Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m., Sharing Circle — Grace
“I know more about grace than I did two weeks ago. For instance, that Auden was right when he wrote, ‘I know nothing, except what everyone knows—if there when Grace dances, I should dance.’ … I understand that Auden meant grace in the theological sense, meant it as the force that infuses our lives and keeps letting us off the hook. It is unearned love—the love that goes before, that greets us on the way. It’s the help you receive when you have no bright ideas left, when you are empty and desperate and have discovered that your best thinking and most charming charm have failed you. Grace is the light or electricity or juice or breeze that takes you from that isolated place and puts you with others who are as startled and embarrassed and eventually grateful as you are to be there…. I do not at all understand the mystery of grace—only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us. It can be received gladly or grudgingly, in big gulps or in tiny tastes, like a deer at the salt.” From Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott
First for our consideration and sharing: Share a life experience that could be described as a grace-filled moment.
Second Consideration: What experiences lead you to be thankful for life? –OR– What experiences of letting go, letting be, being open, just trusting, have you had?
Sunday, April 29, 11 a.m., Fifth Sunday Forum: Thirsty for Justice – UU’s & Water
Join us as we explore, through videos and discussion, water—as the sacred source of life and a basic human right. We’ll also look at water as a Taos “treasure and trauma,” cultural traditions surrounding water, and the coming water crisis.
Love is a word we use a lot in Unitarian Universalism. We “Side with Love.” We speak of Beloved Community. We sing that “Love Will Guide Us.” But “love” is an ambiguous word with many meanings in different contexts. What do we mean when we talk about love?
Sunday, May 13, 11 a.m., Sharing Circle — Inner Peace
Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m., The Theology of Mister Rogers, The Rev. Gary Kowalski
The calendar may say Mother’s Day, but few parental figures of the last 50 years have had a larger, more lasting impact on the lives of children, or cared more for their spiritual growth, than Fred Rogers, whose Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood debuted on public television half a century ago. Though far from being the stereotypical “TV evangelist,” Rogers was in fact an ordained Presbyterian minister — a graduate of the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary — and his vocation came closer to being a pastor and counselor than showman or entertainer. Gary will offer an appreciation of a remarkable personality who seemed to radiate the same goodwill, empathy and integrity whether on or off camera.
Sunday, May 27, 11 a.m., Sharing Circle — Intuition
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