“Your identity is not a suitcase you can lose at the airport.”
Gathering the Shards: Exploring Vestiges of Faith, Culture and Identity Saturday, January 27, 2018, 9:30am - 4:00pm
Our spiritual lives are multi-lingual; religion is only one language of the soul. In our neck of the woods, only one-third of adults identify as "religious." The national average is fifty to seventy-five percent. "Your Haunting Church." That was the name of a Sunday School curriculum in the Unitarian Church many years ago. Someone else described his experience as a "spiritual aftertaste" that has remained years after he left his childhood faith community, yet he finds it still shapes him, for better and worse.
In the midst of all the critical conversations we are having with each other right now, where does spiritual identity come into the conversation? What is grounding us, guiding us and leading us into the practices and actions that invite us into authentic and wonder-full relationship with one another? In this day-long workshop we will gather the shards, literally and symbolically, of our past and present faith lives, gently exploring the wounded places, sifting out those shards of meaning and beauty and ultimately, nurturing space for new ways of inhabiting our identities as spiritual people that serve our calling as humans being here and now. We'll listen, reflect, explore, express and share through dialogue, reading and creative expression.
First Churches, Northampton *please let me know if you have mobility issues Sliding scale $60 - 125 includes lunch and art supplies