A Community of Transformation

April 30, 2017: Everyone Starts Somewhere

Click the link above to download the Explorations and related words for reflection shared in the service on April 30, 2017.

On April 30, we answered the call of the Black Lives of Unitarian-Universalism to hold a special service and teach-in addressing systems of white supremacy and how to address racism throughout our communities and our denomination. To provide the best context for this special event, we suggest you read the program and insert with additional resources that were shared in the service.

April 23, 2017: All Our Many Ways

Thought for the week: 

“There are still stars which move in ordered and beautiful rhythm. There are still people in this world who keep promises… That’s enough to keep my heart optimistic, no matter how pessimistic my mind.”

― Madeleine L’Engle, A Wind in the Door

April 16, 2017: Easter Is Awakening

Click the link above to download the Explorations shared in the service on April 16, 2017.

 “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”

– Brené Brown

Vivian Pomeroy writes,

Let us give thanks on this day
For the courage which is equal to every new day
For the hopes which arise out of the failures of yesterday
For the resolve which lifts its head above wrong and woe,
and affirms its right to repent and begin again
For the life which cannot be holden by death
For the healing which comes to wounded hearts through time …
For the joy which breaks in we know not how and when least expected …
For the darkness where the roots grow
For the golden thread of valor and goodwill never lost …
for all the labors of those who have sown that others may reap
for the high calls to duty in our day and time
for the goodness which is at the heart of the world
for the radical love of this man Jesus
for all we love …
and for this beloved community.

Robert Louis Stevenson wrote,

Let Beauty awake in the morn from beautiful dreams,

Beauty awake from rest!
Let Beauty awake
For Beauty’s sake

In the hour when the birds awake in the brake

And the stars are bright in the west!

Let Beauty awake in the eve from the slumber of day,

Awake in the crimson eve!
In the day’s dusk end
When the shades ascend,

Let her wake to the kiss of a tender friend

To render again and receive!

April 9, 2017: A Community of Transformation

Thought for the week: “We do not get to choose a lot of the changes life brings… But I can choose how I adapt to and learn from the changes they bring. I can transform for bitter or for better, for sickness or for healing, for fearfulness or for generosity, for anger or for kindness, for willful ignorance and hatred or for wonder and wisdom. Faithful transformation approaches the change that is living with reverence and with humility, with laughter and with a readiness to be surprised. One wonderful magical time changes into another, often through trouble, often through challenge, often through brokenness.”

– Rev. Naomi King

Rev. Jeannie Shero writes:

“We are A Community of Transformation.
Here we come together, making a choice to bind ourselves in covenantal love.
Here we see one another with the eyes of our hearts.
Here we listen to one another with open ears.
Here we speak to one another with the voice of our wisdom.
And, here we party with one another with the wild dignity of our inner child.

This is precious: beloved community.
It is rare and it is sacred.
It is a people with whom we can be ourselves, in all our beauty and messiness,
our intelligence and naivety, our joy and our profound sorrow.

Here, we believe one another and work to cultivate trust in one another and in our collective vision. Here we gather together.”

“One must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.” 

– Elizabeth Gilbert

“If there is no transformation inside us, all the structural change in the world will have no impact on our institutions.”

– Peter Block 

“Make your interactions with people transformational, not just transactional.” 

– Patti Smith

“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” 

– Roy T. Bennett

“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.” 

– Elif Shafak

“Transformation is often more about unlearning than learning.”

– Richard Rohr

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.” 

– Ben Okri

“The aim of religious awareness, religious faith, religious community, and religious life must be radical change.”

– Rev. Dr. George Kimmich Beach

April 2, 2017: Founder’s Day

Rev. A. Powell Davies wrote:

“So far as I can see, all the great leaders—and the great exemplars of religion—possessed…faith in life’s essence, in its hidden meaning, in its moral claim, and in the rightness of its inner spiritual guidance. And by this the great ones lived their lives. So must we. There are no problems greater than our power to solve them. There are no burdens greater than our strength. We shape—by every moment of our lives—the great decisions. Then let us venture still!—with reason as a lamp to guide us—but lighted with the light of faith.”

Our Unitarian Universalist Association speaks:

“We are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace.

We have radical roots and a history as self-motivated spiritual people: we think for ourselves and recognize that life experience influences our beliefs more than anything.

We need not think alike to love alike. We are people of many beliefs and backgrounds: people with a religious background, people with none, people who believe in a God, people who don’t, and people who let the mystery be…

[Together, we create a force more powerful than one person or one belief system… We do not have to check our personal background and beliefs at the door: we join together on a journey that honors everywhere we’ve been before.]

We seek to welcome you: your whole self, with all your truths and your doubts, your worries and your hopes. Join us on this extraordinary adventure of faith.”

“One must always be prepared for riotous and endless waves of transformation.” 

– Elizabeth Gilbert

“If there is no transformation inside us, all the structural change in the world will have no impact on our institutions.”

– Peter Block 

“Make your interactions with people transformational, not just transactional.” 

– Patti Smith

“It’s only after you’ve stepped outside your comfort zone that you begin to change, grow, and transform.” 

– Roy T. Bennett

“Every true love and friendship is a story of unexpected transformation. If we are the same person before and after we loved, that means we haven’t loved enough.” 

– Elif Shafak

“Transformation is often more about unlearning than learning.”

– Richard Rohr

“The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love and to be greater than our suffering.” 

– Ben Okri

“The aim of religious awareness, religious faith, religious community, and religious life must be radical change.”

– Rev. Dr. George Kimmich Beach