UU SpiritLife

UU SpiritLife Programs

Winter/Spring 2022

UU SpiritLife offers spiritually-focused programs to the three Hartford CT area Unitarian Universalist churches, helping UUs to develop and deepen meaningful spiritual lives.

UU SpiritLife Conversations, is a series of facilitated zoom conversations on spiritual topics, offered on the fourth Saturday mornings, January through April, 9-10:30 AM. This free program is open to all members of the three Hartford area UU churches on a drop-in basis – you don’t need to register or commit to the whole series.  

A May Ingathering of former UU Spiritlife participants is also planned as follows:

On Saturday May 21, 11am – 1:00pm, all who have participated in any SpiritLife program over the past 3 years are invited to a short program, BYO lunch and socializing at the Universalist Church of West Hartford, 433 Fern Street, West Hartford. Beverages and desserts will be provided. No registration is necessary. For questions, contact Judy Robbins, judyrobb2@gmail.com 

Participants are asked to read and reflect on the session topics (linked below) in advance and to come prepared to share their reactions and reflections, as we collectively deepen our spiritual life. 

Click the session title to read the article.

Participants may join the conversations at www.zoom.us using the Meeting ID:  952 722 999.  Telephone access is available at 646-558-8656.  Please plan to join a few minutes before the 9:00 AM discussion start time.  No preregistration necessary.

To go directly to the zoom conversation room, click here

January 29Finding Balance in an Unstable World, by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee.  We are not separate but an integral part of the web of life, which is why we need to find right relationship with each other and the world around us.  Facilitator:  Judy Robbins

February 26. Bishop John Shelby Spong on Being a Mystic. Spong was a prominent religious liberal Episcopalian Bishop.  The focus of this discussion will be on personal experience of our spiritual source and how that affects  our life journeys.  Facilitator:  David Gonci

March 26. Redefining Prayer for UUs. Traditional religions teach people to pray to a supernatural being for something. This “supplication” kind of prayer ignores all the non-traditional ways we UUs can think about prayer. Please read these four short articles before our meeting on March 26. Facilitator: Judy Robbins

·      An Atheist’s Prayer/ Harvard Divinity School archives, Sally Fritsche https://news-archive.hds.harvard.edu/news/2017/07/17/sally-fritche-atheists-prayer#

·      The Power of Non-Religious Prayer, Adam David https://www.adam-david.me/the-power-of-non-religious-prayer/

·      Prayer for Atheists, William Irwin https://iai.tv/articles/prayer-for-atheists-auid-1181

·      Prayer for People Who Don’t Believe in God, Vance Morgan Prayer for People Who Don’t Believe in God | Vance Morgan

April 23.  Mirabai Starr – Wild Mercy. Mirabai explains women mystics’ emphasis on interbeing as well as the innate connection between spiritual seeking and the fate of the earth (note Earth Day is April 22).  Facilitator:  David Gonci

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