Discussion & Potluck: November 15, 2015

Simplicity

Rev. Amy Rowland

with guest speaker, Rev. Amy Rowland

As we enter another holiday season, many of us find that we are dashing from one thing to the next without a waking moment to pause, reflect, or simply to be still.

In light of two of our UUA Principles: (#3) acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations, and (#4) a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, we have invited Amy, a Quaker Unitarian Universalist, to share with us the Quaker testimony on simplicity and invite us to experience an abbreviated Unprogrammed (silent) Quaker meeting.

Quakerism (a.k.a. The Religious Order of Friends), like Unitarian Universalism, is a non-creedal faith. Also, like Unitarian Universalists, Quakers generally follow a set of principles, called testimonies. At this service, Amy will introduce the testimony on simplicity. We will then have a chance to listen in silence for a short time, in the manner of Quakers. After the silence, we will convene in small groups to share what came up for us in the silence and in our reflections on simplicity.

According to the Quaker Information Center:

“Unprogrammed” Friends meetings follow the tradition of gathering in silence, without the services of a designated pastor or minister…Worship begins when the first person enters the room and takes a seat.

This experience is sure to make our discussions afterwards all the more lively!

Amy Rowland, PhD, MSW, MDiv. is a transitions coach and facilitator. She is also an ethicist, mediator and teacher, and the former Executive Director of Create Meaning, A Center for Spiritual Renewal, a Congregations and Beyond project.

We hope you’ll join us! As always, we will finish up with a potluck and social hour, so please bring food and/or drink to share. Our current meeting place is The Bethesda Lutheran Community Facility*, 680 Atchison Way, Castle Rock, CO 80109. Meetings begin promptly at 4 o’clock p.m.

To R.S.V.P., simply email Gary Wyngarden.

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