faith

Maps, beaches and a bucket list

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UU Communities Visited

As we continue to work our way to even more UU communities, I can’t help but take joy in the loving and accepting people our faith attracts!  Our growth from your shared knowledge is immense and will be with us always.

2015 ended with my 14-year-old son, Austin, marking his 43rd state visited!  As a homeschooling mom, I can’t imagine a better life experience for him than physically seeing the many places in our history books.

I’ve also now visited all but one state, and I can’t wait to take that trip to Alaska to complete my map.  (Still on my bucket list!)  But with 2016, comes a move to Hawai’i.  Of course it won’t be so simple, but we plan to keep our summers busy with mainland travel.  The motorhome will still be waiting us each time we set foot on the lower-48.

Here’s to a wondrous 2016!

 

 

 

 

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The Free State

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UUC of Frederick
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick

It was a mixed weekend of sunshine, rain and snow at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick.  The youth were running the show while winter was outside fighting its best to hold off the promise of spring.

Although I would have truly loved to have heard the sitting minister, Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg, speak, he had turned over the helm to the teenagers to prove their place within the congregation.  With the promise of an intriguing title, “Golf Balls to Water,” the youth easily delivered a presentation worthy of their teachers and mentors.

With a mixture of topics on prayer, meditations, and personal musings, the youth took turns talking about faith and about their personal paths to discovering their own truths and experiences with devotion, and with finding faith in life and in self.  Without a doubt, the truly enlightening stories and experiences spoken by these young adults reflected the powerful community and faith of the UUC of Frederick.  We can only hope, that as represented in these youth, the words of their entire generation are full of the hope, truth, and love so important within our faith.

UUC of Frederick is home to a beautifully designed campus full of light and vision, and is certified as a Green Sanctuary Congregation.  It was truly a beautiful weekend home in the country for us on our travels.

* Just in case you can’t see the captions for the two pictures above (run mouse over them or click for slide show), this little bird is nesting in the middle of the UUCF parking lot!

For information on attending the UUC of Frederick: http://frederickuu.org/home/index.php

Example of the Golf Ball Philosophy: http://www.pickchur.com/2011/03/golf-balls-in-the-jar-the-philosophy-professor/ 

To learn more about the Green Sanctuary Program: http://www.uua.org/environment/sanctuary/index.shtml

Hey you, over there, even you are welcome here!

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“Whatever the faiths you have known or the flags of your heritage, you are welcome here.  Whoever you are and whomever you love, you are welcome here.  Whether you ran in here today on little feet, or walked briskly, or ambled in, or rolled in, you are welcome here.” 

(UUCEP Worship Associate Script)

Above are some of the first words you will hear when attending a Sunday Service at the UU Community of El Paso.  They are truly heartfelt by those among us.

Ours is a faith of acceptance and each one of these words can be taken in the most literal sense.  Whomever you are, no matter your background,  you are welcome without regard to race, class, national origin, physical or mental ability, sexual orientation, or gender identity/expression.

UUCEP
Unitarian Universalist Community of El Paso

Unfortunately, many are in search of our faith without realizing it even exists!  If you would like a more liberal, educational, and accepting faith environment, visit a UU community this Sunday.  If you’re unsure where your beliefs lie, a great way to get help is to take the “Belief-O-Matic” quiz at Belief Net: http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Quizzes/BeliefOMatic.aspx  It is a truly fun and enlightening quiz that can both affirm your chosen faith, or show you a new path to spiritual exploration.

As a creedless faith, UU’s rely on the support and acceptance by our members of our 7 Principles:

Our 7 Principles

1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person

2. Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations

3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations

4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning

5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large

6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all

7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part of

As I go on my 2013 pilgrimage, I hope to bring the meanings of these words to heart and to share.  It’s simple to list words as they come–simple to list the principles.  But what I hope to convey is the emotion behind the words and more importantly, the belonging to the words that come with our faith.

To learn more about Unitarian Universalism, or to find a community near you, please visit: www.uua.org or click on the chalice in the right-hand column of my blog.  If you are unable or unwilling to attend a physical location, you can explore UU’ism through the Church of the Larger Fellowship: http://www.questformeaning.org/

For more information on the UU Community of El Paso, visit: www.uuelpaso.org