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This. This. This!

Regardless of how we personally interpret or experience the Holy.  Regardless of which individual causes we are most inspired to dedicate time to.  Regardless of where we place our priorities on our day-to-day lives.  When any among our human family are adrift in turbulent waters of life, spiritually or physically, we are each Called to form such a chain as this.  Because we are each other’s saviors.  That is why we are here together on this planet.

 

Let the Light Enter

        The Dying Words of Goethe
“Light! more light! the shadows deepen,
        And my life is ebbing low,
Throw the windows widely open:
        Light! more light! before I go.
“Softly let the balmy sunshine
        Play around my dying bed,
E’er the dimly lighted valley
        I with lonely feet must tread.
“Light! more light! for Death is weaving
        Shadows ‘round my waning sight,
And I fain would gaze upon him
        Through a stream of earthly light.”
Not for greater gifts of genius;
        Not for thoughts more grandly bright,
All the dying poet whispers
        Is a prayer for light, more light.
Heeds he not the gathered laurels,
        Fading slowly from his sight;
All the poet’s aspirations
        Centre in that prayer for light.
Gracious Saviour, when life’s day-dreams
        Melt and vanish from the sight,
May our dim and longing vision
        Then be blessed with light, more light.
Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911) was active in both African Methodist Episcopalian and Unitarian Universalist churches.  She was a prolific writer and poet, as well as a leader in the abolitionist movement. She helped slaves escape through the Underground Railroad and wrote frequently for anti-slavery newspapers, earning her a reputation as the mother of African American journalism.
As we enter into reflection about our Nation’s independence, may we ever be mindful of the blessings and responsibilities of freedom. May we seek to embrace the light, and be blessed by the light.
Happy Independence Day,
~ “Twinkle” Marie Manning
 

 

Theology Panels

Bravo to our UU cousins in the UK who host this annual conference dedicated to exploring our theology.

We so appreciate Rev.Lewis Connelly‘s perspective of embracing “egalitarian imminent spirit” and the importance to not completely detach from our theology, as tends to happen in Unitarian Universalist strides to detach from all creeds and remain non-dogmatic. The overall sense throughout this discussion by the panel, as well as the audience, is about the importance of not forsaking the creation of shared “spiritual” context of our faith, even allowing mysticism in our theology, and the art of telling stories about the divine, and the art of listening to them. Rev. Sheena Gabriel reminds us that our movement has suffered from the lack of good theology, the kind that is an art, and a poetry, and an experience of the heart. She says it is important to bring the head and the heart together through mysticism.  Rev. Sarah Tinker points out that our theology is a continual, ongoing process and that happens when we gather together, talk together, explore together.

Beginning this summer at Twinkle’s Place, we look forward to hosting panel discussions and small covenanted  group ministries focused on heart based explorations of theology embedded in reason as we open to and access the egalitarian universalist spirit.  Gatherings will focus on enhancing our UU spirituality and theological practices through exploration of theologies, philosophies and mysticisms.

Our gatherings will be by-invitation-only at this time.  However, if you would like to participate, please email us: TwinkleManning@gmail.com

September 11th Vigil in Manson Park

We Gather Together.
In honor of the lives of those who died as a result of the terrorist attack on September 11th, 2001, and to promote peace in our world, a sacred and prayerful space near the beautiful Sebasticook River will be available for our BikeMaine visitors in Manson Park should any wish to pause for a moment and reflect on this day.
This vigil event is also open to the public for all who wish to attend.

The vigil space hosted by Rev. “Twinkle” Marie Manning will be open from 5:00am-8:00am and have a multi-faith clergy presence.

Additionally, at 7:00am, clergy will share in a collaborative prayer creating a tapestry of love and hope on this day.

If you are clergy and would like to participate, or should you want more information, please email:

TwinkleManning@gmail.com

 
Please VISIT THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE for updates.

Meet the Candidates for UUA President

Each of the three candidates will be appearing as guests on The VUU in the month of March:

Susan Frederick-Gray, March 2nd at 11:00AM

Jeanne Pupke, Thursday, March 23rd at 11:00AM

Alison Miller, Thursday, March 30th at 11:00AM

We will continue to update this page as the interviews are available from The VUU.

And, if you are in Central Maine on Thursdays, you are welcome to watch The VUU in community at Twinkle’s Place.  11:00AM EST.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE UUA PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, visit this link!