Journeys Of Faith

Introduction

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.

Bruce Deveau's Journey of Faith

Bruce Deveau shared his Journey of Faith on December 3, 2017.

It was nearly 20 years ago, at South Church UU in Portsmouth, and I was sitting in a group led by our minister, Rev. Marta Flanagan. She proposed an exercise. It seemed simple enough. She said, ‘Draw a picture of the God of your youth.’

Uh-oh.

Kim Dowling's Journey of Faith

Kim Dowling shared her Journey of Faith on November 19, 2017.

No one can predict how they are going to react to bad news. In years past whenever I heard tragic news about someone, I’d think, “I can't imagine...” and then would continue on with my invincible life. Until one day, the tragedy happened to me. At the age of 36, with three children under the age of 3, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, which I was told had spread to my spine and for which there was no cure. I would be on chemotherapy for the rest of my life and my life expectancy was only about 2 to 5 years.

Steve Costello's Journey of Faith

Steve CostelloGiven 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. 

Rob Burnham's Journey of Faith

Rob BurnhamGiven 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.”