The philosopher Blaise Pascal wrote, “In difficult times, carry something beautiful in your heart.”
Like the photos in a soldier’s pocket or a prisoner with a dried flower, we need to keep beauty close, especially in times that try our souls. Do you have a special object or image that grounds you? Maybe it’s a stone or a shell, a poem or a memory of a special place.
Beauty holds us, strengthens us, empowers us. Beauty shows us that the universe was meant for us, to notice and appreciate and enjoy. When all else fails, when things fall apart, we can call up beauty and remember.
As a spiritual exercise this month, spend some time thinking about a source of beauty that sustains you. And then pick one action that will help you carry it with you in a more consistent way.
In Worship this June:
June 2: Explore Beauty with Rev. Susanne
June 9: Multi-generational Flower Communion, our last service of the year in the Sanctuary. Bring a flower!
June 16: End-of-year picnic at Greenwood Park, Stoneham
“Curiosity” is our worship theme for May, and, I must admit, it’s one of those “hiding in plain sight” concepts that I’d never taken the time to ponder. And yet, it’s everywhere, part of every human achievement, and it’s absolutely elemental to our faith tradition.
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.
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. […]