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 9:15 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 Our 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: 9:00 am. Next gathering: June 7, 2020, 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 June 7, 2020, is “Fulfilling Our Promise through Serving–Responsibility.”

Choose one or more of the following or make up your own assignment:

  1. Martin Luther King Jr. had this to say about serving: “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Name someone (or several someones) who lacked a college degree or other training/education but spent their lives serving the greater good. Explain why they come to mind when you think of serving others.
  2. What do you think “a heart full of grace” (in MLK’s quote above) means? Give some examples of specific people or groups of people who exhibit that quality and explain how they exemplify it.
  3. During this time of sheltering in place, how have the service industries proved their worth? Be specific.
  4. Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” When have you found yourself or found out something about yourself by serving others? Explain.
  5. In what ways have you been able to serve the greater good during this time of sheltering? Be specific.
  6. What holds or has held you back from serving the greater good in some capacity? Why?
  7. “Blame” is a synonym of “responsibility.” What is the difference in the meaning of the two words? Explain with an example, if possible.
  8. President Obama once said, “The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.” When has taking responsibility for your own happiness and well-being filled you and/or someone else with hope? Explain.
  9. When does “responsibility” become “obligation”? Which one keeps your lamp burning longer? Email Myrna for a copy of Meg Barnhouse’s essay, “Rekindled,” for inspiration.

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.