Religion is going through an upheaval, and society today is in chaos. Whether this is good or bad depends on the angle we see this from, and our guiding values for life. Is this a time of rich, creative opportunity or of chaos and breakdown? Do we try to control our destiny, give up and hope for the best? Or do we deploy our sacred curiosity and belief in Creation to discover new possibilities? Let’s set the stage for the afternoon’s adventure in our third mission renewal session.
In Hamlet, Polonius advises his son Laertes, "And this above all else, to thine own self be true; and then it follows, as night the day, thou canst not be false to any man." The idea of being true is embedded in our seven principles and being true to oneself is the greatest of spiritual struggles, to wit the experience of LGBTQ people. Living in community requires compromise and what’s true can change with time. What does it mean for you in the year 2016?
With many of us new to Central Oregon, new to UUFCO, or new to Unitarian Universalism, we are in a big learning curve as a community. There is anticipation in the air about how we will serve – what culture and programming do we want to create for people who arrive looking for our message? And how will we serve the larger community? What prophetic risks and/or work will this congregation undertake in the decade to come? Let’s explore some possibilities in anticipation of the all-congregational workshop on January 31.
This week's Torah reading, including the first of the ten plagues in Egypt, introduces the notion of Pharoah's hardened heart. What can we learn about the many variables in our life situations that allow us all too often to compromise our integrity?
It’s not unusual to hear talk about taking up a “spiritual practice”— a focused way to bring meaning, depth, integrity into our lives. Even practicing generosity can open up pathways to compassion, connection and joy. From the Hindu scriptures: “Do you sense the vast creative power of the universe? The power that creates all things, sustains all things, and claims them all in the end? Well, you don’t have to bow down or feel insignificant, because you are part of that power. You are part of the infinite and the eternal, just as you are.”