At today’s UU service, we spent most of our time in small discussion groups. I chose the Spiritual Walks group and learned some about several people and where they are on their journey. I also shared a little.
Between us there were experiences with many religions – we are or had been Jews, Buddhists, many flavors of Protestants, Catholics, New Age, atheists, agnostics, and probably more – but it seemed everyone’s stories led back to a central theme. We were looking for a place to learn and believe as we felt led, without judgment, and where we could have a sense of community in our pursuits.
In the spirit of sharing spiritual walks, here are a few quotes I’m mulling over and being inspired by this afternoon.
“Let us just be side by side — helping, respecting, and understanding each other — in common effort to serve humankind. The aim of human society must be the compassionate betterment of human beings.”
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Kindness, Clarity, and Insight
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control”
– Galatians 5:22-23, New American Standard Bible
“Speak tenderly to them. Let there be kindness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile, in the warmth of your greeting. Always have a cheerful smile. Don’t only give your care, but give your heart as well.”
– Mother Teresa