The “condensed books” version of how and why I became a UU is fairly straightforward. The reality is more complicated. Come reflect with me as I weave together several voices that nourished my jagged journey to this place. I expect similar voices have nourished many of our journeys as well. Our support for a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning” and “encouragement to spiritual growth” provides an excellent setting in which each of us can create a spirituality that is our own and that responds to who we are as growing, changing human beings. Trigger warning: My spiritual journey has been shaped in part by my childhood experiences of abuse. I will mention this, although not in detail, in the sermon.
The natural world is “In Which We Live and Move and Have Our Being.” It concerns what we care deeply about, what the ground of our being is, what we regard as worthy of our deepest care, concern and respect. This week’s sermon brings together several voices, in an informal format that invites your participation, to explore our relationship to our environment.
The vote has been counted, the results are in. Now what? We will need to come together around the decision the congregation's democratic process produced. We will need to find ways that all of us can affirm our beloved community, our vibrancy, our continuing commitment to be a clear, steady voice for liberal religion and social justice in Delaware County and beyond. We'll need to dig deep into what brings us here to our church in the woods and remind ourselves why we want to be a part of this community. We will also recognize Memorial Day and the sacrifices it represents.
Start your New Year off with an opportunity to reflect on the past year and what it means to you for the year to come. Take home a reminder of your reflection.
I’ve been an “insider/outsider” in every religious group I’ve ever been in. I imagine that applies to most of us, to varying extents. Many of us find here in the woods a community that is a good fit. No matter how good a fit a faith community is for us, however, we won’t always agree with what’s done or with decisions that are made. What does it mean to remain faithful to our community when we disagree? What resources can we draw on to enable us to “stay at the table” with integrity and authenticity in the face of our disagreements? Come explore and reflect on your own journey.