"My Heart Can Take All Forms": The Contemplative Practice of Islamic Universalism - Amer Latif. In the Qur'anic vision of reality, everything in existence, "the sun, the stars, the mountains, the birds spreading their wings," all participate in one religion. Amer Latif will share one of the ways in which Muslim contemplatives have realized this vision and, on this basis, will outline a method of finding common ground among religious traditions.
Life is better for us all if we truly make place for the wisdom and experience that can accompany aging and if we are open, in our hearts, to becoming elders. But what does it take to be a true elder? Bettina Turner will share her Journey of Faith. Today is Soup Sunday—enjoy a selection of soups and chili at tables in the Parish Hall.
When the calendar turns, so much of what we see is advice on improving our personal habits or achieving greater success or better relationships. But after the past year, something deeper is called for. To what are we called collectively in this coming year in our hope to make a difference for the good? What role do our Unitarian Universalist values play in this commitment?
Often "family" is cast in such nostalgic terms that it leaves many of us out. We know that today our understanding of family must be more inclusive than ever, but can it be more holistic as well? Writer Alice Walker offers some insights into the kind of faith it would take. Our service today will include an infant dedication ceremony. In our tradition, the full meaning of dedication includes the congregation dedicating itself to spiritually nurturing a child - our version of "becoming the village," a very extended family of choice - so you, too, are an important part of this favorite Unitarian Universalist ritual.
December, it could be said, is a month for faith. But what is faith for Unitarian Universalists? The most helpful question isn't necessarily, "What do I believe?" but, rather...what? Poet Wendell Berry gives us a helpful entry point to a reflection on a deep experience.