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 2021-2022 Program Year: Building a New Way
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: August 1, 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 worship theme for the 2021-2022 Program Year is “Building a New Way,” based on hymn #1017 in Singing the Journey.
The theme for August 1, 2021, is “We Are Building a New Way through Regathering in Community/Reclaiming Fellowship.”
Choose one or more of the following or make up your own assignment:
- Oxford Languages’ Online Dictionary defines community as “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.” How do you define your community? What are the “common attitudes, interests, and goals” that you share?
- Oxford Languages’ Online Dictionary defines fellowship as “friendly association, especially with people who share one’s interests.” During the pandemic while you were isolated from your community, were you able to maintain fellowship with them or did you lose fellowship?
- If you lost fellowship with your community, how can you regain or reclaim it? Be specific.
- During the pandemic shut-down, some people formed “pods” with family members, neighbors, or other types of community members. If you were part of a pod, how did that work out for you? What were the good and bad points of forming this intentional community? Did having this pod make it easier or harder to “return” to work or school or some other community? How do you think it will affect your reclaiming or regathering with your UUFA community?
- What difficulties or hesitancies are you encountering as you seek to leave the cocoon of pandemic isolation and rejoin your chosen community(ies)? For inspiration, email Myrna for a copy of Martha Kirby Capo’s short reflection,.
- When does a community of like-minded people become a “Beloved Community”? Be specific in naming the characteristics that you think make up a Beloved Community. Do you feel that “we are all in this together?” Why or why not? For inspiration, email Myrna for a copy of Aisha Hauser’s reflection.
- What do you think will be the hardest part of regathering in community? Why? What do you think will be the easiest part? Why?
- What are you most looking forward to when UUFA is able to regather in community? Why? What are you least looking forward to? Why?
- Who or what have you missed the most about UUFA while we have been meeting virtually rather than personally? Do you think you can pick up where you left off with whoever/whatever that is? Why? Why not? How?
- How were you able to keep covenant with others at UUFA during the pandemic? Be specific. See the covenant at https://www.uuathensga.org/us/about-the-fellowship/mission-vision-covenant/, or email Myrna for a copy.
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.