Living in our society, we quickly learn how to categorize people by appearance, career, gender, and who we love. We also learn what the kind of person we should be to be admired or simply fit in. This leads to negative self-judement for many of us. Today, we will attempt to love who we truly are without the labels that tell us who we “should be”. Self-love is a journey- a journey worth taking.
The universal, spiritual message of resurrection for all who would keep faith with life, through its deaths and rebirths. What calls for resurrection in you, our culture, families, congregation?
Twenty years ago, an African American colleague described the terror, whenever her (Black) husband was late coming home from work. Was he stopped by the police for driving while Black?
Had he been mugged by a gang or thug? Arrested for being in white neighborhood? My partner is white. I’ve never had to live with her fear. Her story lives in me, in sacred trust, opening me to compassion, to work for justice and equity, our 2nd UU principle.
What life experiences break our hearts open, so we may help create racial justice?
You may have heard this is an election year in America. We’ve already had debates and an onslaught of advertising. It sounds like democracy, doesn’t it? In society and also in our religious lives, the democratic process requires trust in the development of each individual conscience-a belief that such development is possible for each of us, as well as a commitment to cultivate our own conscience. We could call it a commitment to the value of each person. In the words of Theodore Parker
, ‘Democracy means not “I am as good as you are,” but “You are as good as I am.”‘
Are we ready to live up to our half of the bargain?
Do you live in a world of possibility? Or do you feel hemmed in and hopeless? Which world would you like to live in? Opening to the possible is a spiritual practice that can transform ourselves, our relationships, and our organizations.
What’s the relationship of art, spirituality and religion? What are we expressing when we make art? Are art and creativity God’s language, Life’s message? How does art shape our inner lives? Are you an artist? Bring something you’ve made (or a picture of it) for the chalice table or to display in the Gathering Room or Social Hall.
Humor informs all walks of life and religions as a teaching and learning tool.
What may be the spiritual gifts of the darkness for you this year – moving into the unknown, seeing ourselves and others differently? How might we support one another in exploring these gifts in compassionate community?