In the aptly titled, Unitarian faith growing nationwide, which we shared here yesterday, USA Today reported on the 15% growth we’ve experienced in our denomination, at a time when many churches are experiencing a downturn in membership. This coming Sunday, October 7th, at 11 am, Spirit of Life UU founding member, Bonnie Dassing will lead us on a deeper look at at Unitarian Universalism in America, in a sermon written by the Rev. Rebecca Benner. We’ll be considering what Unitarian Universalism looked like at its founding, the many Unitarian Universalists who helped shape America, and how our faith has evolved over the years.
Youth and adult programs begin at 10 am. In Adult Discussion, we’ll be considering “Sacred
Alchemy – How to turn the Seven Deadly Sins into seven divine blessings. ” “Thomas Aquinas defined each of the Seven Deadlies as an excessive use of a healthy human activity,” says theologian Louis Savary, coauthor (with his psychotherapist wife Patricia H. Berne) of the classic Dreams and Spiritual Growth: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Dreamwork and other books marrying spirituality and psychology. “The implication was that there was some positive or healthy quality behind each of these excesses. The sin was precisely in the excessive use of a healthy energy, not in the healthy energy itself.”
This Sunday also marks the return of our Fireside Chats after service, providing yet another opportunity to get up close and personal with our living, active faith.
All are welcome to join us for services and religious education programs and for coffee and conversation after the service.
Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists is covenantal faith community in Odessa that welcomes seekers from all spiritual, theological and philosophical backgrounds who wish to join in a free, rational and responsible search for truth and meaning in their lives. Spirit of Life Unitarian Universalists is located at 18412 Burrell Road, just off Tarpon Springs Road, east of Boy Scout Road) in Odessa. Call (813) 792-1622.