Friday, October 25, 2013

BRIGHT Memories

Unitarian Universalist have many different ways for honoring those no longer with us. Many of these rituals come from the vast sources that fill our hearts with mystery, wonder and awe.
BRIGHT Memories

Questions to Ponder with your family and friends: 

In this time of year, with the sunshine and leaves so 
BRIGHT and Golden,  How and Who do you remember 
those no longer with us?

Some remember by placing a stone on a grave, 
some with flowers and sweets to eat. 

Feel free to print out these images (above) or draw your own with the names of those no longer with us. Place them someplace special and or bring them to church on Sunday for the alter. 

What's a memory? ~ Have a listen!

Wilfrid Gordon Mcdonald Partridge by Mem Fox

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Simply Epic!

Simply Epic!
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach..... ~ Henry David Thoreau
As birds are made to fly and rivers to run, so the soul to follow duty ~ Ramayana
Questions to ponder with your family and friends:
  • What is simple in your life?
  • What is something that is EPIC that has happened to you?
  • What about something "Simply epic?"
  • Where are the similarities and differences between
    Henry and Ramayana?  ~ Both from very different times, religions and beliefs, places?


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Compassion in Community

Compassion in Community

The 2nd Unitarian Universalist (UU) Principle 
calls on each and everyone 
to have compassion for one another

From Old Turtles to Wise Monkeys, 
where does your compassion come from?

The Word Compassion comes from Latin and means "to suffer together with", perhaps to struggle together with, or to say you have some pains and I have some pains. Your pain might be different then mine but I still see you are a beautiful person. I have COMPASSION for you.

Questions to Ponder with your family and friends:
  • Who do you know that is easy to have compassion for?       How come?
  • Who is it really hard to have compassion for? Why?
  • Does RELIGION have a part to any of this, What is folks of all different religions?

The Taras are a set of Tibetan Buddhist female deities representing compassion
and other benefic traits. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sacred Space

Sacred Space


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sacred means revered due to association with holiness. Holiness, or sanctity, is in general the state of being holy
 (perceived by religious individuals as associated with the divine)[1] or sacred (considered worthy of spiritual 
respect or devotion; or inspiring awe or reverence among believers in a given set of spiritual ideas).[2] 
In other contexts, "objects are often considered 'holy' or 'sacred' if used for spiritual purposes",[3] 
such as the worship or service of gods. These terms can also be used in a non-spiritual or semi-spiritual context 
("sacred truths" in a constitution).[4] It is often ascribed to people ("a holy man" of religious occupation, 
"holy prophet" who is venerated by his followers), objects ("sacred artefact" that is venerated and blessed ),
[5] times ("holy days" of spiritual introspection, such as during winter holidays),[6] or places ("sacred ground", 
"holy place").[7]

Questions to Ponder with your family and friends
  • What does that sacred space look and feel like to you?
  • Where is it?
  • How often do you go?
  • Is Arlington Street Church a sacred space? If so why or why not?