“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh
This Sunday, John Hall will give a lesson entitled, “Mindfulness: Being Aware of Ourselves”
We are forgoing meeting in person during the coronavirus epidemic. We share music, readings, and hymns, on our usual presentation slides, have a story and a talk, and share joys and sorrows, as well as a virtual “coffee hour” discussion, starting at 10:30, with the service at 11. If you prefer not to be seen, video is optional. If you would like to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and a link, or for help with using Zoom.
We would love to have you worship with us!
If you are a regular attendee, we have added you to our Google Group if we had an email address. If you have not gotten a group email already, please email email@example.com so that we can add you to the group, which we will be using for staying in touch with each other during this time. Public announcements will continue to be posted here on the website and on our Facebook page and Twitter account, as usual.
“If your love for me requires that I hide parts of who I am, then you don’t love me. Love is never a request for silence.” – DeRay Mckesson
Night of Martyrs, Dawn of Hope by Susan Manker-Seale
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul.” — Dieter F. Uchtdor
How Poets Pray by Angela Herrera
Chalica is a week long holiday celebrating the Seven UU Principles. It is a time of reflection, community, and living our faith.
Here are some ways to help you celebrate.
Marginal Wisdom by Leslie Takahashi
A thought to Ponder:
The adult version of this principle states we accept one another. Who do you have a hard time accepting?
Yellow picture credit to Kris Nobis Cervantes.
Merriam Webster defines mercy as compassion or forbearanc; lenient or compassionate treatment; a blessing that is an act of divine favor or compassion; a fortunate circumstance; or compassionate treatment of those in distress.
In “Seeking Mercy, Seeking Home” Rev. Erika A. Hewitt discusses immigration and mercy.
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Merriam Webster defines focus as
a point of concentration, directed attention, or a state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding.
Focus by Erin Elizabeth Casey
Day 2: What Technology are you grateful for?
Sometimes we can feel weird about technology and wonder if it is good or bad. Anne Welsbacher does just that in her sermon The Tao of Ipod, perhaps it can help us all come to a better relationship with our technology.
In the month of November people tend to focus on gratitude and thankfulness. While this should be a practice all year, Thanksgiving makes November an easy target. This November we are going to do a gratitude challenge. We hope you will join us.
Today’s question is what smell are you grateful for today?
Here is a meditation from Braver/Wiser called Petrichor by Alex Haider-Winnett.
We’re sorry we missed you, but if you’d like to know what we did in church today, August 12, 2018, the full service is up here.
Prelude: “By Your Grace – Jai Gurudev” by Krishna Das
Welcome: Call from Beyond By Susan Maginn
Welcome Song: #361 Enter Rejoice and Come In
Chalice Lighting: Come, yet again, come By Anne Slater
Song: Come, Come Whoever You Are
Offering and Response (Unison)
For the gifts which we have received—and the gifts which we, ourselves, are—may we be truly grateful. Yet more than that, may we be committed to using these gifts to make a difference in the world: to increase love and justice; to decrease hatred and oppression; to expand beloved community; to share, and to keep sharing, as long as ever we can. Amen.
Lesson Part 1 : Why Meditate?
If you google, Why Meditate, you will get a lot of answers, from a lot of places. The same is true if you were to Google, benefits of meditation.
Meditation helps reduce stress and therefore helps to reduce anxiety and raise productivity.
Meditation helps you focus.
Meditation opens up your mind to new possibilities.
Meditation can help you sleep better.
Meditation increases a sense of connection to yourself and to others.
Meditation increases our ability to get out there and connect with others as a result of feeling more connected to ourselves and clearer and more confident about what is happening inside us.
Video from the Dalai Lama