Whole Souul Living

WHOLE SOUUL LIVING is the name we have given to monthly themes at First Unitarian Denver. Given the spiritual and religious diversity of our church, WHOLE SOUUL LIVING is intended as a way to focus and connect the ongoing reflection, discussion, and religious learning of the community. Below are some quotes, resources, stories, and/or thoughts related to this month's theme, and under that are some questions for reflection and sharing. Monthly themes will also be reflected in our Sunday worship and Religious Exploration for all ages. We hope you will find these useful, and the shared monthly themes of our community to be deeply connective.

 
The themes are collected in a three year recurring cycle, they are: 
 
Year One - Learning and Growth, Spiritual Practices (i.e. Prayer), Wisdom, Mysticism, Justice, Grace, Memory and Hope, Covenant, Community, Truth, Insight, and Simplicity.
 
Year Two - Vision, Transcendence/Transformation, Preparation, Divinity, Economy, Evil, Common Ground, Creativity, Change, Myth, The Sources, Hospitality.
 
Year Three - Freedom, Scripture, Generosity, Salvation, Peace, Brokenness, Imagination, Compassion, Vocation, Liberation, Mercy, Ultimacy.

Freedom

 

Our Whole Souul Living Theme for September is Freedom, a profoundly important idea in liberal religion.

Surrender

Surrender is the Whole Souul Living Theme for August.  By way of introduction, Surrender is the title of the following poem by William Larsen.  It has a word in it, dharma, which is Buddhist term that translates roughly as "teaching" 

 

At our house there live
a girl, a dog, and a yard full of newly planted flowers

Evil

This month we are considering Evil as our Whole Souul Living Theme. Obviously we are not celebrating evil, but in the spirit of religious community, seeking healing and greater wholeness through a deeper understanding. Evil, so far as we know is not embodied in any kind of being called Satan, and certainly not, at least conclusively, in any historical figures like Stalin, Hitler, or Sadaam Hussein.

Divinity

 

Our Whole Souul Living Theme for this month is Divinity. For traditional Christians, the word usually refers to the Christian God or the nature of Jesus. For Jews, divinity could apply to anything from the orthodox God of the Old Testament to the cosmic Ein Sof (without end) of Kabbahlistic teaching. For many Indigenous People, divinity could refer to the animating spirits of nature or the mysterious forces that turn the seasons or the world.

Insight

 
 
Insight is the Whole Souul Living Theme for July

Truth

The 4th Principle of Unitarian Universalism is: “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Certainly there is a category of empirical truth to the physical world. Just as certainly there is a category of more subjective truth that will vary from person to person. Still, in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, we take the question of religious truth very seriously. It was the search for truth and a more authentic religious experience that led us to break away from more traditional Christianity.

Community

In a wonderful allegory, Rev. Barbara Pescan wrote:  One of the old ones stood up into the morning light and spoke to those who had come back to the river: "Now we have come again to this place; it is a good thing. My life apart from you is not as strong. Yes, I have danced and I have told the stories at my own fire and I have sung to all the six directions.

Covenant

Proudly a Covenantal tradition, Covenant is our Whole Souul Living Theme for April.  In Unitarian Universalism, we are distrustful of creeds, and we mean something fairly specific when we talk about covenant.  Covenant for us is not a contract or specific promise.  Rather, our covenant is a statement of our highest, mutual aspirations.  The underlying religious premise is that how we actually live our lives is more important than what we might individually believe t

Grace

Our Whole Souul Living Theme for March is Grace. The Universalist side of our heritage held grace as God’s free and unmerited love and blessing, the salvation of ALL souls. While the terminology of grace arose in Christianity, experiences of grace as oneness, glimpses of the holy, or healing transformation can be found across the world’s religions and traditions. Rev. Dr.

Justice

     “Am I my brother’s keeper?” This is the sarcastic answer that Cain, after killing his brother Abel, famously gives to God in the Old Testament. The reply leaves little doubt about how God sees it: “What have you done? Your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground!”

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