For Your Consideration

The Touchstones Project

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.

Please note that the materials can easily be adapted for use by all liberal, progressive congregations.

Developed over eight years, the Touchstones Project has been dramatically expanded to make a meaningful difference in people's lives: those within your congregation and those who live in the community that your congregation serves.

 

We invite you:

     1. To browse our website to learn how

          what we offer can transform

          your programming.

 

     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 conference call with

          us so that we can answer any

          questions that you and others

          may have.

 

     4. To order a trial subscription for

          three months to implement and

          evaluate our program.

 

     5. To become a member of the

          Touchstones community by

          extending your subscription for the

          balance of the program year, which

          ends in August of each year.

 

Click here for information about subscriptions.

 

  July Theme

Reflections on

 Journey

 

Lynn Hough wrote, “life is a journey and not a destination.” Life is a series of waystations woven together by our journey. No straight line. A meander with dead-ends, amazing vistas, dense forests, cool waters, treasured companions, and mountains, always mountains. It is getting lost and being found again. It is the present moment and distant memory. We use the journey to discover our self.

 

​​Video

#Journey

by Jinto George and Deepak Ashok (2:08)

“A journey to Himalayan Villages.” Lovely!!

Video Link: https://vimeo.com/161838559

 

The Journey of Figuring Things Out

Chris Lombard

     The biggest fears are actually the biggest opportunities.

     …In the quest for safety so much is lost. It is no fun falling down, but it is a disaster to be kept from the possibility.

     …You can take that chance. You can take that leap. You might get hurt but if you know your heart and follow it, whether with a small step or a giant one, you cannot fail. Whether successful or not, what awaits is the same. The mistake is thinking that surviving the leap is everything. Because just by taking the leap do you get all you came for. What you pay in courage is paid back in love.

     Giant leaps cannot be taken all the time. True love and courage can sometimes mean taking a step back. True daring can be choosing another path. One way feels right and the other does not, and you take your best shot at coming from your heart. Whatever then happens is never wrong. Because nature is never wrong. Just like you are never wrong. Mistakes are really just results showing the truth of things. They show you where you are, and if you listen, they also show you what you need to do.

     You are born into the journey of figuring things out as you go…. Searching for your heart and tying your leaps of faith to it. With that comes injury. Sometimes you see the injury, sometimes you just feel it. Cuts show trying. Scars show healing. Loss shows love.

   Source: https://www.awakin.org/read/view.php?tid=2437

   

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Stones with words like hope, love, and peace engraved on them.
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Touchstones Themes 

for 2020-2021

Our theme-year began in

September 2020. Please click on

the pdf icon to access a flyer for

the themes for the year.

Annual theme for 2020-2021

Deepening Connections