Six-Week discussion centers on Unitarian/Universalist Sources

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WALPOLE, N.H. — Join members and friends of the Walpole Unitarian Church for a six-week exploration of the UUA faith. The "Sources" discussion group will be held every other Tuesday beginning Oct. 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Hastings Parish House on Union Street behind the church.

Music, history, meditation, art, and group discussion come into play as the group explores the rich Unitarian Universalist tradition through the wellsprings of the Sources. This is an opportunity to explore the UU faith.

Following each meeting, participants will share a meal. Bring your own main course, hot and cold beverages provided.

"The living tradition which we share draws from many sources:

- Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life.

- Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love.

- Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and

spiritual life.

- Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.

Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.

Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature."

"Speaking generally, I think of the Principles as expressing and appealing to the rational, Unitarian aspect of our faith, and the Sources as expressing and addressing the more affective Universalist heart," Rev. Bomford said. "A Principle is a statement of a purpose or truth to which we give our reasoned assent and support. A Source, on the other hand, energizes and nurtures us."

We don't necessarily have to give our assent to any source of strength or wisdom, she added. We simply identify with it and tap into it - or not. We affirm our Principles.

Beyond that, we draw strength from our Sources.

"The Sources teach us to live in the here and now in the context of the sacred," she said. "Living connected to the traditions, or to a tradition, articulated in the Sources helps us to manifest our Principles."

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