Free choice is perhaps the most fundamental part of being Unitarian Universalist. The desire of religious communities made not by obligation or law but by people freely choosing to come together is the beginning of congregational polity (and Puritan existence in North America), a structure that we still practice today. Free choice is also the foundation of covenant. Covenant being made of the promises people make one to another, presumably promises that are freely chosen. Another way of thinking about choice is desire. We desire to “walk together” as the original Puritan covenants once said. Join us as we consider covenant and how we might live it in our life together.
If loss is the other side of love, then dissatisfaction is the other side of desire. Desire is longing, and most often longing is never completely satisfied. As the Muslim poet Rumi writes, “Every thirst gets satisfied except that of these fish, the mystics, who swim a vast ocean of grace, still somehow longing for it!” Join us as we explore this more mystical side of desire and the art of living with heartbreak.
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.
Unitarian Universalism is quick to assure us that we are not broken human beings in need of some savior but whole, perfectly imperfect, just as we are. We may be whole, but are we complete? And if we are complete already, then what is the purpose of community? Join us as we explore what humanity-uplifting Unitarian Universalism has to say about embracing our brokenness.
Generosity is contagious. When we experience someone else sacrificing on our behalf, or on the behalf of someone else, we want to do the same. Join us as we explore the heart and soul of spiritual abundance and how it pertains to our mission in the world.
Abundance (our theme for the month) offers rich spiritual practices of gratitude and letting go of things that weigh us down, material and spiritual. But it also has a real physical component: that there is a enough food, shelter, safety for everyone. Join us as we seek to restore the harm of Prosperity Gospel teachings through reclaiming theologies of spiritual as well as material abundance.