Developing connections across religious lines can be difficult. How has a play called “Book of Mormon” helped or hurt this cause? No matter what this play sure is educational, hilarious and worthwhile. If we look closely it provides a model for helping us to laugh, cry, and learn about many of the world’s faith traditions. This play helps us see the nuances of shortcomings, care and hope that exist within the majority of important human/divine endeavors.
The world is wracked by we vs. they thinking. Right now Egypt burns with violence and hostility as a result of searing polarities. Here in the United States we know the pains of red states vs. blue states tensions – with many micro red vs. blue factions within the states. Humans have developed factions along the lines of religion, race, class, and the shape of people’s bodies. How can we think more of ourselves as the “we” of the human family? A great way to start is with the “we” of our USG family.
Come celebrate the conclusion of the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. As we acknowledge our personal and communal failures, we are reminded of our responsibility for one another. Join in renewing your heart’s resolve to live rightly with yourself, your loved ones, and the broader community.
Go to school, go to work, do your homework, do your chores, buy a birthday gift for your friend – there sure do seem to be a lot of “should and musts” in our lives. Oh, did I mention go to church? As we begin a new church year let’s pause and ask ourselves why are we doing these things? Can we reflect and feel a deeper purpose in our lives? Can deepening connections at USG empower us to live with greater direction and meaning?
We will be celebrating our annual In-gathering Water Ceremonies at both Worship Services. Please bring water to share from somewhere important where you spent time this summer.
The spiritual theme of the month is deepening connections. This is especially important at a time when many studies show that Americans are significantly disconnected from one another socially and emotionally. Many agree that in order to be connected with one another we need to feel seen, heard, and respected. In order to achieve this we have to pay attention and listen to one another. Today we embrace the sacred sound of “hush”.