March 2020: Wisdom and Awakening

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.” –Sandra Carey

An image of Sophia, the Wisdom of God personified as female in first-century Christian and Jewish communities

In our 24/7 media world, we are drowning in facts (and pseudo-facts or fake news), and yet starving for wisdom. I saw a comedian quip on TV the other night: “Who would have thought that having all of humanity’s knowledge at our fingertips would have made us dumber?” It sure seems that way sometimes.

What sources of ancient wisdom do you think we UUs should revisit and recover, especially in these turbulent times? How should we balance reverence for those sources with new forms of wisdom emerging today from historically marginalized communities and identities? And how we do also make space in our lives and our worship for quiet, so that we can discover and reconnect to our own intuitive wisdom?

This month as you ponder the place of Wisdom in your life, reflect on how our church has partnered you in this journey. Does living in community challenge your long-held ideas about wisdom? Has it helped you to learn and live out new and different wisdoms?

As always, if you have thoughts to share on this post or topic, feel free to email me at [email protected] Let me know if / how this spiritual exercise stretches you.

Spiritual Exercise (from Soul Matters Small Group Ministry Resources)

Wisdom is a gift. We pass it on to each other like a precious jewel. None of us want others to make the same mistakes we did, so we generously share our advice. In other words, wisdom connects us.

To honor this, we’re invited this month to remember the wisdom we’ve received. To help, we’ve assembled some awesome videos and articles to jog your memory. Here are your instructions:

1. Make time to meditate and reflect on the videos and articles below.

2. Let them take you back in time to the best advice you got from others.

3. Then, out of all those memories (and pieces of advice) pick the one you think is most relevant to you currently. Pick the one your life right now needs you to remember.

Videos on Wisdom

As you watch and listen, ask yourself, “Is any of this advice, the wisdom I need right now?”

1. Best Advice You’ve Received

2. The Most Important Lesson You’ve Learned

3. How to Age Gracefully

4. 12 Truths I Learned from Life by Anne Lamott