by Sheila Sandow
UUSM has become a participating member in the Soul Matters Sharing Circle, a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations that follow the same themes each month, so that resources and ideas can be more easily shared. The Soul Matters Sharing Circle is a web of support and connection – companions traveling a new journey together each month.
As part of our congregation’s membership, Soul Matters provides us with a variety of resource materials we can use to enhance all aspects of our community’s life – from worship, to music, to small-group ministries, to lifespan religious-exploration programs.
We begin exploring Soul Matters themes in September by asking ourselves: “What does it mean to be a people of RENEWAL?”
September is a season of homecoming for UUs, and Renewal is central to that experience. It’s a good time to review our commitments to ourselves, to each other, and to our community – renewing our energy for another year of journeying together. It’s also a good time to ask ourselves some transformational questions about personal renewal.
In October, we ask ourselves: “What does it mean to be a people of DEEP LISTENING?”
Listening helps us find our way. It doesn’t just guide us through our world; it also creates our world. In those rare moments of deep listening, a space suddenly opens up … a space that feels sacred. We don’t have conversations, we are our conversations; who and what we listen to is who and what we become.
In November, we ask ourselves: “What does it mean to be a people of HEALING?”
Although we try hard to escape our pain, to put it behind us as soon as possible, what if our work is to travel toward it? What if proximity to pain, not distance from it, is the real route to healing? Pain can be a tool that carves open an entirely new space to live – a space where we are more deeply connected to each other than we imagined possible.
Other themes we will explore as part of the Soul Matters Sharing Circle during the 2020-2021 congregational year include:
What does it mean to be a people of … ?
February: Beloved Community
Our Soul Matters explorations promise to be a deep and rich source of discovery, not only for ourselves personally but also for our community.