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: 9:15 am. Next gathering: February 2, 2020, in the Kleiner Heritage Room (Sofa/Couch Room) behind the sanctuary.

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 2, 2020, is “Fulfilling Our Promise through Relating/Loving–Connection.”

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

  1. Merriam-webster.com defines “relate to” as “to connect (something) with (something else).” Dictionary.com defines “relate to” as “to bring into or establish association, connection or relation.” Do you have to know someone personally to relate to them? Why or why not? Explain.
  2. Do you have to love someone to relate to them? Why or why not? Explain.
  3. Have you ever said in response to someone’s situation, “I relate to that”? What do you mean when you say that? Explain. See the excerpts from “Empathy Is Admitting You Don’t Understand,” at https://sojo.net/articles/empathy-admitting-you-dont-understand on Sojourners.com for a different perspective that may inform your answer.
  4. How has your relationship to others changed as you have grown older? Explain.
  5. According to vocabulary.com: “The verb relate means ‘to make a connection.’” How do you make connections with new acquaintances? Explain.
  6. How does reading the stories of others help you relate to situations that are beyond your own experience? Kaaren Solveig Anderson’s essay “Gerda’s Raspberry,” may provide some inspiration. Email Myrna for a copy.
  7. How has social media helped you to re-connect or build relationships with people from your past? Explain.
  8. How do you maintain long distance relationships? Explain.
  9. What connection or relationship would you like to break in 2020? Why? How can you go about it?
  10. What relates or connects you to Unitarian Universalism? Why? How?

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.