Our community is mourning the loss of Sumner “Bud” Jones
As time permits I will write a homily about Bud. I have only known this wonderful man for five and a half years, yet I have several cherished anecdotes. He and his wife Barb were so welcoming of me when I moved here. And charming. By their example they taught me a great deal about the many facets of being in a multi-religious, multi-political community in rural Maine.
Bud you will be missed.
Unitarian Universalists who are interested in publishing your work who visited us at the UU Women and Religion booth in the exhibit hall at General Assembly in Spokane… the discount is valid they to September 19th for our “A Sermon in My Pocket Series” which is for clergy and lay people alike. Also, inquire about how your congregation can utilize the Matrika Press Anthology Series for fundraising and outreach! http://matrikapress.com/visit-matrika-press-at-ga/
We have explored Sue Monk Kidd‘s groundbreaking memoir: The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, describing Kidd’s journey into feminist theology. As well as the soulful tale of The Mermaid Chair.This Autumn we delve into two more of Sue’s inspirational manuscripts:
Firstlight: The Early Inspiration Writings, the spiritual essays, meditations, and inspirational stories Sue wrote in her thirties – all collected into a single volume.
When the Heart Waits, an autobiographical account of Sue’s personal pain, spiritual awakening, and divine grace that has become a touchstone on contemplative spirituality teaching the discipline of “active waiting.”
We are excited to share some of these for our summer adventures:
Great article by Arthur C. Brooks on how to have compassionate communication with and about those we disagree with in politics, spirituality, philosophy and more. He sites that The problem in America today is not incivility or intolerance, rather, it is “motive attribution asymmetry” which breeds contempt.
“What we need is not to disagree less, but to disagree better. And that starts when you turn away the rhetorical dope peddlers — the powerful people on your own side who are profiting from the culture of contempt. As satisfying as it can feel to hear that your foes are irredeemable, stupid and deviant, remember: When you find yourself hating something, someone is making money or winning elections or getting more famous and powerful. Unless a leader is actually teaching you something you didn’t know or expanding your worldview and moral outlook, you are being used.”
We created this audio track for our Blue Christmas Vigil. Will post video excerpts of vigil content within the next few days. (Click image below)
Facebook generated a video glimpse of my Year. As is with all years, 2018 held both joys and sorrows for me and those I love. This video highlights several of the most joyous moments and events. I am truly grateful beyond measure for those I share this Life with!