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.
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 April is “Transformation.”
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 is “Transformation.”
Choose one or more of the following or make up your own assignment:
- If you could be totally transformed, what would you choose to be formed into?
- In 1984 the American toy company Hasbro introduced a toy line called “The Transformers.” “The premise behind the Transformers toyline is that an individual toy’s parts can be shifted about to change it from a vehicle, a device, or an animal, to a robot action figure and back again. The taglines “More Than Meets The Eye” and “Robots In Disguise” reflect this ability. . . . . The Transformers toyline is typically divided into two main factions: the heroic Autobots and their opponents, the evil Decepticons.” If you were a Transformer, what would you transform into? What would you transform from? Why? For more, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformers_(toy_line) or www.transformers.hasbro.com. Also see Billy Collins’ poem “The Idea of Natural History at Key West.” Email Myrna for a copy.
- Have you ever had a transformational experience? When? Where? Why? What precipitated it? How did it happen? Explain.
- Has someone you know gone through a transformation of some sort? Explain. How did the change in that person affect you? Why?
- Is there someone or something that you would like to totally transform? Who? What? Why? How?
- What is the difference in “transformation” and “change”? Are you afraid of either or both? Why?
- How do you think the transformation of UUFA’s building will affect you? How will it affect others? Why?
- Do you think the United States is experiencing a transformation now? If so, in what way? What do you think the U.S. will be like once the transformation is complete?
- How has aging transformed you? Describe and explain. See David O. Rankin’s essay, “Aging,” for inspiration. Billy Collins’ poem, “The Idea of Natural History at Key West,” might give you a different kind of inspiration. Email Myrna for copies.
- Nature is, perhaps, the most adept at transformation. Describe a natural transformation that you have experienced, witnessed, or been moved by. See Ric Masten’s poem, “The Caterpillar and the Butterfly,” below, and Janisse Ray’s poem, “Fire- Wings II,” for inspiration. Email Myrna for a copy.
For more information or for copies of inspirational pieces for this assignment, contact Myrna.