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.


Balance is a beautiful thing.  Balance is also our Whole Souul Living Theme for September.  Balance, technically, is an equal distribution of weight that enables steadiness.  Balance is also about correct proportions: of power, justice, prosperity, Love… ideals seldom achieved but deeply worthy.  In these busy and troubled times, all of us could benefit from some gentle attention to balance: between work and play, sadness and joy, time alone and time with others, the demands of the


Spirit is our Whole Souul Living Theme for August and because we are Unitarian Universalists, some definition is in order. The word spiritual comes from the Latin spirare, the breath. Later this became spiritus, meaning, "the animating or vital principle in man and animals: soul, courage, breath, or vigor.” Many people consider the spiritual to be supernatural, but with this definition and respecting our pluralism it could be either.


Mercy is a subject both rich and deep. Consider this quote from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular – but one must take it simply because it is right.” This is the light in which we are asked to consider mercy.


Broadly speaking, Liberation can be political, physical, emotional, spiritual, or all of the above.  Typically, liberation assumes a current or previous condition of being bounded or restricted, and things get interesting when we consider that it is possible to be unaware of our own bondage.  Consider this quote from Laura van Dernoot Lipsky:  “We will find the key to our liberation only when we accept that what we once did to survive is now destroying us.”


Vocation is the Whole Souul Living Theme for this month. The word comes from from the Christian tradition and refers to an internal calling or summons to do holy work. There is also an assumption that neary everybody has one whether they know it or not. Philosopher Sam Keen wrote: A society in which vocation and job are separated for most people gradually creates an economy that is often devoid of spirit, one that frequently fills our pocketbooks at the cost of emptying our souls.


Love has no body on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which Love and compassion for the world is to look out; yours are the feet with which Love is to go about doing good; and yours are the hands with which Love is to bless us now.



Brokenness is the Whole Souul Living theme, but not so that we might wallow morose or despairing. Brokenness is simply an essential and unavoidable part of human life. It often marks the turning points on our lifelong journeys; the endings of chapters, the beginnings of new ones, the places where growth takes place.

This month, in our individual and especially our communal discussions, reflect on…:


Peace is the Whole Souul Living Theme for January, and it represents a profoundly challenging hope!  Getting right to the heart of the matter, pacifist A. J. Muste wrote:  We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life.


salvation, n.  A saving or being saved; preservation from destruction, ruin, loss, or calamity.



Our Whole Souul Living Theme for November is Generosity, a topic both deeply complex (if we think about it too much) and astonishingly simple (if we simply follow the impulse). Consider the quote, “True generosity is guided by awareness.” The implication is that if we are truly aware…: of our interdependence, of our inherent connections, of the transitory nature of all physical things, of our own truest nature…, then generosity flows naturally.