Why do we gather together as Unitarian Universalists? We take a look at what possesses....err... inspires us to put all this time and effort into creating this wonderful community, as well as the foundations of an ethical and spiritual life.
We human beings enjoy certainty - we like to think we know what's going on. Life is full of ambiguity, however, and so how we adjust to that reality is one of life's central questions.
As we grow, we must let go of our old selves to make room for who we are becoming. How do we grieve the loss of our old selves and our old dreams? How do we let go of who we used to be? How do we find our true, core selves?
Last week we looked at how external circumstances affect our identity and sense of worthiness from the outside in. This Sunday, we'll look at how we create our sense of identity from the inside out, examining both positive and negative identity construction.
Who am I? is one of the most basic questions, one we don't pause to answer very often - and those answers can be fruitful and meaningful if we take the time to find them. What makes up our identity?
We dive in depth into our exploration of this month's theme of Humanism with a look at how Humanist thought has impacted Unitarian Universalism today, and where it might lead us into the future. We'll ask: what is a humanist message of hope?
We explore the power our church has to rock the world, as it rocks our own lives, in ways both meaningful and profound.
There is a tendency to think sometimes of power as something bad, but power, like a hammer, is a tool that can be used for good or for ill. If we fail to claim our own power, we miss opportunities to change the world for the better.
There's not many places in our culture where we learn about power and how to use it - we thus often underestimate the amount of power we have, and what we can accomplish. Claiming our power starts with claiming our own truth and self - only then can we join our voices with others to create change in the world.
Belonging means to be accepted just for who we are - it also means to be in a place or a community which resonates with our beliefs and values. What then, does it mean to "belong" in as a Unitarian Universalist in church communities where we embrace and celebrate so much diversity? How do we belong amidst difference?