To the extent that each person can feel like a naturalist, the old excitement of the untrammeled world will be regained. I offer this as a formula of re-enchantment to invigorate poetry and myth: mysterious and little know organisms live within walking distance of where you sit.
Splendor awaits in minute proportions. -
E.O. Wilson

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Let the Adventures Begin

This coming Sunday, July 11, at 9 AM, we will gather at the UUCUV Meeting House begin our adventures. The Spirit in Nature boardwalk has been repaired enough to give us access to our land for this week and, hopefully, will be rebuilt (can you help?) before we meet again on July 25. Remember, July 18 the whole congregation is invited to the Stafford UU Fellowship worship service; so we will not meet on that date.

This Sunday we will begin by exploring the idea of the importance of a "Geography of Childhood", and each of you will be invited recall a place that is in some way "sacred" to you, a place that summons up special recollections or emotions or meaning. There will be suggestions for how to create a "map"of that place in a way that is meaningful to you. If you are attending with your children, depending on their ages, you will have a chance to hear from them about the places that are special to them and what makes them so.

Then each family group or individual adult will be invited to walk the land and find a place there that calls to you as a somewhere to return to and learn from for the next five services. This new "geography" is waiting for you right now!
I hope you will try exploring some of the other information on the blog or do the activity for this week. Post your comments about your goals or expectations for this rather unusual worship series.
See you Sunday!

You might want to bring along:
Casual, comfortable clothing you can get dirty
An umbrella or rain jacket if it seems reasonable
A small towel, blanket, cushion, or stool (if it is difficult for you to sit on the ground there are also benches along the path and you may want to choose to use those)
Water in reusable container
A SPECIAL NOTE ON INSECT REPELLENT AND SUNSCREEN: Some members of our congregation are extremely sensitive to some chemicals including those in these products. Please refrain from applying these to yourself or your children. I will have some effective and acceptable alternatives to share with you.

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