January 2019: Choose a Word To Spark Possibility

December 17th, 2018

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small people who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.

(Muhammad Ali)

Our worship theme for January is Possibility. What a great choice with which to begin the new year!

In these cold winter months, now that the holidays are over, it’s a fine time to ponder the coming year: Is there a new purpose unfolding in your life? What is your heart calling you to do this year?

Listen for new consciousness bubbling up from within. Is there a word that keeps echoing through your life? Is there a theme you want to explore further?

This month, Soul Matters suggests that you choose a word to focus on this year, one that will help you discover and welcome your new purpose. I feel the word “presence” calling to me, so I’m going with that.

How about you? Let me know how it goes!

Yours in faith, Rev. Susanne

Your Soul Matters Spiritual Exercise for January – The Possibilities in a Word: An Alternative New Year’s Practice

This New Year’s, forget about making a list of resolutions to improve yourself. Instead try out this ancient practice: pick a single word to focus on, one that will help keep you open to new possibilities throughout the year.

There are tons of words to choose from: embrace, listen, home, wholeheartedness, patience, presence, blossom, soar, overcome, treasure, nourish, expect, release, finish, delight, follow, lead. It often helps to ask yourself questions like: What do I need? What do I want? What do I need to focus on? What is in the way?

You will also want to find a way to hold on to your word. Some people put their word on their computer’s screen saver or cellphone’s home screen. Others have drawn their word on rock or made/bought jewelry with the word on it. Creative folks and families have done vision boards or paintings that hung on a wall in their house all year. Whatever your method of choice, this holding on part is key to making the exercise work.

December 2018: Return to an Ordinary Moment of Deep Meaning

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.

November 2018: Remember To Remember

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.

October 2018: Building Team Spirit at MUUC

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 […]

September 2018: Revisiting Our Vision

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. […]

Reflections: April 2018

It may be hard to believe … spring has been so reticent to appear. But appear it will, without our needing to believe it, or coax it, it will come … all of a sudden, the turning, new life emerging and we, astonished once again, may feel the stirrings of our souls.

Reflections: March 2018

The further … we .. widen … our church’s circle of inclusion and concern, the more stable and resilient over time we become. We are reminded in Deuteronomy, we drink from wells we did not dig, eat from vineyards and olive groves we did not plant … Those before us gave, that we might have.