Life is a pilgrimage and none of us gets a road map that tells us which path to walk. Unitarian Universalism looks to six sources for inspiration as we seek to walk our pilgrim’s way. In this series, we will explore those six sources and how they can inform our journeys, roads and pathways of life. We will make our “way” together through this exploration. The movie “The Way” accompanies us as our modern-day inspiration to live the life we’ve been given to the fullest.
Minister Emerita, Rev. Dr. Ellen Johnson-Fay starts off the series with a look at the first source: Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces that create and uphold life. Join us as we explore how we are each free to find the mystery in our lives, the transcendence that isn’t bound in sacred texts or hymnals but roams freely in our world.
Rev. Rost will explore how the words and deeds of prophetic women and men challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion and the transforming power of love. When the road is blocked with barricades of injustice, these powerful guides show us the way around to justice and truth.
Throughout all of history, people of every age have sought to navigate their world with different myth and stories of how we came to be, why there is evil in the world, and what happens when we die. In the service, Rev. Rost will show us how the wisdom from the world’s religions can inspire us in our ethical and spiritual life.
Though many of us have travelled far from our beginnings, our roots as a faith tradition and in many of our lives are deep within the foundation of Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves. In this service, community minister, Rev. Roger Butts, will explore how these ancient ways still can speak to us today.
Rev. Rost will share how humanist teachings counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against the idolatries of the mind and spirit.
This final source—Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature—takes us all the way home to Mother Earth, reminding us of our deep need to be connected with nature in order to step mindfully on this earth. Of course, this is the perfect day to celebrate the Blessing of the Animals! During the service Rev. Rost will bless our furry, feathered, scaly friends. There will be a special section for those who are allergic to animals.