Writing as Spiritual Practice

Writing as Spiritual Practice will meet December 4 at 9:00 am in the sofa room behind the sanctuary. To find out more about this Stepping Stone, go to http://uuathensga.org/education/adult-education/writing-as-spiritual-practice/, or contact Myrna Adams West, the Lay Minister for Spiritual Arts at spiritualarts@uuathensga.org. Below are some suggested prompts for writing on the December theme of “Illumination.” Everyone is welcome.

Assignment for December 4, 2016 at 9:00 am:

Choose one or more of the following or make up your own assignment:
1. Who—or what—brings illumination to your life? How? Why? When?
2. Make a list of as many illuminators of all types as you can think of. Be creative in your thinking. What, besides shedding light, do they have in common?
3. What in your life could use a little illumination? What are you afraid to look at in bright light? What about your life have you avoided bringing out into the light for a while?
4. What are you hoping or anticipating will be illuminated in the near future? Why? Who or what do you think will do the illuminating? How? See “A Thousand Mornings” by Mary Oliver (email Myrna for a copy) for inspiration.
5. What in your life cannot bear any further illumination? Why? See Billy Collins’ poem “Four-Moon Planet” (email Myrna for a copy) for some inspiration.
6. All the great religions of the world celebrate light in this season. What is it about the darkness of winter that makes us want to celebrate the return of the light? See Meg Barnhouse’s essay, “Time for Darkness” (email Myrna for a copy).
7. What does science or religion or literature or music illuminate for you that you otherwise might miss? Explain why this is so. Be as specific as possible.
8. What can you illuminate for someone else? How? When?
9. The opening sentence of UUFA’s vision statement says that we want “to be a beacon of liberal religion and spirituality in Northeast Georgia.” What must we, as a congregation, illuminate for ourselves before we can fulfill this vision? Why? How?