Writing as Spiritual Practice
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: October 7.
The theme for October 7 is “We’re Making Room for Mystery.”
Choose one or more of the following or make up your own assignment:
- What’s the BIG mystery? How can you make room for it?
- What mystery have you been trying to solve in your own life? Why? How?
- Do you like to read mystery novels? Why or why not?
- What great mystery are you a part of? Explain.
- We sometimes sing the chant, “Mystery. Mystery. Life is a riddle and a mystery.” In what way do you think “Life is a riddle and a mystery”? Explain.
- What mystery from your childhood—personal, family, community, national, international—has never been solved? What makes it important to you? See Marian Carcache’s story for some inspiration. (Email Myrna for a copy.)
- What former mystery—from your childhood, from history, real or imagined—do you wish had never been solved? Why?
- Is there a place, a painting, a poem, a song, a story, that speaks to you of mystery? What is it? What does it say? Why does it speak to you? See Mary Oliver’s poem, “Franz Marc’s Blue Horses,” for some inspiration. (Email Myrna for a copy.)
For more information or for copies of inspirational pieces for this assignment, contact Myrna.