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 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.
New gathering time: 9:15 am. Next gathering: August 5.
The theme for August 5 is “We’re Making Room for Change.”
Choose one or more of the following or make up your own assignment:
- What change in yourself do you need to make room for? Why? How? David O. Rankin’s meditation, “Letting Go” may offer some inspiration. Email Myrna for a copy.
- Why is change so hard? Explain.
- Make two lists of changes that have occurred in your lifetime. Label one list “Good Changes” and the other “Bad Changes.” What are the criteria for each list? Then make a third list headed “Changes I Would Like to See Before I Die.” What are the criteria for that list?
- What would it be like if nothing truly ever changed? Elaborate. Janisse Ray’s “Fire Wings I” and “Fire Wings II” are beautiful poems about change. Email Myrna for a copy.
- Give a specific example of “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”
- What inevitable change in your life do you wish you had made room for? Why? How? Kaaren Solveig Anderson’s “Reluctant Goodbyes” may offer some inspiration. Email Myrna for a copy.
- What signs of change do you see in your own life? Elaborate. “Summer’s End” by David S. Blanchard may inspire you. Email Myrna for a copy.
- How are you making room for change at UUFA?
For more information or for copies of inspirational pieces for this assignment, contact Myrna.