Memories are powerfully important in shaping how we live our lives. It is important that we are intentional in choosing which memories to embrace. Part of the healthy religious life is passing on sacred memories that allow others to open new doors or see new vistas. Let’s all pick at least one important memory this month and intentionally share it with someone in our lives. Don’t underestimate the value of such an action.
Where do you go for inspiration when there seems to be no inspiration? How do you find your center when chaos and negativity seem to prevail? How do you find your way back to the heart of life, of joy, and hope?
Berdine Whedon has been a member of USG since 1994 and in that time has served in many capacities from Sunday School teacher, to leader of Earth Honoring Traditions and Women’s Spirituality groups, to being on the Board of Trustees for four years, including two as President. She finds inspiration from her deep and meaningful relationships in this community and joy from singing with our wonderful choir.
Current leaders in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious are under fire from the Vatican. In its assessment of the group, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the Leadership Conference is undermining Roman Catholic teachings on homosexuality and birth control and promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” In reality these nuns are doing what many of us feel called to do in a country with so many critical issues regarding women’s rights and reproductive justice. They are doing anticipatory leadership with integrity. They are helping people to learn, discern and advocate for justice. Let’s follow those nuns!
That’s what Harvard religion scholar Diana Eck called Unitarian Universalism. But that’s a pretty tall order for a denomination that has not grown in numbers in the past 50 years. So what is it about Unitarian Universalism that makes its future so bright? And how do we get from here to there?
Food and wine writer Sam Gugino has been a member of USG since 2002 and has served the church in a number of capacities. He is most proud of his three-year stint as Membership Chair, two years as Stewardship Chair and three years on the Board of Trustees, the last two as President.