Writing as Spiritual Practice
Lay Minister, Emerita, Myrna Adams West, facilitates “Writing as Spiritual Practice” first Sundays at 9:00 am in the couch room near Rev. Alison’s office. This group offers an opportunity to explore spiritual expression through various genres.
Please note: The Couch (Sofa) Room is currently masquerading as the Conference Room while the building is undergoing remodeling. The conference table and chairs from the office have replaced the sofas. We are meeting around the table. Join us!!
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 on December 3.
Overarching Theme for 2017-2018 Program Year: Love Calls Us On
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 April 1 is “Love Calls Us On to Be in Relationship.”
Choose one or more of the following or make up your own assignment:
- When you think about “relationship,” what do you mean? Is there a qualifier (good, bad, happy, difficult) included in your definition? Why or why not?
- Make a list of your current relationships. Include animal, spirit, and mineral relationships. By each one, state in two or three words why you are in that relationship or what the relationship means to you.
- With whom is your oldest or longest-lasting relationship (romantic or otherwise)? What has held this relationship together through the years? Why?
- Write about a time when you wanted a relationship with someone who did not want a relationship with you. How did that make you feel? What kept you apart?
- Are long-distance relationships (romantic or otherwise) possible for you? Why or why not?
- Write about a relationship that fell apart. What created the breach? Could the breach have been prevented? Why or why not? How?
- Carl Jung said: “The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.” Describe the most transformative relationship you have experienced.
- How would you characterize your relationship with your parents or the person(s) who raised you? Explain. For inspiration, see Mary Oliver’s poem “To Be Human Is to Sing Your Own Song,” (email Myrna for a copy).
- What is your relationship to Unitarian Universalism and/or the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens? Or to some other community? See the excerpt from “Joy Practices,” in The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (with Douglas Abrams), (email Myrna for a copy), for some inspiration.
- What do you think it takes to build a good relationship with others? See “My Bear Who Loved Me” by Meg Barnhouse, (email Myrna for a copy), for inspiration.
For more information or for copies of inspirational pieces for this assignment, contact Myrna.