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.


Our Whole Souul Living Theme for the month of June is Myth. Below are two definitions.

Change and Impermanence

Nothing remains the same for two consecutive moments. Heraclitus said we can never bathe twice in the same river. Confucius, while looking at a stream, said, "It is always flowing, day and night." The Buddha implored us not just to talk about impermanence, but to use it as an instrument to help us penetrate deeply into reality and obtain liberating insight. We may be tempted to say that because things are impermanent, there is suffering. But the Buddha encouraged us to look again. Without impermanence, life is not possible. How can we transform our suffering if things are not impermanent? How can our daughter grow up into a beautiful young lady? How can the situation in the world improve? We need impermanence for social justice and for hope.



1. To cause to exist; bring into being.

2. To give rise to; produce

3. To produce through artistic or imaginative effort

Common Ground

There is a certain privacy to a thought. We all have places within where no one else can ever be wholly admitted, where the turnings and churnings of our inner processes and feelings are simply intimate and not available to others. Consider your morning thoughts, your quiet-time thoughts, the kind of things that flit through your mind as you go through your morning routines and prepare for the day. Or the things you think about in the shower, or while driving, or journaling.


The purpose of our focus on evil is not to dwell on the negative, but to live in awareness and in wholeness.  Sermons and services this month will be exploring this theme, and the community is encouraged to reflect, explore, and share your thoughts, experiences, hopes, and fears.  Below are some questions that we hope will initiate or facilitate rich some rich conversations.

Monetary and Spiritual Economy

The faith of Unitarian Universalism places a high value on right relationships between and among people. In our families and in our communal and social lives we believe in equality, justice, and fairness. On a personal level, we value integrity, compassion, and a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. These words articulate ideals that for Unitarian Universalists are the discipline and the measure of a faithful and religious life.


Economy needs just a little explanation as a Whole Souul Living Theme. The idea is that everything, and every decision, has costs and benefits. In every moment, Life provides us with exactly two limited quantities to spend: Time and Energy. These will eventually be spent no matter what we do.