“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly embracing each other.”
(Luciano De Crescenzo)
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
(Ralph Waldo Emerson )
“Wholeness,” our worship theme for April, is related etymologically to both “health” and “holy.” Instinctively, we know that when we sense our wholeness, we feel deeply healthy, alive to the world, and connected to ultimate truth.
At the same time, however, we can also sense that our brokenness, the moments of pain and heartbreak that come with loving and losing, supports our wholeness. The more we love and lose – and survive it, ready to love again – the more our wholeness is accomplished, and the more it radiates out from us, lending strength to all around us.
This tension, this paradox, centers our worship experience this month, when we’ll:
- investigate Wholeness, Embodiment, and the notion of Resurrection April 7
- explore the meaning of Palm Sunday with guest preacher Cliff Alburger April 14
- celebrate a joyous multi-generational Easter Sunday April 21.
- honor Earth Day with Green Sanctuary April 28.
In the meantime, to get you started, here are a few questions to consider:
- In what space or place do you feel most whole? How often do you spend time there?
- Who taught you that wholeness does not mean perfection?
- Who helped you with the work of embracing brokenness, rather than trying to fix or hide it? How have you passed on that lesson? Does someone in your life need that lesson now?
In worship this month, we’ll be thinking about the journeys of our lives, both metaphorical and literal. We’ll look at stories of travel and migration and the immigration controversy in the US, plus we’ll embark together on the journey of Stewardship, expressed in how we choose to support our values.
Our Worship Theme for the month of February is Trust. What if the secret path to overcoming our own fears and trusting ourselves? How can we build trust-filled relationships? Here are some encouraging words and resources to help us take those first steps towards trust.
Our worship theme for January is Possibility. Listen for new consciousness bubbling up from within. Is there a word that keeps echoing through your life? Soul Matters suggests that you choose a word to focus on this year, one that will help you discover and welcome your new purpose.
We’ve all experienced it: the mystery of an ordinary moment that suddenly unfolds and offers deep meaning. The everyday becomes luminous. This exercise invites you to remember some of those luminous moments and revisit the gift they gave.
What is your first memory? What is your favorite memento and why? How would you like to be remembered after your death? There are so many ways to go here; the theme is so rich, for all of us.
In the receiving line on Sunday morning, a congregant grasped my hand and leaned in close: “So when will we get our Black Lives Matter banner?” “When we vote on it!” came my reply. Yes, there is a lot of energy at MUUC for going forward with social action goals derived from last year’s focus […]
When your eyes are tired the world is tired also. When your vision has gone, no part of the world can find you. — from “Sweet Darkness,” a poem by David Whyte Our Vision Are your eyes tired? Sometimes I can feel that way, especially when the news is too much, too negative, too sad. […]