Writing as Spiritual Practice
Writing as Spiritual Practice is currently meeting via Zoom at 9:00 am on first Sundays. If you would like to participate, please let Myrna know.
Myrna Adams West facilitates “Writing as Spiritual Practice” first Sundays at 9:00 am via Zoom. She will email you a reminder and a link to the Zoom event the week before the event. This group offers an opportunity to explore spiritual expression through various genres.
Overarching Theme for 2020-2021 Program Year: Let It Be a Dance We Do . . .
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: 9:00 am. Next gathering: February 7, 2021, via Zoom.
Before attending the session, choose one or more of the following prompts to write about or make up your own assignment:
The theme for February 7, 2021, is “Let It Be a Dance We Do through Movement.”
Choose one or more of the following or make up your own assignment:
- Do you have a favorite movement from a musical composition? If so, listen to it now and let your mind move with the music. What images does it call up? Why? Why is this your favorite musical movement? Explain. For a definition of musical movement, check out the term in Wikipedia.
- Is there dance without movement? Why or why not?
- Is there life without movement? Why or why not?
- Is anything/anyone ever completely still—without movement? Explain.
- Take a few minutes to think about movement in your life. How has movement changed you? Why? What have you learned from it? Be specific. For inspiration, email Myrna for a copy of the essay “Moving Day,” by Elizabeth Tarbox.
- What makes you want to move? In what way? Why? For inspiration, listen to Carole King’s “I Feel the Earth Move.” You may listen at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6913KnbMpHM.
- What moves you emotionally? Why? Explain.
- What political, social, or religious movement have you been a part of? Why? How? When? Explain.
- What historical movement do you wish you could have witnessed and/or taken part in? Why?
- The UUFA Chalice Choir has sung “Keep on Moving Forward,” by the UU musical duo called Emma’s Revolution. You can listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aMX78a5ZJM. What keeps you moving forward, even in the face of what may feel like overwhelming odds? Explain.
- Antonyms of “movement” include “rest,” “stillness,” “quietness.” How might these attitudes enhance the success of an important movement—either personal or of larger consequence? Explain.
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.