Kathy Knowles and Sue Redkey were to split the duties in telling us about our Blind Spots (aka Mind Bugs), but Kathy had spent the night in hospital, so Sue carried on without her. It was only appropriate that Sue wore a Seahawks jersey in anticipation of their afternoon game against New Orleans. Sue began by telling us about Mind Bugs, what they are, how we can recognize them, and what we can do about them. An example would be if we respond negatively to a man with a pony tail. In essence, we respond well to people who are most like us and more negatively to those different from us. You can hear her presentation below:
Sue then broke us into pairs and gave each pair a simulated situation and asked how we would respond. An example was how we would respond to an invitation to a gay wedding. Each pair shared their response, and very interesting discussions broke out. You can hear all of this below:
All in all, it was a thought-provoking session, and we learned a great deal about our Blind Spots/Mind Bugs.
After a Chalice Lighting and blessing and song, offered by Laurie Stuart, the Ministerial Intern at Quimper UUF, we enjoyed a delicious potluck turkey dinner with our new friends from the Burley Chuckwagon lunch program. We are grateful for all those gifts of labor and love that go into a community event. A huge thank you to everyone for your gifts of food made with love and skill, for your gifts of time and effort, and especially for your gifts of thoughtfulness and compassion. We hope that our guests felt truly welcome and enjoyed themselves.
As small as we are, we are capable of sharing in a significant way with the larger community. We are able to nurture ourselves and share our abundance with others. That’s our mission, after all: to spiritually nourish ourselves, nurture each other and help others in need.
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Rev. Bill Graves returned to complete his two-part course on spirituality, focusing on attentiveness, acceptance, and commitment. His basic message was that spirituality is what you are and what you do personally, as opposed to religion, which is created by others. You can read his sermon here or listen to it below.
We were fortunate to have with us, once again, Rev. Bruce Bode from the Quimper UU Fellowship, our mentoring
congregation. Before the service even began, we enjoyed some music and song by Laurie Stuart, shown at the left. She in the intern minister at Quimper.
This was our Ingathering Water Ceremony to celebrate the beginning of a new church year. We each brought a small cup of water from a place cherished in our hearts, poured this water into a common bowl and left a card describing what the water meant to us. You can listen to Susan Dearth's remarks below.