This is a delightful book by Lonni Collins Pratt, written with Father Daniel Homan, OSB. I would like to share an idea put forth as a possible remedy to fear, anger and suspicion: hospitality. Hopefully you will hear something that will help get your new year started in a way to encourage you to resolve to embrace love for “the other.”
Unitarian Universalist don’t always celebrate Advent, the Christian liturgical season of when Mary and Joseph are journeying towards Bethlehem. We give it a token nod once every couple years with a lighting of the advent wreath during Sunday service. But Advent has a lot to teach us about hope and making the world a better place. Come help us kick-off Advent!
Most of us grew up in an organized religion. We identified ourselves as Baptists or Presbyterians or Catholics or whatever. And we felt this made us “spiritual.” It didn’t take us very long to realize this was wrong. Spirituality has very little to do with religiosity. But what is spirituality? What does it mean to be spiritual? Was I a spiritual person when I was a Monk and a priest and lived in a monastery? Are you a spiritual person now in the UU church? How can we know?
Words like “perfect,” “amazing,” and “beautiful” slip out of the care- giver’s mouths so easily. Gradually, though, we become less perfect… or is it that everyone else becomes less amazed, and more enchanted by mistakes and foibles? Join us as we explore what it means to live in the world through eyes of abundance.
Abundance often brings images of a good harvest, warm houses, family laughing together. What happens when life is not so sweet? Today we look for abundance in unlikely places, and find that by doing so we are practicing the art of gratitude.
Cultures, religions and institutions the world over set aside days with special rituals, traditions and ceremonies to remember their loved ones who have passed through the gate of physical death. This Sunday, we will examine some of these traditions and participate in rituals of remembrance of our own. Everyone will be invited to participate through bringing photos or mementos of loved ones they would like to remember on this special day. We will light candles and speak the names of those we remember with love.
Courage seems to have become an unfashionable modern virtue, probably because not noticing it beneath our everyday actions, our image of true bravery has grown too large and too remote to be of much practical use to us. This is a day for mustering that small and very reasonable courage that makes all the difference.
In many passages the Bible suggests that there are several “gods” – not just one. Also, many people today do things in the name of “God.” Which “God” might they be talking about? Are we sure we’re all talking about the same one?
“Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” This is our 7th principle, and it is what allows Earth-based spirituality to find its home in the UU tradition. Please join some members of High Street’s own Sage Circle as we share how you can incorporate some ritual into your own life. We will discuss personal practices that we do in our daily lives. Small things like using all the food we obtain, recycling our waste to reduce what is added to landfills, and meditating on what is right for us to do in order to find the Sacred in Nature and keep the Earth healthy for those who come after us.