Whole Souul Living

WHOLE SOUUL LIVING is the name we have given to monthly themes at First Unitarian Denver. Given the spiritual and religious diversity of our church, WHOLE SOUUL LIVING is intended as a way to focus and connect the ongoing reflection, discussion, and religious learning of the community. Below are some quotes, resources, stories, and/or thoughts related to this month's theme, and under that are some questions for reflection and sharing. Monthly themes will also be reflected in our Sunday worship and Religious Exploration for all ages. We hope you will find these useful, and the shared monthly themes of our community to be deeply connective.

 
The themes are collected in a three year recurring cycle, they are: 
 
Year One - Learning and Growth, Spiritual Practices (i.e. Prayer), Wisdom, Mysticism, Justice, Grace, Memory and Hope, Covenant, Community, Truth, Insight, and Simplicity.
 
Year Two - Vision, Transcendence/Transformation, Preparation, Divinity, Economy, Evil, Common Ground, Creativity, Change, Myth, The Sources, Hospitality.
 
Year Three - Freedom, Scripture, Generosity, Salvation, Peace, Brokenness, Imagination, Compassion, Vocation, Liberation, Mercy, Ultimacy.

Peace

 
Peace is the Whole Souul Living Theme for January, and it represents a profoundly challenging hope! Pacifist A. J. Muste wrote: We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life. In other words, as participants in that way of life, we need to work both outwardly and inwardly.
 

Salvation

 
Our Whole Souul Living Theme for December is Salvation (in THIS Life). In truth, most of us need some salvation: from old habits and limitations, from creeping materialism, from a broken economy… The nation needs some salvation: from partisan politics, easy answers, and outright lies. The world needs some salvation…: from pollution, too many people, and senseless wars… You get the idea.
 

Generosity

 

Scripture

 

Freedom

 

Our Whole Souul Living Theme for September is Freedom, a profoundly important idea in liberal religion.

Surrender

Surrender is the Whole Souul Living Theme for August.  By way of introduction, Surrender is the title of the following poem by William Larsen.  It has a word in it, dharma, which is Buddhist term that translates roughly as "teaching" 

 

At our house there live
a girl, a dog, and a yard full of newly planted flowers

Evil

This month we are considering Evil as our Whole Souul Living Theme. Obviously we are not celebrating evil, but in the spirit of religious community, seeking healing and greater wholeness through a deeper understanding. Evil, so far as we know is not embodied in any kind of being called Satan, and certainly not, at least conclusively, in any historical figures like Stalin, Hitler, or Sadaam Hussein.

Divinity

 

Our Whole Souul Living Theme for this month is Divinity. For traditional Christians, the word usually refers to the Christian God or the nature of Jesus. For Jews, divinity could apply to anything from the orthodox God of the Old Testament to the cosmic Ein Sof (without end) of Kabbahlistic teaching. For many Indigenous People, divinity could refer to the animating spirits of nature or the mysterious forces that turn the seasons or the world.

Insight

 
 
Insight is the Whole Souul Living Theme for July

Truth

The 4th Principle of Unitarian Universalism is: “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Certainly there is a category of empirical truth to the physical world. Just as certainly there is a category of more subjective truth that will vary from person to person. Still, in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, we take the question of religious truth very seriously. It was the search for truth and a more authentic religious experience that led us to break away from more traditional Christianity.

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