How do we keep faith with life during changing times? One way is poetry. Jane Hirshfield writes, “Poems hold things you can’t quite remember; you take them in, they become you, you say them to others, and they become in that moment the listener’s own heart and mind, knowledge and life.”
A video sermon “In All Thy Getting, Get Understanding” presented at General Assembly 2016 helps us to see how congregations can work together to understand unity and collaboration Join us as we share the readings and listening to this inspiring video sermon.
The Water Communion, also sometimes called Water Ceremony, was first used at a Unitarian Universalist (UU) worship service in the 1980s. Many UU congregations now hold a Water Communion once a year.
Members bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. During the appointed time in the service, people one by one pour their water together into a large bowl. As the water is added, the person who brought it tells why this water is special to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. It is often then blessed by the congregation, and sometimes is later boiled and used as the congregation’s “holy water” in child dedication ceremonies and similar events.
Celebrate who we are to each other. As we observe Independence Day and freedom from oppression, we explore freedom’s wider call of interdependence with readings and songs from scientists and sages! Bring a reading, story, or song, and something delicious to share for brunch.
A poetry-inspired service exploring who we are (as individuals, as a spiritual community, as a religious movement) to the Mystery and to each other? And how Life is moving, speaking, holding presence through us now. Bring your favorite poem or quote by Rumi (or Hafiz).
Exploring the eco-feminist theology of poet, naturalist, mystic (UU) Mary Oliver. (An antidote to the volatility of this week’s presidential convention.) Bring your favorite Mary Oliver poem or quote to share
What was GA like for those from Oberlin UU Fellowship who attended? Hear shared experiences from those who went to General Assembly in Columbus. We are already looking forward to New Orleans General Assembly in 2017
How do we mother ourselves, our children, our community, our world? How do you respond to the truculent teen-ager within you (or in your face) who says, “I don’t want to; I won’t do it; you can’t make me!” How do you hold space so something totally new may grow?
Our Unitarian forefather Ralph Waldo Emerson provided an important legacy to us – the idea that the true work of our lives is the heart’s spiritual awakening. Emerson has been called America’s first public intellectual, and he placed great emphasis on each individual’s capacity and obligation for decision-making and truth seeking. Emerson also profoundly influenced the creation of a new path for Unitarianism in the 19th century.
Join us to discover how Emerson’s thinking continues to influence our collective faith and our individual spirituality.