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Theme Resource Flyer 2013 MARCH

Theme Resource Flyer 2013 MARCH

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MARCH 2013

UUofSCV Mission
Theme-Based Ministry Resource Flyer
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Clarita Valley enhances the lives of members through spiritual development and active service in the community. We offer a diverse, non-dogmatic spiritual home to all who share our values as defined by the Unitarian Universalist Association. We provide a liberal religious voice, a social justice presence in the Santa Clarita Valley, and a stimulating and supportive environment to help our members on their own spiritual journeys during all stages of their lives.
Draw or write about something you have let go of, or need to let go of.

We are born with closed hands and spend the first many years learning to open them, learning to reach for and receive the gifts of life. Over time we learn to stash away in pockets and secret drawers our found treasures - in order to make it possible for us to reach out for new ones. Over the course of decades this reaching and stashing can become habitual, feeding the belief that there’s “always more” to desire and acquire. It can also become overwhelming when what is held is simply too big and burdensome to carry. This month’s theme of “letting go” encourages conscious attention to those objects, experiences, identities, relationships, values, hopes or regrets that we have had to let go of, as well as those that we might recognize as needing to be released. The practice of letting go gracefully is recognized as essential to spiritual and psychological health. Most religious traditions stress the need to let go of ego-driven habits of

Letting Go

thought and behavior that might otherwise remain clenched in the fist of the heart or mind. Along those lines, every religious tradition provides stories, rituals and directives to help people access the courage needed to “let go”. Why? Because we’ve spent so much time learning to grasp, that letting go can feel quite challenging! Many Unitarian Universalists engage with this issue symbolically through the Sunday ritual of Joys & Sorrows and, practically, through things like Covenant Groups and Voluntary Simplicity initiatives. Most regularly examine their own beliefs, prejudices and habits - in order to determine what next to let go of “in the name of love, peace, justice, freedom and reason.” What are you letting go of, and what helps you do so? In Awe & Gratitude, Rev. Stefanie

Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00 PM “SHARING CIRCLE”: a
meditative evening of personal reflections on LETTING GO. Invite a friend! Led by Gerri Brehm, at the Chalice Center.

Unitarian Universalists of Santa Clarita Valley
Website: http://uuofscv.org

Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. 22900 Market St., Newhall, CA
The UUofSCV Chalice Center 22916 Lyons, Suite 2B (Check the calendar for hours)

The Reverend Stefanie Etzbach-Dale

MOVIES: • The  Bucket  List  (PG-­‐13) • Interview  with  a  Vampire  (R) • Thelma  &  Louise  (R) • Ghost  (PG-­‐13) • What  Dreams  May  Come  (PG-­‐13) • How  To  Die  in  Oregon  (NA) • Tree  of  Life  (PG-­‐13) • Caspar  (PG) • Ice  Age  (G) BOOKS  FOR  ADULTS: • Life  and  Loss.    By  Bob  Deits • One  Year  to  Live.    By  Stephen  Levine • The  Year  of  Magical  Thinking.    By  Joan   Didion • On  Death  and  Dying.    By  Elisabeth   Kubler-­‐Ross • Switch:    How  To  Change  Things  When   Change  is  Hard.    By  Chip  &  Dan  Heath • Still  Here:    Embracing  Aging,  Changing   and  Dying.    By  Ram  Dass BOOKS  FOR  CHILDREN: • Tear  Soup.    By  Pat  Schweibert • Grandma’s  Scrapbook.    By  Josephine   Nobisso • Sad  Isn’t  Bad.    By  R.  W.  Alley • What  Was  I  Scared  Of?    By  Dr.  Seuss • The  Next  Place.    By  Warren  Hanson • Lifetimes.  By  Bryan  Mellonie  and   Robert  Ingpen   RESOURCES  FROM  THE  SINGING  THE   LIVING  TRADITION  HYMNAL: #468,  We  Need  One  Another,  #646,  The   Larger  Circle,  #558,  For  Everything   There  is  a  Season,  #718,  All  Souls,  by   May  Sarton,  #720,  We  Remember  them,   #721,  They  Are  With  Us  Still


• Is  letting  go  a  positive  or  negative  

experience? • What  have  you  had  to  let  go  of?    How   has  that  changed  you? • What  would  you  like  to  let  go  of,  and   why?

Quotes to consider:
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. When I let go of what I have, I receive what I need. – Tao Te Ching “The greatest step towards a life of simplicity is to learn to let go.” Steve Marboli Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values. – Dalai Lama Let go of your attachment to being right, and suddenly your mind is more open. Ralph Marston “There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.” Terry Pratchett We must be willing to let go of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go. Jessica Hatchigan You can only lose what you cling to. Buddha Leggo your ego.

A  Zen  Story  About  Letting  Go Two  monks,  Tanzan  and  Ekido,   having  taken  vows  of  poverty  and   celibacy,  were  walking  silently   along  a  muddy  road.    As  they  came   around  a  bend  in  the  road,  they   saw  a  lovely  young  woman   standing  at  the  banks  of  a  swollen   river.    She  was  dressed  in  a  eine   silk  gown,  crying  bitterly  because   she  could  not  cross  the  river  on   her  own  without  spoiling  her   clothes.    The  monks  were  troubled   about  what  to  do,  as  they  had   taken  vows  not  to  touch  women.     Overcome  with  compassion  for   her  plight,  Tanzan  einally  lifted  her   up  and  carried  her  across.     Continuing  on  their  silent  journey,     Ekido  became  increasingly   aggitated,  hufeing  and  grimacing,   until,  after  many  hours,  einally   breaking  the  silence:    “We  monks   are  not  supposed  to  touch  women,   and  yet  you  picked  up  that   beautiful  young  woman.    What   kind  of  monk  are  you?”    Tanzan   looked  at  him  with  great  kindness   and  said:    “I  left  the  girl  on  the  far   bank  of  the  river  she  needed  to   cross.    Why  are  you  still  carrying   her?”

Next month’s theme is


UUofSCV’s Theme-Based Ministry is a religious education program offering a variety of opportunities for people of all ages to engage with timeless theological themes - encouraging spiritual literacy, relationships, and a stronger sense of responsible personal theology. The 2012-2013 (September-May) themes are: unity, vocation, gratitude, peace, grace, prayer, letting go, salvation, and truth. Contact Rev. Stefanie (at minister@uuofscv.org) to speak with her about your ideas on this month’s theme, or if you have a book, poem, film, story, practice, or service project recommendation relating to next month’s theme. You may also contact the contact the Committee on Shared Ministry: Rick Kamlet, Sara Brown, Gerri Brehm.

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