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.
Can a multi-faith religious tradition have a symbol? In the 1940s, as our forebears wrestled with this question, men and women in the UU Service Committee drew chalices on windows of safe houses, for those fleeing the Nazis. The chalice evolves its own history, its own rules. We each add to its meaning. What does the UU chalice mean for you? Join us as we say ‘Thank You,’ and ‘See you at General Assembly,’ to the chalice visiting us from the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Come explore the challenge facing our youth-obsessed culture – to embrace the spiritual tasks of the second half of life: to make meaning from our life journeys, to accept our limitations and our unique gifts, and to create ways together to share those gifts in the on-going expression of creation and evolution.
Without compromising the risk of individuality or the power of community, how does one develop the balance between them that produces growth? And what spiritual practices can help in cultivating that growth? What changes of perception? What change of behavior?