Spiritual Formation: A Fall Teaser!

Friends – The summer months at Davies are a time for deep thought and careful planning as we move steadily toward Ingathering on September 11. Details are still in the works, but I couldn’t wait to share the panoply of offerings we’ve got planned for Spiritual Formation this fall.

Dates, times, and registration will come soon. For now, here’s a glimpse of what awaits in the months ahead.

Addressing Implicit Bias
Inspired by the 8th Principle, participants will learn to recognize, acknowledge, and address their own implicit biases, working to transform how they interact with the world. Schedule to be determined. Facilitated by members Linda Gravely and Ena Watson.

Exploring “The 1619 Project”
Specific chapters of this expansive work will be selected and discussed. Participants can attend all three sessions or choose those that interest them most. Facilitated by members Linda Gravely, Sandy Greenberg, and Sheri Verdonk.

Readings in Unitarian Universalism
A four-week series of conversations centered on readings from the Unitarian Universalist tradition, past to present. A great opportunity for those new to the faith, and for those who want to take a deeper dive into our rich heritage. Facilitated by Rev. Norman Allen.

Thoughts About Prayer
This monthly gathering invites participants to explore the myriad ways that prayer touches and strengthens our lives as Unitarian Universalists. Facilitated by member Steve Loudermilk.

Soul Matters Exploration
Participants take a deep dive into the monthly Soul Matters resources, exploring provocative questions, texts, and spiritual practices both individually and in community. Facilitated by member Adrienne York-Minor.

A Visit with Poetry
A one-time, online opportunity to enjoy the work of well-known poets, discuss the poetry process, and share some written-on-the-spot poetry by you! Facilitated by member Hiram Larew.

As you can see, there’s a lot to look forward to! When you get a chance, make sure to thank the lay leaders who are offering these opportunities for growth and companionship. Our commitment to “shared ministry” appears to be alive and well!

We’ll experience that shared ministry this very Sunday, August 7, when we gather for “Donuts & Democracy” at 9:30am. All the necessary materials will be provided (along with tasty treats), as we work to increase voter turnout and ensure successful midterm elections.

As Rick and Alana recently reminded us, “We’re All in this Together.” And it is a joy to be with you on the journey.

Wishing you all good things,

Rev. Norman Allen