Bearing Witness

As a term in psychology, bearing witness means sharing our experiences with others. It is a valuable way to process an experience, to obtain empathy and support, to lighten our emotional load via sharing it with the witness, and to obtain catharsis. Most people bear witness daily, and not only in reaction to traumatic events. We bear witness to one another through our writing, through art, and by verbally simply sharing with others. A church community bears witness to each other’s lives. Considering the diverse reactions to the news of the Rev. Cathey’s leave-taking, part of the sermon will give over to questions and answers, to calm any fears and bear witness publicly to this transition.