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.

Scripture

Scripture is our Whole Souul Living Theme for the month.  Spiritual traditions like Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and many others look to very specific, historic texts for inspiration, Truth, guidance, or comfort.  For our purposes, solidly in the liberal religious tradition, we will more broadly define Scripture as, “Anything we turn to for guidance, Truth, inspiration, or comfort.”  This month, you are encouraged to spend some time considering the sources of your own inspiration and truth, and especially exploring or remembering some o

Freedom

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

Hospitality

Hospitality is an ancient value. Legend has it the Hebrew prophet Elijah would wander about disguised as a beggar to test whether people would be hospitable or hostile. On one occasion, a rabbi turned him away, only to learn later that it was Elijah in disguise. The moral in the Hebrew tradition is that you should treat all strangers as though you are greeting the prophet.

Myth

Here is a modern definition of myth, a la Carl Jung and Joseph Campbell:  “Myth refers to an intricate set of interlocking stories, rituals, rites, and customs that inform and give the pivotal sense of meaning and direction to a person, family, community, or culture.”  From this perspective, all of us are living collections of myths, consciously or unconsciously modeling our behavior, identity, and aspirations around images of what it means to be a parent, worker, youth, elder, lover, partner, adult, child, seeker, white person, Asian, etc.

Creativity

Create: verb
1. To cause to exist; bring into being.
2. To give rise to; produce
3. To produce through artistic or imaginative effort
 

Common Ground

Common Ground is our Whole Souul Living Theme for March. In a world that insistently tries to divide us from one another, the central proposition of our faith is that, There is a Unity that makes us One.

Economy

Economy is our Whole Souul Living Theme for January, which probably needs just a little introduction. In a sense, everything has some economy to it. Because, everything comes with trade-offs. E.B. White once wrote, “I wake each morning torn between two impulses: the impulse to savor the world, and the impulse to save it. It makes it hard to plan the day...”

Divinity

Our Whole Souul Living Theme for December 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.

Preparation

Preparation is the Whole Souul Living Theme for November, another time-honored yet deeply under-rated spiritual discipline. Preparation is the answer to the question, “What if I have to speak in front of hundreds of people?” It is the same answer to the question, “How can I live a more authentic life?” or any number of other pressing Life questions. Preparation forces us to get clear about our intentions, something else frequently overlooked by spiritual seekers.

Transcendence/Transformation

Transcendence/Transformation is the Whole Souul Living Theme for October, appropriate for this time of seasonal change.  Indeed, Life is a series of transformations, transcending what we were, what we later became, and into whatever we are currently becoming.  Some of these happen slowly over years; one day you realize that you barely remember the person you used to be.  Other changes happen suddenly and uninvited as when tragedy, loss, illness, or some other event pushes us outside normal

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