Writing as Spiritual Practice
Myrna Adams West facilitates “Writing as Spiritual Practice” first Sundays at 9:15 am in the Kleiner Heritage Room (aka Sofa/Couch Room) in the Founders Wing behind the sanctuary. This group offers an opportunity to explore spiritual expression through various genres.
Rev. Alison said in her sermon “Going Beyond, Going Within,” and I’m paraphrasing here, spiritual practice takes one outside of self or within self. It transcends the everyday attempts to put into words that which cannot be named or spoken. It is communication–pick one or more or make up your own word–with God or self or nature or the universe. When we engage in spiritual practice, we go beyond self-interest and give self away.
Overarching Theme for 2019-2020 Program Year: Fulfilling the Promise . . .
Each Sunday the topic for the worship services will relate to that month’s theme, not as a series, but just another angle on a subject to deepen the exploration of that particular theme. The suggested prompts for Writing as Spiritual Practice assignments will follow the monthly worship themes.
Gathering time: 9:15 am. Next gathering: August 4 in the Kleiner Heritage Room (Sofa/Couch Room) behind the sanctuary.
The theme for August 4 is “Fulfilling the Promise by Welcoming/Accepting.”
Before attending the session, choose one or more of the following prompts to write about or make up your own assignment:
- Where/When have you felt most welcome? Why? How? Who?
- Where/When have you felt most unwelcome? Why? How? Who?
- Who would you not welcome into your home? Why?
- Who would you not welcome to UUFA? Why?
- UUA President, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, said in her homily, “A Love to Change the World,” on Thursday morning, June 20, 2019, at the UUA General Assembly: “[I]t is easy to hold up a light and declare that everyone is welcome. It is harder to build a place where everyone is actually at home.” Suggest some ways the UUA and/or UUFA can “build a place where everyone is actually at home.” To read the entire transcription of Rev. Frederick-Gray’s homily, go to https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2019/worship/thursday.
- Who would you invite into your garden? Why? For inspiration, email Myrna for a copy of “The Rose of Hafiz,” by Mark Belletini.
- Do you have a ritual for welcoming the morning? Or the evening? Or the changing seasons? Or some other natural phenomenon? If so, what is it? Please share. For inspiration, email Myrna for a copy of Mary Oliver’s poem, “A Thousand Mornings.”
- Does your family have a ritual, ceremony, custom, saying, etc. to welcome babies or new members through marriage, adoption, etc.? If so, describe it—even if it’s something simple.
- In a reading, Starhawk describes what a welcoming community might be like for her. (Email Myrna for a copy.) Describe the type of community where you would feel welcome.
- When you visit a new congregation, organization, or group of any sort, how do you want to be welcomed? Explain. For inspiration, email Myrna for a copy of the reading by Starhawk.
- How can UUFA become more welcoming? Be specific.
For more information or for copies of inspirational pieces for this assignment, contact Myrna.
Please Note: You may participate in the 1st Sunday gatherings even if you have not written anything. When others read their writings, you may be prompted to participate in the discussions or you may just want to sit and listen. You are always welcome.