October 2021

Our theme for the month of October is Reverence – a sharp turn from last month’s theme of Reason? Not necessarily. If Reason, our commitment to critical thinking and discernment, is one pillar of our Unitarian Universalist faith, then Reverence, deep respect and devotion, is another.

One of the things that makes our experiences religious ones is Reverence. When we approach those things that we value with awe and wonder, we are experiencing reverence. When we commit to their preservation with respect and devotion, we are practicing reverence. As Unitarian Universalists, the breadth of that for which we experience reverence is expansive: God, Nature, Art, Animals, Humans, …

One of the ways that we practice reverence is through Ritual. Rituals are practices that we engage with intentionality and reverence. Rituals are often done in community, and often with regularity and consistency.

This month, we will explore a few rituals together.  On Sunday, October 3, in honor of World Animal Day and the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, we will hold an annual Animal Blessing. On Sunday, October 10, as we launch our dual-platform worship, with a return to the meetinghouse, we will perform a water communion—merging our energies and our efforts through the symbol of water. And on Sunday, October 31, we commemorate our dead and our ancestors by connecting with our memorial brick garden.

I look forward to exploring reverence and ritual together this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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