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ૐ “What if…” – an excerpt from Pulpit of Peace ૐ

What if hospitality was the pillar of our Faith?
If coming together created sanctuary?
If sharing Joys and Sorrows was the path to enlightenment?
What if our sacred texts were our sermons, poems and songs?
If our principles were our doctrines?
If our covenant was the Hope that binds us?

an excerpt from Pulpit of Peace by Rev. “Twinkle” Marie Manning

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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

Super heroes in our midst

Wherever you are on your path, you can be a super hero!  What gifts do you have, share them.  Regardless of perceived limitations, we can all make a positive difference!

A writer for Reader’s Digest magazine interviewed Christopher Reeve near the end of his life, in 2004, and asked him why he had joined a Unitarian church.

He answered,

“It gives me a moral compass. I often refer to Abe Lincoln, who said, ‘When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that is my religion.’ I think we all have a little voice inside us that will guide us. It may be God, I don’t know. But I think that if we shut out all the noise and clutter from our lives and listen to that voice, it will tell us the right thing to do.”

Christopher Reeve showed what a real-life hero is: a person who listens to the voice inside them, and acts when that voice tells them the right thing to do.

“What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely.”

Reference resources:

Christopher Reeve: A Life for All Seasons – October 31, 2004

http://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/children/journeys/session3/132246.shtml

The Gospel According to Christopher Reeve – Unitarian Universalism

Please Stop the Violence

I have a lot of friends across this country who are Republicans.  We may not agree on all things – But Not a single one of them is a racist, a misogynist, a bigot, or any of the other things they are being called because they voted for Donald Trump.  Each one is a decent human being, loving and kind and deserves to be treated with respect. I am appalled and dismayed at how many of my fellow liberals are reacting to the election results in violence.

Violence comes in many forms – it begins in our hearts and minds, expands to our words and actions.  

Those behaving violently by inciting riots, causing physical harm to people and property and also by verbally beating down those who voted differently including  via social media – – none of this is ok.  

It needs to stop.  The violence in all its forms needs to stop.

Be the Peace you want to exist in the world! Please.