Zen and the Art of Community Maintenance

Rev. Fred Howard – February 26, 2017

Unitarian Universalists have such a diverse communities. What is it that binds us together? Visitors from more traditional, creed based churches often wonder how a congregation with such varied beliefs and so many differing individual spiritual practices can ever hope to find unity. That we’ve managed, for the most part, to achieve this unity can seem rather mysterious, even to those of us that have been around awhile. Zen has some wisdom to offer us, I think, as we seek to under- stand the dynamics of our community. I will share some thoughts on this from my recent reread of Pirsig’s classic “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” that may be of use to us as we continue to stretch ourselves in incorporating newcomers, broadening our diversity, and strengthening the ties that bind.

Rev. Fred Howard currently serves the Valdosta UU Church and served as an Intern Minister at High Street under Rev. Rhett Baird.

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