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 2018-2019 Program Year: We’re Making Room for . . .
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: April 7 in the Kleiner Heritage Room (Sofa/Couch Room) behind the sanctuary.
The theme for April 7 is “We’re Making Room for Science & Religion.”
Choose one or more of the following or make up your own assignment:
- Former Unitarian Universalist Association President Peter Morales “once argued, in a sermon about science and religion, that science is about ‘what is’ and religion is about ‘so what.’” Do you agree or disagree? Explain.
- Do you collect specimens of some sort—shells, rocks, birds (Are you a birder?), butterflies, bugs, others? Why? What do you learn from them? How do they make you feel? In what way does your collection resemble or not resemble an altar? Explain.
- Do you maintain a collection of photos, figures, or objects (sacred or otherwise)? Why? What do you learn from them? How do they make you feel? In what way does your collection resemble or not resemble an altar? Explain.
- Has science ever failed you? When, where, how, why? Tell us about it.
- Has religion ever failed you? When, where, how, why? Tell us about it.
- Where, why, how do science and religion intersect in your life? Email Myrna for a copy of Tom Barrett’s poem, “What’s in The Temple?” for inspiration.
- Argue for or against the statement: Maybe all that really matters is believing in something. See the video “Can Science Be a Religion?” here: https://curiosity.com/topics/the-complicated-intersection-of-science-and-religion-curiosity/.
- Do you believe there are mysteries that science cannot explain? Why or why not? See the video “Science, Religion, and the Big Bang” here: https://curiosity.com/topics/the-complicated-intersection-of-science-and-religion-curiosity/.
- Krista Tippett says science and religion are answering different questions. Do you agree or disagree with her? Why? See her video, labeled “What Different Questions are Religion and Science Answering?” here: https://curiosity.com/topics/the-complicated-intersection-of-science-and-religion-curiosity/.
For more information or for copies of inspirational pieces for this assignment, contact Myrna.