The Fourth Principle of Unitarian Universalism calls on us to engage in a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” This Sunday we will consider what exactly that means. Robert Helfer will lead the service.
Our services are Sundays at 11 a.m. at the Progressive Women’s Association Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave. in downtown Clarksburg, behind the Courthouse. There is religious education children and adults 10 to 10:45 am, and a coffee gathering before the service. More about us.
We would love to have you come worship with us.
During the 10 o’clock hour we will be discussing “Faithful Stubbornness” and the Response in Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry as part of our Life Long Learning.
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 are activities available for toddlers during the service.
The building is wheelchair accessible, with an accessible restroom. You may park on the south side of the building, which is marked reserved for the PWA.
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
For each day of Chalica we will offer activities, some are fun and some are more reflecting, a chalice lighting, and a meditation. Gather everyone together, light the chalice, and breathe into the principles with us each day.
- Find answers to questions in your family question box or find the answer to a question you have wanted to learn for a long time.
- Go the whole day without lying (no white lies, answer honestly when people ask how you are, no lies of convenience).
- Unitarian Universalism is a very long name, and not many people know much about it. Create an elevator, or playground, speech so you can tell people what it means to be a UU in one minute or less.
- Check out a podcast like The Pamphlet or The VUU to learn some history or about something going on in the UU movement at the moment.
- Do a science experiment.
- Write a journal entry with your thoughts on truth and meaning. What does it mean to search for them? What is a free and responsible search?
- Walk a labyrinth or do a virtual labyrinth meditation
Chalice Lighting: (If you don’t have a chalice at home, remember that the point of a chalice is that it is a symbol so any candle will work.)
The Meaning of the Chalice By Martha Kirby Capo
For some, the chalice cup is a communion cup, freely offered to all who would seek the greater Truth. Others see the circle of fellowship in its embracing sides. The sacred hoop of its rim, the ambient energy cradled in its basin, the abiding, grounded strength of its pedestal: may all be lit by the fire of spiritual integrity; so too may we each be bathed in the glow of our shared Truth, multifaceted and radiant.
Meditation: Today there are two meditations.
Hide and Seek with God by Mary Anne Moore
Try to Love the Questions Themselves by Rainer Maria Rilke
Here is a Music Meditation for you. It is “I Know This Rose Will Open” performed by the Clarence High School Treble Choir
There is a Unitarian Universalist Book club on GoodReads. It is called Justice and Spirit. There are UUs from all over reading and talking about books. This can help us all learn and and grow together while we search for truth and meaning in our world.
From the UUA “The September pick for the Justice and Spirit: Unitarian Universalist Book Club is “Cultivating Empathy: The Worth and Dignity of Every Person—Without Exception” by Nathan C. Walker. “This emotionally honest and personal exploration of conflict introduces a creative and compassionate way to develop empathetic responses using the spiritual practice of the moral imagination.” Order your copy of this Skinner House title from inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop, and join the conversation with the book club on GoodReads.”
Have fun reading.
There has been a big debate about respecting other people’s ideas on social media lately. The election cycle seems to bring out both the best and worst in people.
I have a few things to say on the issue.
1) We don’t have to respect other people’s beliefs and ideas.
2) We do have to respect people for who they are.
3) Sometimes it is hard to do, but we have to try.
4) When we hold other people’s beliefs and see where they are coming from it can help us respect other and grow together in learning and searching for what is true.
This sermon from October 18, 2015 talks about how to do just those things.
Here is a link to the podcast and a link to the First UU of Austin page which has a transcript and a video of the sermon.
Hope you enjoy and are inspired.
[First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin] Dialogue with conservatives => http://podplayer.net/#/?id=8244801 via @PodcastAddict