Theologian Henry Nouwen wrote: “Listening is paying full attention to others … a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even to dare to be silent with you.”
Speaker: Rev. Ben Meyers
A good place to start any spiritual growth is through deep listening. Our lives are full of voices, calling from within and without. The more alert we are, the more clamorous those voices can seem. What is your heart saying, and how will you respond?
The Days of Awe — Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the period between — mark the start of the Jewish calendar’s new year, and coincide with the beginning of the UU program year. In our Ritual of Atonement, we forgive ourselves and each other.
We explore “the forces that create and uphold life,” renewing us during these trying times. What is your life’s source of awe and purpose? How do you experience and share “transcending mystery and wonder”? Congregational Meeting follows.
Our annual homecoming and renewal ritual takes on special significance this year. As we gather at the well of religious community, what calls to you this year? What will you draw from the well to heal your soul? Please bring a glass of water.
Three years ago, the UUA charged a commission with analyzing the systemic racism and white-supremacy culture that prevent us from fulfilling the promise and ideals of our denomination. How do we embrace the recommendations in the commission’s newly-published report?
“The world changes according to the way people see it,” wrote James Baldwin. “If you alter, even but a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it.” On Baldwin’s 86th birthday, we ask: “Is it enough to change you…and the world?”
Our annual Flower Communion features a ritual celebrating beauty, human uniqueness, diversity, and community. This year’s ritual will offer unique ways for us to bring our “flowers” to one another and celebrate the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part, our Seventh Principle!
Our annual Pride service explores issues relating to gender and transgender equity, celebrates diversity, and honors the inherent worth and dignity of every person.
Projections say we may not be able to come together safely in large gatherings (to sing together, etc.) until a year from now…in May or even September of 2021. How do we build Beloved Community in this time of physical distancing? Our June Congregational Meeting will take place as an extension of this brief service.