Everyone has a religion – a set of practices that help us embrace and live with mystery; a way of life that gives meaning in the midst of so many uncertainties and questions. Americans seem to be turning away from religion as we have known it. In my sermon on December 16, 2018, I asked if politics had become the new religion in America, and I asserted that politics are not sufficient!
We are fortunate that Unitarian Universalism is a religion that is free from dogma. We are a living, breathing, thriving, adaptive tradition. We are a great alternative for Americans who have lost faith in “thou shalts and shalt nots” but still crave community,enjoy singing with others, and want to think deeply about morality and the big questions of life.
Unitarian Universalism is based on covenant – a promise to stick together as we each search for truth and meaning. It’s a religion based on connection – to our true selves, each other, those marginalized in our society, the Earth, and the Divine however you experience it.
What about the practices? What are your set of practices to connect and find meaning? Stay tuned for an Adult Religious Exploration offering that allows us the opportunity to build those practices together. I’m sensing that folks have a hard time committing to multiple sessions, so I hope to develop the program such that each session is independent, but together they build for those who want a comprehensive experience of deepening faith over the period of a year.
For now, I want to offer a sample practice: Start a Journal
I invite you to treat yourself to a journal of some kind. You can make it out of recycled paper and some staples, or you can visit a paper or book store to buy one. Grab your favorite pen, and begin to journal a little bit each day. Write down what you notice about yourself, your dreams, nature, things that happen in the day. In particular, journal about the synchronicities that occur in your life. Have you ever learned a new word or concept and then suddenly you hear it or see it everywhere? Carl Jung developed the concept of synchronicity which holds that events are “meaningful coincidences” if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related. When you experience a synchronicity, write it down. You will have a blast when you look back after six months or so.
So glad we are on the journey together.
PS – When I mention an article or book in a sermon, I link to it here: http://uuchurchofboulder.org/kellys-reading-list/. That way you can explore if you would like!