Writing as Spiritual Practice
Writing as Spiritual Practice (WSP) is currently meeting via Zoom at 9:00 am on first Sundays. Please note that the date for WSP in October has been shifted to the second Sunday, October 10. 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: October 10, 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 words to the hymn are printed below.The theme for October 10, 2021, is “We Are Building a New Way through Curiosity.”
Choose one or more of the following or make up your own assignment:
- Albert Einstein is reported to have said, “The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” Oxford Languages online defines the noun curiosity as “a strong desire to know or learn something.” What do you have curiosity about? Why? What have you done or could you do to quench your curiosity? Be specific.
- When has curiosity about something gotten you into trouble? Explain.
- When has curiosity about something brought you great joy or introduced you to someone or something new? Explain.
- Oxford Languages online’s second definition of the noun curiosity is “a strange or unusual object or fact.” Describe the most interesting curiosity you have ever encountered. What made it/her/him/them so interesting to you? Explain.
- According to Oxford Languages online, the meaning of curious, the adjective form of curiosity, is “strange; unusual.” In my Southern upbringing, I have known this word with this meaning to be pronounced as “kewis,” and most often used to describe a person, as in “Great Aunt Melvis was a very kewis person,” or to explain a puzzling circumstance, as in “A very kewis thing happened to me today.” Describe a kewis person or circumstance from your upbringing. Be sure to use specific adjectives that recall the person or circumstance. (By the way, the degrees of “kewis” are “kewis,” “kewiser,” and “kewisest.” LOL)
- A very common expression in English is “Curiosity killed the cat.” It is a very old expression, dating at least as far back as Shakespeare (To read the origin story from Wikipedia, click here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curiosity_killed_the_cat.) If you are owned by a feline, you may have a story of how your kitty got itself into a dangerous situation. Please share the details with us. Hopefully, the ending of your story is not as sad as the ending of the story shared in the Wikipedia article.
- What has curiosity taught you about yourself or someone else? Explain.
- What stimulates your curiosity? Be specific and explain. Email Myrna for a copy of a poem by Billy Collins,, for some inspiration.
- How do UUFA’s Covenant and/or the UU Principles promote curiosity? Be specific. Read these documents here: https://www.uuathensga.org/us/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.