The UU Church of Fresno (in Clovis, CA) offers year-round Spiritual Quest Groups, small lay-led weekly discussion meetings participants delve deeply into Unitarian Universalist principles or covenant. They work together to learn right relationships, deep listening and communication skills as they grow together on their spiritual journey.
As a part of their Green Sanctuary process, Linda Mack, a member of the church, prepared a new Spiritual Quest curriculum called “Building a Theology of Ecology.” The curriculum was designed to foster the development of a theology of ecology, helping people to articulate their emotional and spiritual connection to the earth, the meaning they find in life that sustains their hope, and the moral responsibility that impels them to action. Linda put together eight sessions, beginning with an introductory session, explaining the process, deep listening, and a covenant of right relationship, with the question to be considered based on the 7th Principle. The topics she developed were “Awe and Wonder”, “Sense of Place”, “Simplicity”, “Wild Nature/Human Nature”, “Environmental Justice”, “Technology/Ecology” and the concept of “Evo/Devo”. Each sessions’ curriculum included a chalice lighting, topic introduction, readings, questions, and closings. This curriculum was then offered to three Spiritual Quest Groups at the church.
Two members of the groups added sessions that they had prepared. (Linda writes: “A sign of success!”) These included “Simplicity as a Spiritual Practice”, “Connecting with Nature”, “Animals, Humanity’s Place in the Web.”
At the concluding session participants were invited to wrote a credo. Some of the credo’s written by members of the UU Church of Fresno are: (more…)