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: March7, 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 March 7, 2021, is “Let It Be a Dance We Do through Grounding.”

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

  1. “Foundation,” “preparation,” “basis,” “training,” “instruction,” “education”—all are synonyms for “grounding.” Who—or what—is your grounding? Explain. For inspiration, email Myrna for a copy of the excerpt from Meg Barnhouse’s essay, “What If You Felt Loved?”
  2. When have you lost your grounding? How? Why? How did it feel? How/When did you regain it?
  3. To be good at something—whether it’s dance or playing the bagpipes or writing a poem or public speaking—requires preparation, training, instruction—and practice. (See the synonyms for “grounding,” above.) When have you felt grounded enough by your preparation, training, instruction, and practice to be confident in what you were about to do? Explain.
  4. When have you felt you were on shaky ground and needed more preparation, training, instruction, and practice before you would be grounded enough to successfully complete your task? Explain.
  5. Parents/Guardians sometimes “ground” children for breaking family/household rules or getting into some kind of trouble. When have you needed to be grounded in that sense of the word? Explain.
  6. When/Why have you wanted to “ground” someone else for bad/poor behavior? Explain.
  7. “Ground of all being” is a phrase that is sometimes used to refer to God. The phrase may have originated with Paul Tillich. See https://religiousnaturalism.org/god-as-ground-of-being-paul-tillich/ for a short discourse on this idea. What do you think of this way of thinking of/referring to God? Explain.
  8. “Learn to follow, learn to lead, / feel the rhythm, fill the need / to reap the harvest, plant the seed. / Let it be a dance.” Which of these words from the hymn “Let It Be a Dance,” from which our yearly theme is taken, make you feel most grounded when you are dancing, literally or figuratively? Why? How? Email Myrna for a copy of the lyrics of the song.
  9. What is your understanding of the grounding of Unitarian Universalism? Be specific.
  10. What, in your opinion, is the grounding of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, Georgia? Be specific. For inspiration, see the Mission, Vision, and Covenant statements. You can find these statements here: https://www.uuathensga.org/uufa/about-the-fellowship/mission-vision-covenant/.

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.