Listening to Desire

Rev. Cassandra Howe – May 5, 2019

Desire. A relatively small word for all that it tries to encompass. Unitarian Universalism is pro-desire. The sexual kind of desire as we say in our Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education Curriculum, “is a very good gift, one of connection, creativity and pleasure” and perhaps more broadly, spiritual and creative desire. As UU minister Arvid Straube writes, “Prayer is simply being in touch with the most honest, deepest desires of the heart.” And yet, our journeys with desire are not as simple as simply affirming it. Feminists have worked hard to reclaim desire in a culture that has tried to shut women’s desire down. But it’s not just women: being a grown-up in our profit-driven country often means we are expected to be sensible, logical, oh responsible, practical (to quote from Supertramp’s “Logical” song). Join us as we seek to more authentically listen to and honor our desires.

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