Scholar of religion, Karen Armstrong, says that, “Religion isn’t about believing things. It’s about what you do. It’s ethical alchemy. It’s about behaving in a way that changes you, that gives you intimations of holiness and sacredness.” In this service we’ll build upon the theme of compassion and look at practical ways to cultivate compassionate that changes us as well as our actions.
Speaker: Rev. Larry Peers
The poet, Denise Levertov, writes: “But we have only begun /to love the earth. /We have only begun /to imagine the fullness of life. /How could we tire of hope? – so much is in bud.” Sometimes, we do “tire of hope.” Sometimes, it feels … read more.
Terry Tempest Williams said, “The human heart is the first home of democracy.” Each of us can be part of cultivating particular “habits of the heart” that make democracy possible and assist us in participating in healing the wounds and diminishing the divisions in our polarized society, or between people with differing perspectives and experiences.
“Life is just a chance to grow a soul,” according to Unitarian Universalist minister A. Powell Davies. In this service we will draw inspiration from the Jewish High Holy Days and other sources as we reflect together on perspectives and practices for cultivating our soul. Of course, the word “soul” can seem problematic to some. Metaphors are helpful. Hasidic Jews call it the “spark of the Divine” in every human being. Buddhists call it the “Big Self.” Quakers call it the “Inner Light” or “Inner Teacher.” A contemporary writer and my friend, Parker Palmer calls it the “being in human being.”
We stand together on a new threshold in the life of this congregation and perhaps in our own lives. Threshold moments are holy moments that remind us of where we have been, where we are, and where we want to be. How do we approach … read more.