Our Monthly Theme

November: A Month of Healing

fall trees beside body of water during daytimeThe theme for November is Healing. We will explore this concept from many directions this month: in online worship, check-ins and reflection, religious exploration, and more. We offer these readings, songs, and inspirational words to accompany your healing journey month. May you find inspiration here.

Minister’s Blog

“No one knows what will happen in the days and weeks following the close of voting on Nov 3, 2020. There is an immense amount of uncertainty surrounding not only the outcome of the vote count, but the process for counting, certifying the vote, transfer of power if so voted, and peaceful navigation of social unrest regardless of the outcome. Yet one thing is certain; I am going to need all of you, you are going to need all of you, and we are going to need all our neighbors—those we agree with and those we disagree with...” Read more here: Minister’s Reflection

 

READING

“The Healing in Freedom” by Rev. Gretchen Haley

Freedom has a rhythm to it
a longing our bodies know
without words,
a movement away
from everything small and scared,
a waking up to possibility,
healing backwards, and forwards
Even now, we are beginning again –
unafraid of this much mercy, tenderness, pleasure
we come to lean in,
to learn the sound of liberation
like the sound of our names
receiving, and releasing
We come to be free
for more than ourselves
to call love the greatest liberty
to sing of loyalty, courage, and
kindness
to remember we are all
doing the best
we can
Despair hasn’t gotten us yet,
nor overwhelm –
Which is, a kind of miracle –
surrounded as we are
by this much
beauty.

MEDITATION

“A Survival Meditation” by Nathan C. Walker

The following meditation may begin and end with the sound of the mindfulness bell.

breathing in
i am aware of my pain.
breathing out
i am aware that i am not my pain.

breathing in
i am aware of my past.
breathing out
i am aware that i am not my past.

breathing in
i am aware of my anger.
breathing out
i am aware that i am not my anger.

breathing in
i am aware of my despair.
breathing out
i am aware that i am not my despair.

breathing in
i am aware of peace.
breathing out
i am aware that i am worthy of peace.

breathing in
i am aware of love.
breathing out
i am aware that i am worthy of love.

breathing in
i am aware of joy.
breathing out
i am aware that i am an agent of joy.

breathing in
i am aware of hope.
breathing out
i am aware that i am an agent of hope.

breathing in
i am aware.

READING

“Faultline” by Rev. Robert R. Walsh
Found in Noisy Stones: A Meditation Manual published by Skinner House 1992

Did you ever think there might be a fault line
passing underneath your living room:
A place in which your life is lived in meeting
and in separating, wondering
and telling, unaware that just beneath
you is the unseen seam of great plates
that strain through time? And that your life,
already spilling over the brim, could be invaded,
sent off in a new direction, turned
aside by forces you were warned about
but not prepared for? Shelves could be spilled out,
the level floor set at an angle in
some seconds’ shaking. You would have to take
your losses, do whatever must be done next.

When the great plates slip
and the earth shivers and the flaw is seen
to lie in what you trusted most, look not
to more solidity, to weighty slabs
of concrete poured or strength of cantilevered
beam to save the fractured order. Trust
more the tensile strands of love that bend
and stretch to hold you in the web of life
that’s often torn but always healing. There’s
your strength. The shifting plates, the restive earth,
your room, your precious life, they all proceed
from love, the ground on which we walk together.