BASE CAMP FOR YOUR QUEST
In his blog, "Throw yourself like seed," Andy Pakula, a UU minister serving a congregation in London, suggests that an ideal congregation would be one that is "a base camp for life's expedition."
Dictionary.com defines a base camp as "a main encampment providing supplies, shelter, and communications for persons engaged in wide-ranging activities."
Here at the Fellowship, we strive to be just such an encampment for our friends and members, who are engaged in many wide-ranging activities. We believe that we are all always seeking, always learning, always growing: we are all works in progress.
Because of this, "religious education" is definitely not limited to Sunday school for children! It is much more comprehensive, and so much more exciting: spiritual growth is truly the work of a lifespan. For this reason, several years ago we re-envisioned our religious education program as our Lifespan Faith Development program. The purpose of the Lifespan Faith Development Program is to:
Nurture a sense of UU identity;
Foster spiritual growth;
Provide a foundation for a transforming faith; and,
Cultivate vital, creative communities of justice &
Opportunities abound at the Fellowship for adults as well! From classes offered by the Minister, Northwest Institute discussion courses, Small Group Ministry, a Drumming Circle, SoulCollage workshops, a Poetry Circle, spiritually themed movie nights, book discussion groups, a bridge club, to a zen meditation group, there truly is something for everyone.
To read Reverend Pakula's entire blog entry, click here.