Enlightenment in Unitarian Universalism
with The Reverend
Gordon Clay Bailey
Come worship with the UUs!
Since the introduction of Buddhist texts to the United States in the mid-nineteenth century, Buddhism has been very influential among Unitarians and, over the last thirty years, Unitarian Universalists.
Early Unitarians, such as Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Fuller, and Ralph Waldo Emerson responded with great enthusiasm to Buddhism’s emphasis on individual experience, rather than appeal to scriptures or belief in miraculous events, as the basis for authority in spiritual matters. Join us on December 6th as we celebrate Bodhi Day and our UU connections to this spiritual path.
In order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the UUCLV congregation has suspended most in-person programs and events for the time being.
UUCLV will be holding Virtual Worshipful Gatherings on Sundays until such a time that we can come together in-person again.
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Introduction & Zoom Orientation
Ringing the Bell
Invocation & Opening Words
Singing Together: Let this be a House of Peace
Reading: Thich Nhat Hanh
We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the Earth. Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.
There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way.
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
My actions are my only true belongings. I cannot escape the consequences of my actions. My actions are the ground upon which I stand.
The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.
People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom?
If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.
In true dialogue, both sides are willing to change.
Offering and Invitations
Offertory Music by Sky Barton
Of Our Hearts
Pastoral Hymn: #1009 Meditation on Breathing
Pastoral Reflection & Silence
Boundless Goodwill #596
Let us cultivate boundless goodwill.
Let none deceive another, or despise any being in any state.
Let none in anger or ill-will wish another harm.
Even as a mother watches over her child, so with boundless mind should one cherish all living beings,
Radiating friendliness over the whole world,
Above, below, and all around, without limit.
Musical Interlude by Sky Barton
Let’s Talk About It
What should I do with my eyes when I meditate?
What vows do Buddhists take and why?
What are some good LGBTQ dharma books?
Why does my breathing feel uncomfortable in meditation?
What is “Secular Buddhism”?
Closing Song: #1008 When Our Hearts are in a Holy Place
Benediction and Extinguishing the Chalice
Postlude by Sky Barton