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September 2018

Faith as a Verb

September 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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In the early Buddhist, Jewish and Christian texts, faith is not a noun but a verb. It is a way that we live, a leap that we take. In the Pali language of the original Buddhist texts, it meant literally “to place the heart upon.” This writing session offers an exploration of faith as something we do. How and where do we offer our hearts? And what does it mean when we do? Free but RSVP by email requested. 

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Faith in a Seed

September 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
UU Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Water Street
Ephraim, WI United States
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“Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed,” Thoreau confessed. “Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.” Begin your reflections on faith in the morning worship service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, led by Karen Hering who will speak on "Faith in a Seed." A two-hour afternoon writing session, "When Faith Is a Verb,"…

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October 2018

Belonging to Our Longing

October 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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We are all, as Kahlil Gibran noted, the “sons and daughters of life longing for itself.” But our consumer culture often conflates longing and desire, as if longing could be satisfied by purchases, progress or possessions. What is the nature of longing and how do we respond to it? What does our longing point us toward? And what would happen if we let ourselves belong to our deepest longing? Free but RSVP by email requested. 

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November 2018

Restoring Our Balance: a post-election recovery of energy and grounding

November 7, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Holly Ave., 732 Holly Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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We cannot know ahead of time how this week's elections will turn out. But we do know all too well how the anxieties and polarities of these times can steal our balance, set us on guard and cause our energy to get stuck. Wednesday morning, no matter which winners have been declared, you are invited to a post-election gathering of guided meditation and gentle movement to restore your balance and good energy for the days ahead. Led by literary minister Karen Hering…

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Covenant: the promises we make, break and renew

November 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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We “become human beings by making commitments, by making promises,” said James Luther Adams. Quoting fellow theologian Martin Buber, he called humans the “promise-making, promise-keeping, promise-breaking, promise-renewing creature.” What does our capacity for promise-making and covenant mean and how does it shape our human identity, our communities of faith and our role in creating new realities in the world? Free but RSVP by email requested. 

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December 2018

Wonder: Living with an Open Heart

December 2, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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“I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing,” wrote e.e. cummings, “than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.”  As we enter the season of lengthened nights, we reflect on the gift of wonder and how we keep it alive. Free but RSVP by email requested. 

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January 2019

The Swinging Scales of Justice

January 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Unity Church-Unitarian, Portland Ave, 733 Portland Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55104 United States
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Pascal once observed that justice is too subtle a point to be touched by our blunt tools. Perhaps this is why its meaning has so often been carried by symbols and stories passed down through the ages. This guided writing session explores the swinging scales of justice and other symbols and stories. Free but RSVP by email requested. 

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