“I was hungry and you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” This is a verse from the Gospel of Matthew that summarizes much about any faith tradition. At its essence, the practice of faith comes down to acts of radical hospitality. Do you think we are welcoming at UUCWC? Might we work harder at the goal and if so, what would that look like?
November Theme: Attention
Alice Walker famously wrote, “I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.” Walker’s words are a great reminder that attention and gratitude go hand in hand. Indeed they are a perfect embodiment of the dominant message about attention: that it’s here to wake us up to life’s many gifts. But it’s also important to remember that attention has a few ulterior motives up its sleeve. So some fair warning is required this month. Because attention won’t just make you grateful, it will make you fall in love. And it won’t just allow you to notice life’s gifts, it also makes it impossible to ignore life’s pain.