From Vision to Soul Work: A Year of Themes Ministry
- Last Updated on 01 July 2015
I’d not heard of themes ministry until Reverend Seth started talking about it this past church year. I’d gone to seminary long before it became part of the way people looked at ministry, at worship, and at everything else that takes place in our congregations. Because I’d attended a United Methodist seminary, I was familiar with the concept of a lectionary. A lectionary is a listing of biblical passages to be read in worship and focused on in preaching throughout the church year. It is used by many Christian churches, including Catholic and Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran and Methodist. There usually is a passage from the Christian Old Testament, the New Testament, and frequently there are passages from one of the four Gospels separately from the rest of the New Testament.
Walking On the Grass
- Last Updated on 02 June 2015
On our way to the car one fine spring morning, strolling across campus, a college friend said to me, “oh, you’re one of those.” “One of those what?” I asked, unaware that I had been doing noteworthy. “You follow the sidewalk, even if it’s not the fastest route.” “Uhh, well… yeah. Isn’t that what the sidewalks are for? Walking on?” “Sure,” my friend said, “if you prefer going the slower route.” And he proceeded to cut across the grass directly towards the car. I, of course, not to give-in to my friend’s goading, embraced my new-found identity of “sidewalk follower,” and held my ground. I took the sidewalk the long way around, meeting my grass-walking friend at our destination, where he was waiting impatiently.
- Last Updated on 02 June 2015
Landscapes can be healing. Perhaps you have had the experience of being someplace where you felt good, at home, relaxed. Perhaps you brought heavy burdens with you on a hike or a road trip, and found that, somewhere along your route, you had left them behind. Several studies have shown that patients in hospitals and residents in nursing homes who have access to garden areas or even views of green spaces heal faster and do better, with better spirits and less agitation.
New Mission & Vision Statements Approved!
- Last Updated on 21 May 2015
We voted on Sunday, May 17th to adopt the following as our new Mission & Vision statements. Much thanks to the Mission & Vision Task Force for their tremendous work in researching, crafting and creating these based on the thoughts, ideas and feedback from our congregation!
Exploring faith. Practicing inclusivity. Living justice.
We, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Muncie, are a church family, relating to one another with love, kindness, fellowship, humility, joy and generosity.
- We encourage open, lifelong religious exploration, drawing upon reason, spirituality, and curiosity.
- We strengthen one another, offering acceptance, nourishment, and mutual support.
- We welcome people of all identities, regardless of age, class, culture, race, ableness, gender identity, or sexual orientation.
- We seek deeper, stronger, more transformative relationships that foster growth and healing for ourselves, our church, and our communities.
- We promote social justice, serving as a force for good and for lasting societal change.
- We serve as stewards of our church, this country, and the world.
- Seeking the Essence
- God in Our Image?
- New Pictorial Church Directory
- An Air of Trust
- A Trustworthy and Trusting Community
- Faith Matters
- Faith, Trust, and the Transpersonal
- Vulnerability Matters
- Vulnerability: The Chosen and the Unchosen
- Change Is In the Air
- The Empty Is the Real
- Open Spaces
- Ferguson: Questions and Answers and Questions
- Fertilizing the Future
- Same-Sex Marriage and Community
- The Power of Community
- Life and Death in the Interdependent Web of All Existence
- Going Deeper: Microaggressions & White Privilege
- Class Is In Session