Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Small Group Ministry Drop In April 25, 7 p.m.

Author Sarah Ahrens, Written Apr 25, 2016


A last minute reminder that tonight, Monday April 25, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary will be this month’s Soul Matters/Sharing Circle/Small Group Ministry “drop-in” session.This is an opportunity in a small group (no more than 10-12 participants) to explore the April theme of what it means to be a people of creation.

Here are the questions and activity for your consideration- though you don’t need to have thought them through/done them in advance to attend- just show up with a willingness to listen and share!

Here’s your assignment:  Find a partner and create something together.  Grab your kid and build a model car or a tree house! Plop a puzzle on a card table in your living room and have the whole family piece it together over a week’s time. Convince your artist or writer friends to do a joint project. Invite your neighbor over to help plant and share a garden. Join the creative justice makers in your neighborhood as they try to build a better and more beautiful world.
Come to the Sharing Circle and share what new lesson you learned about why we need each other.

Reflection Questions:
  1. What are you building, painting, composing or planting with your life?  (“All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.” -M.C. Richards)
  2. When did you stop singing? When did you stop dancing? When did you stop telling your story? When did you stop sitting in silence? (Cross-cultural anthropologist Angeles Arrien tells us that in many traditional cultures, when an ill person goes to the healer, he or she is asked these four questions.)
  3. When was the last time you created (or helped create) something that will outlive you?
  4. Are you decisions based on fear or creativity? (“I invented this rule for myself to be applied to every decision I might have to make in the future. I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness, and other things being equal I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side. I think it must be a rule something like this that makes jonquils and crocuses come pushing through cold mud.” – Katharine Butler Hathaway)