Journeys of Faith is a program in which members of the community speak about their spiritual journey for a few minutes at the beginning of the service.
Given by Steve Costello on September 24, 2017
A few years ago when my wife Eileen and I took the UU History class in anticipation of becoming FRS members, we were asked to bring in an object that symbolized our religious and spiritual background. I brought in an egg. This wasn’t meant to symbolize my soul, nor to illustrate a hard shell that I had built up over years of religious turmoil. I brought the egg because I can still vividly remember the ridiculous number—thousands!—of eggs cooked on the grill for the Easter Sunday Sunrise service at The Hanover Center Congregational Church in New Hampshire where I grew up.
Given by Rob Burnham on June 18, 2017.
I will begin with a reading from the book of Psalms: This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
I was raised in a Congregational Sunday school where Bible readings were common. Over the years, I have become accustomed to morning readings to help guide my thoughts and behavior throughout the day. The Psalm I just read is one of them. I also enjoy the words of Thich Nhat Hanh: “Waking up this morning I smile. 24 new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.”
My family was very involved in church and then it vanished from my life as quickly as my mother who died at age 36. I was eleven and learned families stop going to church when they blame God for loss. I missed assisting at Sunday School, seeing our church friends, and the stained-glass storytelling windows. I was confused: Was it, or wasn’t it a sin to stop attending?
Yvonne McQuilkin gave this Journey of Faith on April 30, 2017.
I’d like to start with a quote that inspired my Journey of Faith:
“Mystery creates wonder, which leads to curiosity, which in turn provides the ground for our desire to understand who we and what we truly are…. So it is best to start at the beginning.”
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