A Pagan Way of Making Meaning / Samhain
As Unitarian Universalists, we draw from many sources, one of which is "Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature". For pagans, Samhain marks the halfway point between the Fall Equinox and the Winter Solstice. This is a sacred point in the year when we are gifted a time of introspection. It allows us to let go of what no longer serves us or what we have lost, it is an opportunity to look more deeply inward, and choose our paths with intention. This service will explore the importance of ritual in all of our lives, and how ritual is at the core of mindful practices which help us to set and maintain our intentions while enriching our lives with meaning. You are encouraged and invited to bring pictures or symbolic items representative of loved ones or ancestors to place on the altar (as we have done in the past for Dia de los Muertos).
Hayden Slentz-Kesler and three UU Friends, Gray Cohen, Allison Bishop, and Will Connor, all presented their views and experiences related to UU Principle #4: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
From the service program:
A Free and Responsible Search
The Unitarian-Universalist 4th principle is "A free and responsible search for truth and meaning." It's a wonderful idea, but what does it mean? Hayden and some of his friends will present a bit about how we UU came to affirm that particular principle, and what it means in their lives today.
From discussion with Tommy on Sunday July 20, 2014:
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