Let It Shine

The Book of Matthew 5:15 in the Christian Bible entreats the faithful to realize, “You are the light of the world” and, just as no one would light a lamp and hide it under a basket, you should similarly “let your light shine.” The popular gospel song, “This Little Light of Mine,” urges us to heed that exhortation. But what does it mean to “be the light? How do we make that light shine? Mike Holliday, will explore those questions with us.

My High Resolve

New Year’s resolutions have a “bad rap.” We joke that whenever we “make a resolution,” we soon break it. The consequence can be that we give up on making any resolution so as not to delude or disappoint ourselves. Whatever our actual experiences are around making or keeping resolutions, we now have more understanding from social science and spiritual sources on how people change and what practices support our commitments to improve or to change. Howard Thurman, who has been called “one of the greatest spiritual resources of this nation,” offers this prayerful insight: “Keep fresh before me the moments of my High Resolve, that in fair weather or in foul, in good times or in tempests, in the days when the darkness and the foe are nameless or familiar, I may not forget that to which my life is committed.”

Letting Go, Letting In

Join our very own TPUUF member Laura Walter in preparing for the New Year through a Burning Bowl ceremony. Laura grew up in the Unity tradition, similar to Unitarian Universalism in that it is principle-based. One of the five principles of Unity is that thoughts have the creative power to determine events and attract experiences. Laura will speak about how this principle influenced her life, and the good (being very aware of self-fulfilling prophecies) and bad (guilt of believing in faith healing and still being ill) of retaining this belief. Let’s consider this interesting philosophy to see if anything can be found in it to help each of us in our own search for truth and meaning.

At the time of the New Year, the Unity community observes the Burning Bowl ceremony, a silent ceremony to symbolically burn away thoughts, processes, events and conditions, so the New Year can be met with a clean slate. This symbolic release aspires to be cathartic, helping us to let go of limiting thoughts and initiate new habits and new ways of thinking. The Burning Bowl ceremony will be part of this worship experience designed to invigorate and renew, helping us to greet 2020 with open heart and mind.