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BUUF AffirmationWe join, in the spirit of love, to develop our religious attitudes objectively and honestly that life may be more meaningful.
A Moment of Departure
When necessary, we begin our Spiritual Memoir Writing Group (SMWG) with a prompt of our choice. During our March 4, 2015, session I chose to combine two different prompts: the first was to write three brief self-portraits and the second was to write about a moment of departure.
We are always departing and arriving every moment, but at various times throughout our lives some arrivals and departures are more momentous than others. I recollected a photograph, or portrait of myself, taken on the verge of a great departure in my life. I am standing in front of my mother’s house in Phoenix, Arizona, next to my bearded cousin Buzz. There’s a smile beneath my moustache. We’re both in our 20’s, wearing light-weight long-sleeve shirts, my thumbs resting in my blue jean side pockets, Buzz has one hand casually parked in his. We each have a small back pack and a “carry-on-sized” suitcase on the ground beside us. When my mother took this photo I never thought she could be worried enough that she might think this could be the last she would see of me. No self-respecting 22-year-old thinks like that!
June Is the Month of Openings
June 2015 Pastoral Letter
Dear Members and Friends,
June is the month of openings. As nature unfolds and flowers and trees open and announce that everything is new, we too should be opening ourselves to all that is new, challenging, and even frightening. That is how we grow. It is amazing what we find out about ourselves when we open to what is new. It is also the time of beginnings, such as graduations and weddings. These experiences point to adventure into the unknown and most especially new adventures into ourselves. Kirkegaard wrote a book called “For Self Examination.” This was an invitation to expose the secrets of the heart and a valuable help in tracing spiritual growth. It is a good thing to pause in our much too busy lives to do some deep probing. It is, in a sense, a time to take our spiritual temperature amidst the plethora of distractions.
How to Save Christianity
Truth is like the fire at the heart of a many faced jewel.
Each angle shows a different aspect and a different color.
From: All Religions Are True by M. K. Ghandi
The statistics are damning. According to a recent CBS news report, for every person converted to Christianity in the U.S., four people leave the church. The Southern Baptist Convention expects to lose millions over the next 25 years. The last U.S. census reports that fewer people are attending church and declaring a religious affiliation. The Christian church in the modern western world is in steady decline.
Many of my fellow pastors complain that their congregations are aging with no young people coming to grace the pews. My own kids, now in their thirties, do not attend church. They think the church is antiquated and obsolete, a clay tablet in a computer age.
The Shapes of Liberal Religion
Does faith have a shape? Do faith communities have a geometry? Let's find out through a series of actions, reflections, interactions, ponderings, and challenges that build on your own personal experiences seen through the lens of shared community. Come prepared to think about the ways in which being in liberal religious communities of memories and hope, values and vision invites us to be mindful and a little daring about the architecture of our faith.
This year’s series of keynote workshops at Chalice Sparx Unitarian Universalist family camp in the Midwest will be presented by Rev. Dr. Randolph W.B. Becker ("Randy"), a life-long Universalist Unitarian now in his 43rd year of Parish and Religious Education ministry. Rev. Randy is no stranger to summer camps given he founded the Sophia Fahs Religious Education Camp on Long Island, NY, which will be celebrating its 35th Anniversary in August.