Writing as Spiritual Practice
Please note: Writing as Spiritual Practice will meet at 9:15 am June 4-August 6.
Lay Minister, Emerita, Myrna Adams West, facilitates “Writing as Spiritual Practice” first Sundays at 9:15 am in the couch room near Rev. Alison’s office. This group offers an opportunity to explore spiritual expression through various genres.
Rev. Alison said in her sermon “Going Beyond, Going Within,” and I’m paraphrasing here, spiritual practice takes one outside of self or within self. It transcends the everyday attempts to put into words that which cannot be named or spoken. It is communication–pick one or more or make up your own word–with God or self or nature or the universe. When we engage in spiritual practice, we go beyond self-interest and give self away. Join us.
The yearly theme for 2016-2017 is “Expanding Our Vision Here & Beyond.” The theme for June is “Adventure.”
Each Sunday the topic for the worship services will relate to that month’s theme, not as a series, but just another angle on a subject to deepen the exploration of that particular theme. The suggested prompts for Writing as Spiritual Practice assignments will follow the monthly worship themes.
The theme for June 4 is “Adventure.”
Choose one or more of the following or make up your own assignment:
- What is your definition of “adventure”? Be specific, concrete, and creative.
- What is the most adventurous thing you have ever done? Describe it.
- If time, money, skill, etc. were unlimited, what adventure would you embark upon immediately? Why?
- Name an adventurer—living or dead—that you admire. Why do you admire this adventurer? Would you like to adventure with this person? Why or why not? If yes, where would you like to go and what would you like to do with this person? Why?
- What are your excuses for not going on adventures? Make a list. See “Starley Travels Difficult” by Jennifer Bosveld for inspiration. (Email Myrna for a copy.)
- Describe an ordinary place, occurrence, activity, or experience so that it seems exotic and/or adventurous for someone who has never experienced it. See Janisse Ray’s poem, “On Traveling” for inspiration. (Email Myrna for a copy.)
- What adventure, accidentally or intentionally embarked upon, do you wish you had not experienced? Why?
- Recall a childhood adventure in as much detail as possible. Does it seem as adventurous from this time and age as it did at that time and age? Why or why not?
- Why do you think adventurers adventure? Is it an inherited trait? Or does one learn it?
- Do you have adventurers in your family? Who are they? Did you inherit their spirit?
- Does an adventure have to be big and grandiose? Why or why not?
For more information or for copies of inspirational pieces for this assignment, contact Myrna.