Often the most powerful motives for keeping a promise arises from the guilt or shame of a lesson well learned. Shame is a painful experience and as UUs, avoiding shame is part of our theological history. Does that mean we should exempt ourselves from ever having to face it? Or is it possible to find spiritual wisdom there?
In stormy times, we promise children that things will “be all right”, while prophets often prophesy that things will go wrong. What we promise depends on whose view of the future we listen to, what we hope for, looking ahead, and what we commit to.
The first day of school, the first kiss, the first baby – we place high hopes and expectations on the changes that our firsts, our beginnings, our new starts represent. Yet many times our new starts are foiled by our patterns and expectations. As summer winds to and end and fall brings a new season and new church calendar, we’ll reflect on our power to meet change hopefully and faithfully.
Three women trek from the Sheldon Antelope Refuge in Nevada and end up at the Hart Mountain Refuge in Oregon, coming home with insights into the adaptations of nature, reflections on why they took this journey, and brimming with inspiration on how we all can exercise our citizenship for the betterment of the planet. The presentation will highlight poetry and photos of the desert, speaking to our 7th Principle of Unitarian Universalism that affirms our respect for the interdependent web of all existence.