Author: Julie Ohde

NEIUU Book Sharing – 2019

At our June 30 fellowship we discussed the joys of reading and shared some of our favorite books with one another. Below are links to the list we compiled from that service. The list includes the person who recommended the selection so you’ve got someone … read more.

July 2019: Freedom & Responsibility

“Which do you want? Freedom is the ability to set your schedule, to decide on the work you do, to make decisions.
Responsibility is being held accountable for your actions. It might involve figuring out how to get paid for your work, owning your mistakes … read more.

June 2019: Transcendence

Transcendence is a fundamental part of the human experience. Since the dawn of our species, people have been losing themselves in ritualistic prayer, song, and dance. …Most people have had some sort of transcendent experience…and about a third of the population has had “intense experiences … read more.

May 2019: Mystery

In addition to knowledge, there is another force that operates in friendship and intimate relation-ships and that is …mystery. No matter how much we …know those whom we love, we can never fully plumb the depths of their innermost being…. Not only are we mysteries … read more.

April 2019: Salvation/Wholeness

We find our salvation here on earth: showing up for each other with mercy, respect, and compassion. As a people of faith, we are called to a love that is bold, to love beyond our skill and through our fear with courage and compassion. …As … read more.

March 2019: Truth

 Our fourth principle affirms: “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Truth is the philosopher’s passion, the scientist’s North Star, and the poet’s muse.

Rev. Kenneth Patton wrote of a UU meeting house as, “…a house of truth-seeking, where scientists can encourage devotion … read more.

February 2019: Surrender/Letting Go

“Letting go” means letting go of not only distressing and unpleasant things, but also every kind of fixed idea. We carry around so many fixed ideas such as “you” and “I,” “good” and “bad.” You made all of these fixed ideas, and as long as … read more.

January 2019: Grace

Grace is a gift that comes to us unexpected and unbidden. It is the gift of life itself as well as the surprising gifts that bless our lives. Perhaps Mary Oliver’s approach is best. She writes, “You can have the
other words—chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I’ll … read more.