We make space for prayer and meditation in our Sunday worship, but prayer is also an individual spiritual practice for some. Prayers come in many types, and for Unitarian Universalists “praying” has many forms and meanings.
Dance and other forms of movement can be a spiritual practice. Yoga explicitly is about joining the mind and body and the individual and the divine (the word “yoga” has the same root as the English work “yoke”). Tai Chi does the same. And for some, running a marathon, or lifting weights can have the same spiritual result.
Many religions include a spiritual practice around eating a communal meal (The Eucharist, the Passover Seder) or not eating (fasting for Ramadan, Yom Kippur, or Lent). Eating together at a church potluck, or being mindful of the ethics of what we eat are common ways Unitarian Universalists participate in this spiritual practice.
Oncology chaplain and popular guest speaker, Michael Eselun will share some deeply personal reflections about junior high school– a pivotal and often painful time that leaves indelible memories for many of us. In dialogue with some of those 13-year-old’s perceptions, what might be discovered about inherent worth, dignity and compassion?
Michael Eselun, BCC, serves as the oncology chaplain for the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology.
Making music is a powerful form of spiritual practice for many. In church, Unitarian Universalists sing hymns, sing in the choir, play an instrument, clap hands. Communal music making illustrates the fundamental spiritual principle of individuals working together to create something of beauty and joy greater than what they can create alone.
The most familiar form of spiritual practice for most Unitarian Universalists is our Sunday gathering: our communal practice of joining in worship. Our form of worship, inherited from the Protestant Christian tradition emphasizes the word, other forms of worship practice include ritual and participating in the sacraments
How do you get to Carnegie Hall? The same way that you achieve any big goal in life, including spiritual goals. For the Ingathering service of our 2019-2020 church year we introduce the theme for our fall: a look at the forms of spiritual practice, in spiritual community, individually, and publicly.
Most Unitarian Universalists struggle with this question. Do you believe in God? Or not? Seems like a straightforward question. But it isn’t. It hides questions within questions. Seems to me there is no final, for-all-times answer.
Some government programs are set up as a right, meaning everybody gets it for free, like public school. Other programs are set up as a charity, like food or housing, where, if you can’t afford it (and qualify) the government will provide assistance. Do people have a right to healthcare? Is free college a right even for people who can afford to pay?
Death is a fact of life, the final fact, you might say. Linda Banez-Kay bought a sermon from me at last year’s Service Auction and she asked me to help the congregation think about and prepare for death. There is much to consider: spiritually, emotionally, practical considerations, and the consequences of our death for the people and the world we leave behind.