For Your Consideration
An Intriguing Way
of Doing Church
A Unitarian Universalist congregation can transform the people it serves, inspiring them to help transform the world. This requires an intentional, sustained, integrated, holistic process of deepening that informs, nurtures, and challenges.
Developed over twelve years, this theme-based ministry project has been dramatically expanded to make a meaningful difference in people's lives within your congregation.
We invite you:
1. To browse our website to learn how
what we offer can transform
2. To request our materials for the
theme of beauty to facilitate a
comprehensive review by your staff and key volunteers.
3. To schedule a call with us so that we
can answer any questions that you
4. To order a trial-subscription for
three months to implement and
evaluate our program.
5. To extend your subscription for the
balance of the program year, which
ends in August of each year.
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It’s hard to imagine something more important than hope. It helps us imagine possibilities that otherwise would be unthinkable. It helps us endure difficult times. It gives us the courage to overcome obstacles. It spurs us to action. Without hope, we could not survive, let alone thrive. Hope adapts to circumstances, and often, hope leads to more hope. It is indeed the thing with feathers singing in our souls, the thing that sings without words—forever.
The Shawshank Redemption
This movie is about redemption which includes hope. These two clips from the ending of the film speak to the importance of hope.
Hope is a good thing…. (4:56)
Link to clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAYXlC59yWs
Shawshank Redemption Ending (1:54)
Link to clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRBl0GPBm4o
Special for 2023-2024
The annual theme for the the year September 2023 to August 2024 year is Reimagining the Common Good. The monthly themes include the seven values that are proposed for Section C-2.2. Values and Covenant in Article II of the UUA Bylaws: Love, Interdependence, Pluralism, Justice, Transformation, Generosity, and Equity to replace the seven principles. See the
Overview for 2023-2024 by
clicking the PDF icon.
At age sixteen [Frank Conroy] …worked selling hot dogs at a stand in a subway station. It was a dreary place to work and dreary work to do. Down the corridor from him was a shoeshine stand attended by two men.
…Here is the unusual thing he noticed about the two men: they were always staring into the distance. Talking, working, smoking, waiting: their eyes were always somewhere else. …He realized that they never looked at anything in their immediate vicinity. They …rubbed in the polish, brushed and buffed the shoes by feel, all the while looking over their shoulders into the distance, as if awaiting some arrival.
…Conroy writes, …their staring off, he suggests, was an assertion of autonomy, a ritual of freedom, a persistence of vision. In the darkness of the subway, their eyes still registered light. The image of hope within was held intact. My body is here, their eyes said, but that is all. My soul is somewhere else, far away from here, above the ground where the light is. The back that is bent over your shoes belongs to a person who stands up straight. Just because you are up there in that chair, and I am down here at your feet, does not mean that I am any less than you.