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.
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.
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. Thandekawill disclose tonight what we all have in common and share how we can learn to live our lives with Love Beyond Belief.
This is sure to be an engaging and thought-provoking talk about race, like we’ve not yet experienced. Thandeka‘s talk will track the hidden history of racial identify-formation and how whites and blacks were made in America. Be a part of the conversation which deeply explores and calls us to answer Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s question, “Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community?”
I’ve also reached out to Thankdeka inviting her to present here in Maine and I will keep you posted on this.
In the meantime this livestream event tonight airing from All Souls UU in Tulsa will serve to inform and upbuild us as we do the work of building The Beloved Community.
“A checkbook is a theological document; it will tell you who and what you worship.”
The quote is by Rev. Billy Graham and it was shared today by the I Am UU project. And I am sharing it here because it is the Truth!
It reminds me of David Foster Wallace’s commencement speech “This is Water” where he speaks about a similar thing when he said, “There is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshipping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And an outstanding reason for choosing some sort of God or spiritual-type thing to worship —be it Jesus Christ or Allah, Yahweh, Jehovah, the Wiccan mother-goddess or the Four Noble Truths, or some infrangible/inviolable set of ethical principles—is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive.”
Pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive.
The basic message of the service was that we all worship something. And what we choose to worship can help us make sense out of life, even when life seems senseless. What we choose to worship can comfort us, bring us joy, and have us greeting each morning in gratitude. Or, what we choose to worship can perpetuate our suffering. We get to choose to whom we belong, which ‘god’ we will serve. The first step toward doing so is to understand the distinctions of conscious and unconscious worshipping. And, to circle back to the original post: our checkbooks provide a consistent record for us to refer to when in doubt.
And, this month, as we are deep in the spirit of gratitude, please consider supporting Thomas A Earthman’s I Am UU Faithify campaign. In doing so you will be supporting the continued creation of meaningful messages that promote our UU values and principles.