Writing as Spiritual Practice
Myrna Adams West facilitates “Writing as Spiritual Practice” first Sundays at 9:15 am in the Interim Conference Room (formerly known as 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.
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.
New gathering time: 9:15 am. Next gathering: June 3.
The theme for June 3 is “Love Calls Us On to Service (Serve/Service to community & world).”
Choose one or more of the following or make up your own assignment:
- How are the following definitions of “service” related? Which one(s) is (are) what you mean by service? Why?
Definitions of “service” from Wikipedia.com:
- Altruism, a principle or practice of caring for the welfare of others
- Community service, volunteer service for the benefit of a community
- Public service, services carried out with the aim of providing a public good
- Selfless service, a service which is performed without any expectation of result or award
- Volunteering, action taken to benefit others for no benefit to the one performing the action
- Wikipedia (See definitions above.) indicates that both “selfless service” and “volunteering” are services which offer no benefit or reward to the one performing the service. Yet millions of people engage in service every day. You are probably one of those people. What do you receive in return for your service to UUFA or to some other organization for which you volunteer? For inspiration, email Myrna for a copy of an excerpt from Serving with Grace by Erik Walker Wikstrom.
- Do you agree with Mahatma Gandhi’s statement: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service to others”? Why or why not? What does serving others teach you about yourself? About others? Why?
- What makes a day meaningful for you? Why? Be specific. For inspiration, see the excerpt from The Book of Joy (Email Myrna for a copy.).
- What and how and by whom were you taught about service to others when you were a child? What would you like to pass on to the next generation about service to others? Why? For inspiration, see the Q&A of Habitat for Humanity CEO Heather Lafferty at https://www.habitat.org/stories/why-community-service-so-important.
- Why do you think Habitat for Humanity requires its homebuyers to “invest hundreds of hours of their own labor, called sweat equity, working alongside volunteers and other Habitat homeowners” (from habitat.org)?
- Make a list of the ways you serve/have served others. Which of these has been the most meaningful for you? Why? How?
- Who has set an example of service that you would like to follow? How? Why? What?
For more information or for copies of inspirational pieces for this assignment, contact Myrna.