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.

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 December is “Love Calls Us On to Hope.”  Other related terms that might inspire you re “Envision what could be” (waiting, patience, expectation).

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

  1. How do you define “hope”? For inspiration, see Emily Dickinson’s poetic definition at https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/42889/hope-is-the-thing-with-feathers-314.
  2. What is your greatest hope for the rest of this year and/or for 2018? Be specific.
  3. What is your greatest hope for the rest of your life? Be specific.
  4. How do you think “hope” is related to “patience”? Are you a patient person?  Why or why not?
  5. George Washington Carver said, “Where there is no vision, there is no hope.” Describe the vision that gives you hope. Be as concrete as possible.
  6. Desmond Tutu declared, “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” What gives you hope in dark times? Why? How? For further inspiration, see “And the River Flows On,” by Gary A. Kowalski. Email Myrna for a copy.
  7. The writer of the book of Hebrews in the Christian Testament says in chapter 11, verse 11, “Now faith is the assurance that what we hope for will come about and the certainty that what we cannot see exists” (International Standard Version). What do you think is the relationship between faith and hope?

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