New York Times writer David Brooks wrote a fascinating book entitled “The Social Animal.” Brooks argues convincingly that there are two levels of the mind, one unconscious and the other conscious. The first is much more important than the second in determining how we live our lives. Brooks argues that “non-deliberate emotion, perception and intuition are much more important in shaping our lives than reason and will.” If he is correct – even partially – what does it mean for our religious life?
Our hearts are broken again with the outbreak of senseless violence in our nation. Every day, violence plagues our nation in the form of guns, knives and other attacks. This time the bombings in Boston crush our hearts with sorrow and grief.
We send our love to the people of Boston who were affected by this cowardly attack on innocent people. Throughout the days to come I encourage all of us to meditate, pray, or engage in any spiritual practices, which can create peace in our hearts and our world.
During our Sunday morning service instead of my previously scheduled sermon I will reflect briefly on the situation and then as a community we will spend time in a Quaker style meeting for silence and reflection.
I recently came out of the closet. I am an atheist. It’s been a long road from devout Roman Catholic to atheist. But being a Unitarian Universalist helped me get here.
A former chef and restaurant critic, food and wine writer Sam Gugino is a contributing editor and columnist for Wine Spectator magazine and blogs at samcooks.com. He has been a member of USG since 2002 and has served the church in a number of capacities including three years as Membership Chair, three years on the Board of Trustees, the last two as president, and two years chairing the Stewardship Committee.
The great poet Hafiz asks: “What happens when your soul awakens your eyes, heart and the cells of your body to the Journey of Love?” The Unitarian Society of Germantown helps us to awaken to the journey of love. On this Pledge Campaign Sunday we will celebrate all the ways our ministries and programs awaken our hearts and souls to the bounty of life. In the words of Hafiz we will also claim “our deep need to love and serve the friend”, and the congregation.