Sunday 13 Nov 2011

Loving-Kindness

Chalice Lighting

We light this candle as a symbol of our faith.
By its light may our vision be illumined;
By its warmth may our fellowship be encouraged;
And by its flame may our yearnings for peace, justice and the life of the spirit be enkindled.

UU Principles

Readings

What I eventually came around to in building my own theology and practice was to look at those things which all the religions of the world have in common. I think the first of these is loving-kindness.

The first principle that Unitarian Universalist congregations have agreed upon is

The inherent worth and dignity of every person;

and the second is

Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;

Being UU, and the product of many discussions, committee meetings, and votes, those are rather dry.

Coming from a Judeo-Christian culture, we are familiar with Jesus’ “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”

Hinduism says
What sort of religion can it be without compassion?
You need to show compassion to all living beings.
Compassion is the root of all religious faiths.

11.Hinduism. Basavanna, Vachana 247

Islam says
A man once asked the Prophet what was the best thing in Islam, and the latter replied, “It is to feed the hungry and to give the greeting of peace both to those one knows and to those one does not know.”

21.Islam. Hadith of Bukhari

My favorite may be from Jainism

“Have benevolence towards all living beings, joy at the sight of the virtuous, compassion and sympathy for the afflicted, and tolerance towards the indolent and ill-behaved. ”

Jainism. Tattvarthasutra 7.11

The Rabbi’s Gift – from The Different Drum by Scott Peck

Discussion

Faith is not making religious-sounding noises in the daytime. It is asking your inmost questions at night – and then getting up and going to work.
– Mary Jean Irion

Metta Sutra

Metta Meditation Instructions

Joys, Concerns, Sharing


Service leader
Lisa deGruyter