February 8 – Considering Race

Prayer by Stephen Shick Spirit of Life, God of history and god of nature, you seem to merge and flow in me, granting me the power to be planted here and the energy to grow with hope. History, for all its pain and trials, has bestowed

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March 8 “Serving Life as We Grow”

READING DEEPAK CHOPRA, American physician who grew up Hindu, and now has a spiritual guidance empire. Our reading is from his first 2015 book, The Future of God. Humans, as individuals and collectively, have always created the god we needed for our evolution. These days, God

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January 25, 2015 – Talking about Race Relations

Prayer by Stephen Shick Spirit of Life, God of history and god of nature, you seem to merge and flow in me, granting me the power to be planted here and the energy to grow with hope. History, for all its pain and trials, has bestowed

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January 11, 2015 Contemplative Reading as Spiritual Practice

PRAYER Spirit of Life, known by many names yet by no name fully known—we gather today with hopes and dreams and also with fears and wounds.... May we be reminded that all things come and go; that today’s joys and today’s sorrows will in time give way to those of tomorrow

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November 9, Healing Morality

READING #1 Ryokan, a Japanese Zen poet of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, wrote this simple poem: Maple leaf Falling down Showing front Showing back The action of a maple leaf falling down, showig front, showing back—the way it falls from the tree, when it falls from the tree, how

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October 26 “Samhain, Imagination, and Us”

Reflection on Imagination and Reality – the separation of these is an illusion There's been a show at Birger-Sandzen Art Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg - “Embracing Nature”. There was also a special show in the small gallery space by Sally Johnson of Bolivar MO. She calls it “Magical Moments”

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October 12, 2014 — Liberal Muslims and US

CHILDREN'S TIME We Are Each Other's Business By Eboo Patel, Executive Director, Interfaith Youth Core. Used by permission. In UU Tapestry of Faith stories. up in Glen Ellyn, IL where he attended Glenbard South High School. While a student at Oxford, Patel ran numerous interfaith youth projects in India, Sri Lanka, and

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September 28 “Identity and Peacemaking”

Chalice Lighting Last Sunday, Sept. 21, more than 280 million people around the world celebrated United Nations World Peace Day. In our country Campaign Nonviolence kicked off a week of promoting the mainstreaming of nonviolence in our culture. These celebrations are aligned with the 6th UU principle - affirming

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September 14 “Stories that Keep Us Going”

Opening words/chalice lighting - We light this chalice in deep gratitude for the sacred space created by the coming together of these particular people, who find support and peace in each other's caring faces. Let this flame focus our connection to remind us that we are a fellowship, no

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July 27 Conversation as a Spiritual Practice

READING Diane Millis is founder and director of the Journey Conversations Project, a partnership of educators and other leaders committed to preparing and equipping people to facilitate conversations for discovery and discernment. Conversation – The Sacred Art: Practicing Presence in an Age of Distraction, 2013. “When we meet others as strangers,

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