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 eleven 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.
Click here for information about subscriptions.
The attempt to find joy in the winter holidays is ancient as illustrated by celebrations of the winter solstice in all of its different guises, including Christmas. Joy is not a switch that can be turned on and off. Like awe, it is an unbidden response to an experience. Perhaps it comes through grace, yet it is always a welcome antidote to the often-tragic circumstances that people endure. But there is more. We can bring joy by our interactions with others: beauty, kindness, care, forgiveness, etc. And we can become joy by cultivating joyfulness within.
Princess Alice Hospice (2:13)
“Gary Andrews' film is about his life with his wife Joy, her sudden death, and the impact this has had on his family. He keeps a daily doodle diary and has used it as a way to work through his and his children’s' grief.” Joy experienced and joy remembered. Very moving.
Video Link: https://vimeo.com/323440783
Our theme-year begins in
September 2022. Please click on
the pdf icon to access the monthly
themes for 2022-2023.
Annual theme for 2022-2023
Themes for 2023-2024 are now being selected. Email us. We would love to see your suggestions!
Joy Is of Many Kinds
Joy is of many kinds. Sometimes it comes silently, opening all closed doors and making itself at home in the desolate heart. It has no forerunner save itself; it brings its own welcome and salutation. Sometimes joy is a compound of many elements: a touch of sadness, a whimper of pain, a harsh word tenderly held until all its arrogance dies, the casting of the eye into the face that understands, the clasp of a hand that holds, then releases, a murmur of tenderness where no word is spoken, the distilled moment or remembrance of day, a night, an hour, lived beyond the sweep of the daily round—joy is often compounded of many things.
There is the joy that is given. There are those who have in themselves the gift of Joy. It has no relation to merit or demerit. It is not a quality they have wrested from the vicissitudes of life. Such people have not fought and won a hard battle; they have made no conquest. To them Joy is given as a precious ingredient in life. Wherever they go, they give birth to Joy in others – they are the heavenly troubadours, earthbound, who spread their music all around and who sing their song without words and without sounds. To be touched by them is to be blessed....
Source: The Mood of Christmas & Other Celebrations
by Howard Turman