Core Circle - What We Love

Opening Words:

From the UU Hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition, use selection 490, “Wild Geese” by Mary Oliver




Topic:  (excerpt from a sermon by Rev. Patrick O’Niel)

"The truth is no church can give your life value and meaning and faith. The most a church can do - the most any church can do - is issue the invitation to take your life seriously and give yourself permission to think religiously about where your life is now and where you want it to be heading.

You can ask any number of deep philosophical and theological questions about doctrine and dogma and creedal formulation, if those things are important to you.  You can spend as much time as you care to distinguishing the fine points of theological difference that divide Christian from Humanist, Unitarian Universalist from Catholic, from Episcopalian, from Methodist, from Jew, from Hindu, from Moslem. But as long as you focus on what divides those great traditions, you will miss what it is that makes them all - at their best - pathways of the sacred. Truthfully, there’s a simpler place to start if you want to get to the center of your life. The root question of your personal theology is, “What do you love?”

At this moment in your life, from where you rest this morning on your life’s journey, in the midst of your life struggles, given what you now know and what you currently feel about the way your life is unfolding and changing and flowing or lurching along lately - What do you love? If you can tell me that, then you have identified the center of your theology and your “belief system.” "


Focus Questions:

What do you love?  Tell a story of when you first encountered one of your loves.

How has your relationship to it changed over the years?

What does this say about being human?

Are you at peace with the things that you love to do or be?

What would you have to do to “let” yourself love what you love? 


Likes & Wishes


Closing Words:

“As we leave this community of the spirit, may we remember the difficult lesson that each day offers more things than we can do.  May we do what needs to be done, postpone what does not, and be at peace with what we can be and do.  Therefore, may we learn to separate that which matters most from that which matters least of all.”

- Richard S. Gilbert