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UU SpiritLife Conversations

Winter/Spring 2023

UU SpiritLife has offered spiritually focused programs to the three Hartford CT area Unitarian Universalist churches for 5 years, helping UUs to develop and deepen meaningful spiritual lives.

Continuing in that tradition, the conversations below are open to all who wish to participate on a drop-in basis without preregistration.  Participants are asked to read, make notes, and reflect on the session topics (most are linked by clicking the blue underlined text) in advance and come prepared to share their reactions and reflections, as we collectively deepen our spiritual life

The conversations are 90 minutes in length.  All conversations are on Saturday mornings from 9 – 10:30. These zoom gatherings are scheduled for the fourth Saturday of each month except for the May session.  This final session will be on the third Saturday (May 20). It will be in-person only (no Zoom option) in the Brown Program Room at the Universalist Church of West Hartford and will include refreshments and an opportunity to connect in person.

Participants may join the conversations at using the Meeting ID:  952 722 999.  Telephone access to Zoom is available at 646-558-8656.  Please plan to join a few minutes before the 9:00 AM discussion start time. 

To go directly to the zoom conversation room, click here.

January 28.  The Treasures of Life.  We will take a deep dive into the treasures of life through a discussion of Matthew 6:19-21:  “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  Facilitator:  Tom Gervais.

February 25The Grace in Aging.  Kathleen Dowling Singh taught about grace–inherent in our living, our aging, and our dying.  In the linked book introduction and first chapter, she writes about living in presence, authenticity, and radically simple sanity – and a deeply sensed connection to the sacred.  We will share about how grace may light our days, particularly in the later stages of life’s journey.  Facilitator:  David Gonci.

March 25.  Open Up To The Mystery.  Inspired by the words of the late UU minister Forrest Church, we will take up the idea of God as the Great Mystery. What is your idea of God? Whether you have a definite concept of God or if you are just curious, join us for a lively discussion.  Facilitator:  Judy Robbins

April 29.  The Sacred Art of Listening. We live in busy times.  Are we always present for the people in our lives who mean the most to us?  Our discussion on Listening will help provide the most important gift we can give, Sacred Listening.    Facilitator:  Nancy Kemmerer

May 20.  Tending to the Inner Spark of RadianceThe linked reading from John Prendergast is introduced by Adyashanti:   “The spiritual task we are given is a simple one: to attend to that inner spark of radiance, to hold vigil over it until we realize it to be our self, and to dig up and cast off all argument we have with its love.” We will discuss the inner fire of our spirit lives and the spiritual tasks that we undertake to tend them.  Facilitator:  David Gonci