Welcome to January – Faith and Resilience
Posted by Rev Lucy
Posted on January 6, 2018
Happy new year circle folk. I hope your new year is off to a good start. We will have a bit of a spiritual boot camp this month in our circles as we turn our attention to faith and resilience.
Faith is word that is not often comfortable for UU’s and most of us would not consider ourselves people of faith. And yet we are. As people of faith we live our lives with the assurance that humans are basically good; that we are held in the interdependent web of all existence. We have faith that our good intentions and our efforts toward wholeness will make a difference, even if we can’t see it, or know it at this time. We have faith in our church community.
What does faith mean to you? What gives you faith and sustains you? In our circles we will consider many ideas about faith and share what is meaningful for us.
In the second circle, we turn to resilience – the ability to weather the ebbs and flows of life with grace. Resilience has come up often in the past year, as we strive to maintain our balance and positive outlook despite troubling times. Resilience is a spiritual muscle to be developed through spiritual practices, and community engagement. In our second circle we will use images to help us explore resilience.
I have chosen two supplemental readings for you this month. The first is a sermon by Neal Jones – The Faith of a Trapeze Artist. He does a nice job of articulating faith in a UU context. The second is three selections from the marvelous daily reflection book The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo. No one can stir up the spirit better than Nepo. I highly recommend his book, with a full year of entries to challenge encourage and sustain you.
I hold you all in love this month, and every month as we deepen our lives together in circles. Thank you for being a part of this community.