The #meetoo has swept social media, and revelations and allegations about Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and many others have featured prominently in recent news cycles. A national spotlight is finally being trained on an issue the has for far too long remained outside of the national consciousness - sexual harassment, sexual assault, rape, and the rape culture that enables and encourages all of these to happen. It's time to end rape culture.
The underlying emotions that drive our responses to policy and public perception around immigration too often needlessly reside in fear and scarcity. What would it look like to approach immigration from a place of abundance? We explore these topics and more as part of a special service supporting our Youth Group's spring Service Journey trip to the Mexico border.
Most of us enjoy sharing our stories with others, but we tend not to think of that as a basic human need. We do have a need though for the sense of connection with others that story-telling and deep listening creates. What would it mean to tell your story? Also as part of the service, Shailla and Naim Gupta will lead us in a brief celebration of Hindu observance of Diwali.
White supremacy is more than just the beliefs of those we label as "white supremacists" - it is a fact of life in our country, our culture, and even within Unitarian Universalism, as painful as that can be to acknowledge. How do we continue to live into our beliefs and values of inclusivity, justice and equity? We explore what it means to move towards dismantling white supremacy.
Yet again, we grieve as a nation for a terrible mass shooting. Join us to honor the lives lost together and to discuss how we might move forward as a people. How might we re-frame our stories so that we might end the escalation of gun violence all around us? How might we move forward towards more freedom and peace?
Stories are powerful. When the stories we tell ourselves are uplifting, they feed our souls. When the stories we tell are harmful though, they are worth examining more deeply. And then there are the larger stories we tell in our culture that are meant to be uplifting, but have significant shadow sides. What do we do with stories that cause harm?
Liberal religion, and Unitarian Universalism in particular, has had a tendency to say we welcome everyone, and all beliefs. Are there limits though to our welcoming, and to being welcoming in general? We'll explore these questions and more!
There are times where the hard things in life are just plain bad, and, there are other times where there might be fruits to be found by welcoming what's difficult. We'll explore the possibilities in finding deeper meaning in some of the hard parts of life.
There are some of us who thrive on the new and different, but for many of us, trying new things can be uncomfortable. It can also be easy to get stuck in a rut in our lives. What might a spiritual practice of welcoming the new look like?
Are our hands and hearts as open as they could be to the gifts of the universe? Or are they closed and shutting down opportunities and paths of relationship? Together we will explore some symbols and techniques for increasing our openness and maximizing our receptivity to what the universe has to offer us.