Welcome to 2021 Unity Church Family
We start the year with hope that before we know it we can return to our beloved sanctuary. Vaccines and herd immunity will be available, and my hospice believes those of us in community health will be vaccinated in January. My heart will be well relieved knowing I won't be a possible vector of harm to any of you.
Our theme for our January services is spirituality. It can be a nebulous idea, but it relates to our connection to both ourselves and our sense of transcendence. On January 3rd, I will be leading a service titled "Breath and Spirit" where we see the relationship between breathing and spiritual practices including meditative breathing, laughter, and sacred breath being important to our understanding of spirituality. The many ways we breathe impact our feelings, our body, and the way we experience the world.
Our service on January 17 will be titled "Beloved Community/Antiracist Community." Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke often about the Beloved Community. He meant a community where there was love, justice, and equality for all as part of a fundamental human dignity. The power of Beloved Community is a community where there isn't a negative peace - the absence of violence, but rather a positive peace - the presence of justice. Antiracist communities are those communities Unitarian Universalism must work toward creating. Our faith calls on us to effect the change in our larger world to bring about an end to that which divides us and which causes us to be blind to the many ways our world and our own actions do not provide justice and equity to all our siblings.
For January 31st we will explore spirituality with Spiritual Autobiography, finding moments of the sacred in our lives. From Seven Storey Mountain, Confessions, Tuesdays With Morrie, A Grief Observed, and A Circle of Quiet, people have found ways of exploring and encountering the sacred in writing about their own life. We will practice crafting our stories and sharing them with one another to see the work of the transcendent in the midst of our daily living.
I invite you to think of spirituality and ways we can all feel more connected at this time. We will be planning our next book club, where we will be reading "The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World" The book has three main sections, and it is a conversation between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Both have experienced significant struggle and both are full of joy. We would all do well to learn from them for how we respond to our world. Section one will be in February, section two in March, section three in April.
Dr. Andrew Tripp, Coordinator of Ministry