When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.
- Walt Whitman (1819-1892) from Leaves of Grass
The soul suffers when we lack reverence.
We live in an age that understands respect — respect earned through achievement, power, or actions.
We live in an age that understands rights, obligations, and sets of commitments.
But we have difficulty experiencing reverence because it comes from a deeper place.
Reverence requires an experience of “otherness,” the “thou-ness” of that other who crosses our path.
- D. Stephenson Bond
At a recent monthly Quiet Day gathering at the Alcyon Center in Seal Cove, I heard a woman offer a definition of the word spirit that has stayed with me. “Spirit,” she said, is “animating courage.” How is spirit (understood as such) present & nurtured in your life? How does being a part of a religious community and spiritual home strengthen this capacity within you and to what end?
UUCE Choir will sing!
The UUCE Winter Parish Meeting will follow the service and a short break coffee break. We will vote re: Called Ministry for Rev. Sara.
Read our January Newsletter.