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John Pavlovitz Visits Unity of Pensacola

Jun 04, 2019 01:54PM

Unity of Pensacola will host writer, pastor and activist John Pavlovitz for two special events: an evening of inspiration, encouragement and storytelling at 7 p.m. on June 21, and a Compassion Fatigue Workshop from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on June 22. 

Pavlovitz’s evening presentation will include reflections from his books, A Bigger Table and Hope and Other Superpowers, and his 23-year journey as a progressive pastor. He’ll discuss “how to be safely burdened with the pain of this world, and what to do when you've exhausted your resources.” 

His workshop expands on the concept of balancing our desire to make the world a better place, and our finite capacity to do it.  

“To be compassionate is to bleed; to feel deeply for the damage around you and to be moved to respond to it,” he writes. “This is a beautiful and invaluable instinct, but it is costly too. There is a toll the trauma of the world takes on us when we seek to step into that dangerous space and to work for healing and justice. In days when so much need is at our doorsteps and on our news feeds, how do we attend to it all without becoming overwhelmed and consumed by it?” 

Location: 716 N. 9th Ave., Pensacola, FL. For more information, visit

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