Complicating Gratitude

I can remember celebrating Thanksgiving when I was in elementary school. Every year, we wrote things we were grateful for on paper leaves and taped them to a tree - or some similar activity. We wrote things like friends, family, pets, games, food and water, art supplies, and vacation places. It felt simple then - …

Confession

Our last session’s topic of confession was inspired both by the recent occurrence of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement and one of the High Holy Days in the Jewish tradition, and of the visit that author and UU minister Rev. Nancy McDonald Ladd paid to Unity Church last Sunday. Nancy recently published a book …

Lighting the Fire

Thank you to Abē Levine for the following post: As a new entrant to the UU tradition, my experience isn’t bound to church tradition; childhood memories of Sunday gatherings don’t bubble up in me when lighting the chalice.  Still, as the candle is lit, and the inevitable giggling about the faulty matchbook subsides, I take …

Resilience

With the coming of autumn, many members of the Young Adult Group face transitions: the start of college, grad school, and gap years; the start of teaching or new jobs; promotions. Such change is almost always accompanied by some level of uncertainty and anxious butterflies. It was an opportune time to discuss insecurity and resilience. …

Hospitality

The Arabs used to say, When a stranger appears at your door, Feed him for three days before asking who he is, Where he’s come from, Where he’s headed. That way, he’ll have strength  Enough to answer. Or, by then, you’ll be  Such good friends  You don’t care.   [...]   No, I was not …

Self-Regard

This week’s conversation focused on self-regard, which we strove to distinguish from self-worth. Though we did not pinpoint the difference, we agreed that self-regard, meaning “to examine oneself again,” is something we practice while self-worth is more of a feeling. Self-worth is often derived from our assumptions about how others see us. It often shifts …

Why We Show Up

As is often the case, the most poignant part of our last Young Adult Group meeting for me was the meta-conversation at the end. During this time, I reflected that I didn’t resonate with the earlier parts of the conversation when we discussed the likelihood of free will and contemplated mortality. I said I was …