Storytelling has the power to connect us during a time when so many are divided. It can help heal our wounds and also inspire others. Self-doubt and perfectionism can prevent us from telling our stories. Anne has learned a thing or so about the importance of sharing our stories - and why it's the real legacy we leave behind.
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" the saying -- and the song -- goes. Is this true? With beautiful and compelling music from guest musician Joe Jencks, we'll explore resilience, and what it means for all of us in these times.
What does it mean to be a faith community during these extraordinary times. Who are we? How do we define ourselves? What's the work we need to do now?
Each year we honour those in our lives who have died, recently or long ago. You are invited to bring a picture or memento of someone you have loved and lost as we reflect on what it means to live and die well.
In the midst of the turmoil of our times, this week I reflect on hope... something that at times seems ever more elusive. Is it something we should have always? Does hope make our lives better? Where do you source your hope? Has it changed over the course of your life? I welcome you in all of your hopefulness, hopelessness, and everything in between as we worship/seek meaning together.
One of the tenets of our Unitarian Universalist faith is an emphasis on covenants instead of creeds. Ours is a faith of relationship and promise instead of doctrine and belief. While often used in the context of religion, covenants as freely made promises that guide our behavior can extend beyond the bounds of church life.
Most forms of faith have an either spoken/conscious or unspoken/unconscious vertical dimension. Faith that focuses downward can express positive or negative attitudes: compassion or punishment, for instance. Likewise, faith that focuses upward may lead to an obsession with 'heaven' or a passionate determination to expand the heart. Let's look at this vertical dimension of Unitarian Universalism.
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