Tonight there is a sold out Cornel West lecture at Colby in Waterville.
Many of us remember his Ware Lecture at UUA GA 2015 in Portland Oregon where one of my favorite quotes of Cornel’s is “Justice is what Love looks like in public.”
Here is the video of that evening including opening music by some of our favorite UU Musicians. At about the 30 minute-mark Peter introduces Cornel: https://www.uua.org/multiculturalism/ga/ware-west
I deeply appreciate The VUU taking time to begin a conversation about Earth-Centered UUism. I would love to see more of these types of conversations as there are many aspects of our Sixth Source manifesting in the hearts, minds and lives of Unitarian Universalists all over the world!
A great reminder that we have SIX Sources. The sixth is not merely an add on, rather, it is meant to be an integral part of our Living Tradition. I believe each source is meant to be active and accessible… and accepted. Yet, the whole of our sources are often left out of (or showing up more than moderately-diluted in) our “religious” services in exchange for the secularization that affirms our justice and social action principals with the reciting of profound logical quotes, psycho-political analysis, and calls to action for public witness on behalf of the most popular claimed causes.
I wonder what our Faith would look like if we went to Church on Sunday mornings (or Wednesday afternoons, or Friday evenings – – or each of these times every week) to be transformed? I wonder how many of our children would remain active members in our Faith Tradition if they were included in our now mostly adult services, rather than segregating them and hosting only a few intergenerational gatherings each year? I wonder if those among us who are taking up the mantles to be active in social justice activities would have more strength to do so if fortified by spiritually-centered community practices?
I suspect we would be stronger and more united in The Beloved Community if our worship services were rooted in the kinds of rituals, liturgy and ceremony found within the sources we are called to draw our faith from. There is so much benefit to be derived by incorporating authentic ritual into our services as well as including our children in the practice of worship. I believe there to also be benefit in having group-identified places of gathering, sharing and nurturing such as found within the sacredness of affinity and covent groups, as well as youth camps, etc. Yet to completely segregate our children from the core religious services seems at odds with our motto of “inclusion.” And in opposition to expressed desires for our children to claim this Faith as their own when they advance into maturity. If we want to pass the torch of the Unitarian Universalist Faith Tradition to the next generations, we need to include them in the Unitarian Universalist Faith Tradition.
I also am grateful that Catharine named the Women’s movement as pivotal to bringing our Sixth Source to life in our Living Tradition.UU Women and Religion (UUWR) is still active and accessible, dedicated to lifting up Women’s spirituality in our faith, preserving archives, creating curriculum and programs that honor our lived experiences of the divine.
I encourage you to join Catharine’s The Way of the River Facebook group – – and be prepared for how special Mondays are as group members are prompted to share “Beloved Selfies”: a beautiful way to witness and honor each other where ever we are in the world and on our journeys.
And be sure to open the above video up in YouTube so you can access all the other links, such as CUUPs.
Thursday, February 1st, 2018
Friends, join us as we do something to give back to those on military deployment.
We are hosting a night to create and assemble items to be included in Care Packages for our active duty military women and men on deployment. At Twinkle’s Place we will be mixing up sugar scrubs, making clay talisman, and making greeting cards.
Some will be bringing handmade items like crocheted washcloths and goats milk soap (Thank you Waggin’ Tale Farm). Others plan to contribute books, poems and artistry.
Yes, the theme for the care package is all about pampering these women and men. If you have something you would like to contribute to the care packages, please join us!
If you cannot attend, please feel free to drop something by this week.
Once upon a time we lived in tribal communities of about 150 people. Our lifespan was about 40 years. And divorce was unheard of. Yet partnerships were not often rooted in romance, but rather in survival and coupling (marriage) was according to class. One rarely changed their lot in life. Around 400 years ago in Venice, Italy, the “Happily Ever After” story was first told as a way to give hope to those born into poverty, many of whom who would not live past 16. The legacy we’ve inherited from the happily ever after dream is as simple and as complicated as that we are in many ways not biologically designed to separate and so it hurts when we do, and as a result we need to consciously develop the ability to do so. Katherine Woodward Thomas informs us about “Conscious Uncoupling” and also about “Calling in the One.” She helps couples let go gently and transition peacefully without holding our former partner hostage to our anger. This is a contribution just to each other, but to creating models of peaceableness for future generations (our children, and others in our circles). It is also a contribution to creating peace on our planet.
Peter Bowden is one of the best coaches/consultants I have ever worked with! This guy knows his stuff!!
click above to go to https://uuplanet.org/2018/01/02/coaching-with-peter-bowden/
Shamelessly promoting our beloved Holly Rose’s beautiful hand knit goods. Holly resides in New Smyrna Beach Florida with her husband – the Amazing Tom Rose(s)!
She makes scarves and shawls too!
I invite you to attend this important event virtually either from the comfort of your own homes, or join me at my place in Pittsfield to watch together and have beloved conversation afterwards.
Those of you know Thandeka, or know of her work, are aware of the enlightened approach she takes on the topic of race, class, and Affect Theology. Thandeka will disclose tonight what we all have in common and share how we can learn to live our lives with Love Beyond Belief.