Myrna Adams West facilitates “Writing as Spiritual Practice” first Sundays at 9:15 am. Due to the current remodeling of the Administration Wing, the usual meeting space is not available until further notice. Myrna will post and send a notice of the location for the October meeting. 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.  

Overarching Theme for 2018-2019 Program Year:  We’re Making Room for . . . 

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.

Gathering time: 9:15 am. Next gathering: December 2 in the new Conference Room.

The theme for December 2 is “We’re Making Room for Generations.”

Choose one or more of the following or make up your own assignment:

  1. What generation do you identify with? Why? How does it differ from the generation before it and/or after it? See the list of generations and their respective years at here.
  2. What did you learn about your family from older relatives? What did they not tell you that you wish they had? What are you teaching the youngsters in your family? What are you not telling them? Why?
  3. What memories of your childhood/teen years/and/or young adulthood, does listening to music from your generation bring up? Why? How do these memories make you feel? See the YouTube video, here, for a song by The Who and visuals from the 1970s that bring up a lot of memories for some of us.
  4. What can your generation teach the younger generation? What can your generation learn from the younger generation? Be specific.
  5. How, when, where, why was the generation gap most apparent in your childhood? Explain. Mary Oliver’s poem, “To Be Human Is to Sing Your Own Song,” may provide some inspiration. Email Myrna for a copy.
  6. Make a list of the important things you learned from the older generation. What makes them important? Are any of these things that you are passing on to the next generation? Why or why not? See the excerpt from Robert Fulghum’s book It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It for some inspiration. Email Myrna for a copy.
  7. As a parent, teacher, neighbor, older sibling or other relative, what important life lesson have you been called on to teach a younger person? How did you go about that process? How successful were you? Why was this lesson important to you and/or the younger person? See Meg Barnhouse’s essay, “Cussing” for some inspiration. Email Myrna for a copy.
  8. How many generations can you identify as being active in UUFA? How do you think these generations get along/work together? What can we do to make more room for the younger generations?

For more information or for copies of inspirational pieces for this assignment, contact Myrna.