Fear is the nervous system’s instinctive reaction to a real or perceived threat. The signals that fear produces tell your body to prepare for a fight, freeze, or flight response.

Unlike fear, courage is a moral strength not a physical response. It arises when you feel fear but do what is needed anyway. It is the drive to do what is right and good even when you are facing something fearful. Mark Twain said, "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear. It is NOT the absence of fear." When you demonstrate courage, especially when your fears seem insurmountable, it will lift your spirits and inspire others as well. That is why courage is contagious. It is time to look at what Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity have to say about this elusive quality called courage.

Join Reverend Dennis Ashley this Sunday for a lesson about the nature and the role of courage.

Our music ensemble features Pamela Benton. She will be accompanied by LeeAnn Aerlyn-Moore and Julie Croteau.