Stories We Choose
Human beings tell stories. Stories are the creative act of remembering ourselves, and weaving ourselves into our future. They are everywhere, and in everything, constantly changing shape, and shaping us. At one point, we may tell a story of a bold act we once undertook, and yet as time passes, we see the same event as a way we were deeply hurtful to someone. Stories of victimhood shape shift into stories of survival, and the rich sediment from which compassion grows in our lives. Stories help us make sense of our past. They can just as easily hold us back, as we continue to propagate a particular conception of ourselves, or our community that stifles transformation. The creative act of storytelling is something that deserves our attention. When we are conscious of the stories we tell, we find a rich layering of nar- ratives to build on, rather than a pile of litter that continually trips us up.
What are the stories that need to fall away in your life? What stories have transformed you? Are there stories that need to be told more fully? What are the stories that we need to embrace as a community? How does our Judeo-Christian root system shape our Unitarian Universalist story today? What kind of stories do we need to tell our children? This month we examine the stories we tell. We will take the poet’s advice and live in the layers, not on the litter.
Link to Podcast
|Oct. 7||Rev. Justin Schroeder||Senior Minister||The Indispensable Church|
|Oct. 14||Rev. Jen Crow||Minister of Program Life||Drop the Storyline|
|Oct. 21||Rev. Justin Schroeder||Senior Minister||The Power of an Illusion|
|Oct. 28||Ruth MacKenzie||Director of Worship Arts||Saving Paradise|
|Nov. 4||Rev. Justin Schroeder||Senior Minister||Stories Bigger Than The Moment|
|Nov. 11||Rev. Justin Schroeder||Senior Minister||This is the Moment|
|Nov. 18||Rev. Jen Crow||Minister of Program Life||We'll Build A Land|
|Nov. 25||Laura Smidzik||Cummins Ministerial Intern||A Greater Good|
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