“True atonement isn’t the periodic shaving of karmic stubble via confessional; it requires deep, truthful change. It means doing the hardest thing of all: not making the same stupid mistake again.” – Ben Dolnick
This Sunday Cricket will explore atonement as a spiritual practice.
We would love to have you come worship with us.
Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. There are classes for children and adults 10 to 10:45 am, and a coffee gathering before the service. More about us.
Classes and worship are replaced by Spiritual Outings on the first Sunday of each month during the summer, with brief worship, a potluck picnic, and outdoor activities. The schedule is in the sidebar.
Children are welcome. There is childcare and an activity for young children during the service.
The building is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible restroom.
The schedule for the current adult religious education class is here.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact form for more information
or write to us at PO Box 523, Clarksburg WV 26302
The dictionary defines acceptance as a) the action or process of being received as adequate or suitable, typically to be admitted into a group and b) the action of consenting to receive or undertake something offered.
“There’s my Temple” is an affirmation about acceptance from Ma Theresa Gustilo Gallardo.
“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.”
“Smart people learn from their mistakes. But the real sharp ones learn from the mistakes of others.”
“All men make mistakes, but a good man yields when he knows his course is wrong, and repairs the evil. The only crime is pride.”
“At an early age I learned that people make mistakes, and you have to decide if their mistakes are bigger than your love for them.”
― The Hate U Give
Here is “A Blessing for Risk-Takers and Failures” by Robin Tanner
The dictionary defines resilience as a) the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness and b) the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.
In her reflection, “Come to Church Anyway!” Victoria Weinstein discusses that we should always show up. Sometimes showing up requires resilience.
This song is about resilience.
Struggle is a hard word to sit with. Many of us were taught that struggle meant we werr doing something wrong. Many of us struggle daily. Many of us have only known struggle. Many of us cause our own struggle.
According to Merriam Webster, struggle is a) to make strenuous or violent efforts in the face of difficulties or opposition and b) to proceed with difficulty or with great effort.
The Struggle Continues By Israel Buffardi is a reminder that struggling doesn’t mean we are weak and that we still have a way to go.
Often, we struggle because we want everything to be just so. This story from Quest for Meaning by Rev. Lynn Unger tells of the danger of this.
Merriam Webster defines bravery as the quality or state of having or showing mental or moral strength to face danger, fear, or difficulty and as showy display.
I could think of nothing that exemplifies both of those definitions more than Pride. So for today’s words, I have chosen For Pride by Lois Van Leer.