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: November 1, 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 November 1, 2020, is “Let It Be a Dance We Do with Strength, Stamina.”

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

  1. Dictionary.com defines strength as having power in at least six different forms: “bodily or muscular power,” “mental power,” “moral power,” reasoning power, power in numbers, and “effective force.” Illustrate one or more of these forms by describing how and when you have seen this form of strength in action. Email Myrna for the complete list or check out the definition of “strength” at dictionary.com.
  2. What is your greatest strength? Describe a time when you had to use this strength to its utmost. Why? How?
  3. “Courage, heart, perseverance, and heroism” are traits that, according to Scholastic.com, demonstrate strength. Under what circumstances have you seen these traits in action? Email Myrna for more about how these traits may be exhibited or see https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/reading-resources/book-selection-tips/stories-strength.html for more.
  4. When have you wished for more strength of any form? Why? Explain.
  5. Macmillan Dictionary online defines “stability” in the following ways:
    1. “a situation in which things happen as they should and there are no harmful changes.
    2. condition in which someone’s mind or emotional state is healthy.
    3. the ability of something to remain balanced and not fall or shake.”

What is the relationship between “strength” and “stability”? How does stability support strength and vice versa? Be specific.

Use examples if possible.

  1. Who or what helps restore your stability when you teeter? Explain. For inspiration, email Myrna for a copy of  “Loneliness” by Mary Oliver.
  2. The Ancients believed that there were times of the year and places on the Earth when and where the stability (balance) of Nature and, therefore, of Humans was in danger of being completely lost. To forestall that catastrophe, they created rituals and traditions to appease the gods so that they would restore harmony. When you feel your stability slipping away, what do you do to restore it? For inspiration, email Myrna for a copy of “Solstice,” by Ellin Carter.
  3. A line in “Let It Be a Dance,” the hymn which is the inspiration for the current worship theme, says, “Learn to follow, learn to lead.” Which requires more strength and stamina—to follow or to lead? Why? Explain.
  4. We seem to be living under the so-called Chinese curse: May you live in interesting times. What kind of strength and stamina are you exerting to survive these interesting times? 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.