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The View From Here – November 3, 2023

Nov 3, 2023

Greetings Church Family,

I pray that each of you are well these days.
This month, as we reflect on the theme of Generosity, I hope you’ll spend some time thinking and wondering about your spiritual journey of giving and receiving–the generous spirit. Would you say that it’s easier to give and harder to receive? Or the other way around? How does your belief system align with Generosity? What has church given you, and what gifts have you brought to church?
One of the things I love about our UU tradition is how it encourages and honors asking questions. We are part of a long line of people who have searched for truth and meaning in our lives; who have been open to being led to new places and deeper understandings. This spirit of searching is one of the greatest gifts this faith has given me.

As we explore these questions in the coming weeks, I hope you’ll be part of the conversation. How you talk about your religious perspective, or describe your spiritual life, builds a sense of well-being. It deepens our capacities to be contemplative and soulful. It requires a slowing down of mind, so that one can properly consider matters of the heart. All of this takes intention and attention, which is, at its core, the spiritual life–and right now the healing of our world depends on people who are grounded in soul and spiritually fit, don’t you think?
I am deeply grateful for the generous spirit of this church. The sanctuary is bursting on Sundays–overflowing with kind and loving people of all backgrounds and beliefs who genuinely care about one another’s well-being, and the well-being of those suffering in our world. This is no small thing. It is the hope we need in days such as these.
Stay connected to one another, reach out if you need to, and see you in church Dear Ones.
With love and in faith,
Rev. Sophia

Reverend Sophia Lyons
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Rev. Sophia is committed to radical welcome and spreading the good news that is our bold Unitarian Universalist faith. Some of her areas of interest include interfaith partnerships, addictions ministry, spiritual direction, and working towards collective liberation for all. Rev. Sophia aspires to live her life and fulfill her ministry guided by spiritual seeking, big love, and the seven principles of Unitarian Universalism.

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