Finding spiritual inspiration

Many sources brings a richness to our faith

One of the things about Unitarian Universalism that I really love is our willingness to search for inspiration from a wide variety of sources.   Rather than limiting ourselves to one sacred text or one set of traditions, UUs seek out inspiration from all the world’s religious expressions – Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, pagan and other earth-centerred traditions – as well as Humanism, the words and deeds of inspirational men and women and, of course, our own direct experience of the sacred.

As a religious educator, I see my role as sparking a curiosity about the many religious traditions and spiritual expressions in the world.  At First Parish, our children have learned about Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Paganism, in addition to our own brave and powerful history of committed social justice work.

This past Halloween, I delivered a message entitled “Wisdom from Monsters” at First Parish.  Having a bit of fun, I talked about the diverse sources of spirituality that Unitarian Universalism honors and then pushed the envelope a bit further.  What are your favorite monsters and what can we learn from them?  Do movie monsters like werewolves and Frankenstein’s monster have something to teach us?  Click the link below if you’d like to have a listen.

Wisdom from Monsters 30oct11

Regrettably, I neglected the sixth of our sources – Spiritual teachings of earth-centerred traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.  Now I feel better.

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