Rev. Gary James

Navigating the Season of Darkness

By:  Rev. Gary James

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Navigating the Season of Darkness:

Reflections on the Winter of the Heart

In our generation, to mention spirituality is to evoke images of the long-day suns of summer.  Rarely does the storm of a troubled heart receive its chance to be heard in most American’s approach to spirituality.   We describe ourselves – Unitarian Universalists – as “the children of the enlightenment.”  Optimistic, forward looking, engineers of the future, creating the world of tomorrow – progressively constructing that perfect system, in which all shadows flee away, and all people are made good and happy!  Pragmatic to a fault, we like to shine a bright light on “the problem,” and get it solved.

The journey I want to take with you leads to a different kind of enlightenment, an enlightenment beyond enlightenment.  On this journey, going means letting go, letting go of the light.  It’s not all that hard to get enlightened; what is much more difficult is to keep giving up our sense of the world so that the world, in all of its seasons, especially winter – the season of cold and darkness – can come to us on its own terms, with its vast, pitiless, loving intelligence.

In the winter of the heart one is invited to discover a faith that grapples with pain and uncertainty; grapples with evil, loss, and the mystery of death, and in so doing, discovers hope and a deep joy on the winter-fallow landscape.  This coming Sunday I offer you a meditation on the winter season of the heart and the possibility such a somber reflection offers of insight, strength, endurance, and a sure, sober faith.

 

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Liberating the Spirit

October 19, 2014 Liberating the Spirit Rev. Gary James

Our critics say we are a haven for people who cannot make up their minds; a decompression chamber for those who are traveling from orthodoxy to the golf course. Or as one wit has written, “a Unitarian Universalist is a person who walks the line between confusion and indecision.  Yet the critics are mistaken. It is difficult for the outsider who comes from a conventional church or synagogue background to understand our approach to religion.  Confused by the atmosphere of freedom they often assume there is little or no substance of faith to be found in Unitarian Universalism.

Come and learn the answer to the question: What do Unitarian Universalists believe?

Rev. Gary James

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