, O God” words and music by Eddie Espinosa.  ©1982 Mercy / Vineyard Publishing (Admin. by Integrity Music). CCLI song #1565, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow” words by Thomas Ken, adapt. by Gilbert H. Vieira; music from Geistliche Kirchengesänge, harm. by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Public domain. CCLI song #1364029, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Trees of the Field” words by Steffi Geiser Ruben, music by Stuart Dauermann.  © 1975 Lillenas Publishing Company (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.). CCLI song #20546, CCLI License #2718708.
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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