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BLESSING

A Soul Matters facilitator writes, “I guess after plan A fails, I need to remember there’s a whole alphabet.”

It’s not just our friend who needs help remembering, “there’s a whole alphabet” out there; it’s all of us. We all get stuck in wanting things a certain way. We all, at times, focus so intently on the few things going wrong that we completely miss the dozens of things that are going right. Tunnel vision too often takes over our days. Click on the title (BLESSING) to continue reading…

CREATION

Creativity is simply our ability to dream things up and make them happen. ~Peggy Taylor

Amen. It is about dreaming and imagination. It is about being able to envision what others haven’t. It is about noticing connections that haven’t been drawn. Even connections between us and the earth, and us and each other. To be a people of creation is indeed to dream the “not yet.
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DESIRE

Is it possible that this month is really about heartbreak? We may be able to indulge some desires without much cost, but we are fooling ourselves if we think we can pursue spiritual desires without suffering a broken heart. The desire for a better world. The hunger for deep connection. The longing to actualize our full potential. Leaning into these desires is to let yourself care deeply for what can’t ever be fully attained. When it comes to the most beautiful and noble of our desires, it’s all about loving and pursuing that which will always be out of reach. Click on the title (DESIRE) to continue reading…

RESISTANCE

Yes, this month’s theme is among the most complex of them all. But it also may be the most simple. The complexity is clear: Sometimes being a people of resistance involves struggle and requires us to disobey; other times it asks us to just be ourselves and not hide who we really are. Sometimes it involves defeating the enemy; other times it is a matter of noticing that treating them as the enemy defeats us all. Click on the title (RESISTANCE) to continue reading…

EXPECTATION

Pray for our expectations to be turned on their heads? Give us tears when we expect to be fed? Give us wild obligations when we expect congratulations? Turn us sideways? You want us to pray for this? Hope for this? That’s a bit nuts! And a bit UU. Click on the title (EXPECTATION) to continue reading…

ANCESTRY

Our faith agrees with Ellison: there is a difference between relatives and ancestors. Relatives give us our brown eyes and bowed legs; ancestors bless and burden us with a legacy. Relatives are those we tell stories about; ancestors call us to carry the story forward. Our relatives allowed us to be here; our ancestors tell us why we are here and why being here right now matters. Click on the title (ANCESTRY) to continue reading…

LETTING GO

We cling. You name it, we’ve wrapped our grasping fingers and anxious hearts around it: success, safety, society’s standards of beauty, personal desires to be accepted, perfectionism, duty, fear, grudges, hurts, hopes, stuff, shame and privilege. Whether the object of our grasping is good or bad is not, as we learn, truly the issue. Click on the title (LETTING GO) to continue reading…

INVITATION

Create a clearing, listen for your song and let it teach you how to give yourself to this world. There is no better description of the religious life than this! And notice that it all begins with invitation, with the deep humility and knowledge that while the song is deeply ours, it also comes from something or somewhere beyond ourselves. Click on the title (INVITATION) to continue reading…