“Why is it so hard to access Joy?” This is the question I was asked by a nurse recently at the Children’s Hospital where I serve as a Chaplain. Why is it important to access joy and what are the obstacles we face in searching for it? In “The Book of Joy” by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama, the two wise men share their answers about the importance of joy and why we struggle to access it. We will join together on a journey to finding joy and eliminating hurdles in the search.
Rev. Laura Shennum currently serves as a Chaplain Resident at University of San Francisco Medical Center in California. Before her chaplain residency, she served nine years as Parish Minister at Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Wenatchee, WA. She is a member of the UUMA Good Officer Coordinating Team. She lives in California with her husband, Don, and youngest daughter, Bree.