Last week I attended the annual gathering of the Canadian Unitarian Council, the meeting and fellowship of Unitarians from across the country. We met together this year to consider the meaning, the message, and the practice of spiritual leadership. 250 Unitarians, ministers, congregants, activists, leaders and staff members studied spirituality under the guidance of my colleague, our lead 'provocateur,' Rev. Erik Walker Wikstrom, who invited us all –the Christian and the curious, atheists and activists, Thesists and theorists, humanists and humorists -- to delve awhile in the idea that the cold hard line we often draw between the sacred and the secular is an imaginary boundary; that all that ‘woo-woo’ of spirituality is nothing more than our own intentionality that we are free to bring to bear in every meeting, every potluck, every bylaw, every pledge as well as every ritual, liturgy, and prayer. He reminded us that all of us are ministers to one another, and that the purpose of the congregation, in ALL its work is to help us come ALIVE.
I served all weekend as a spirit weaver for the weekend; it was my task to be a kind of WOO-WOO process observer, visiting all 5 learning streams : self as source and open source, the social sphere and social justice, and, how to put the POW in Power.
As a spirit weaver, I was invited to float from stream to stream, rowing that bigger boat
Merrily merrily merrily to a sea of our dreams. I eavesdropped, dipping and dripping and dancing in dining halls; in the elevators, on escalators, I heard excavations of the spirit – people swimming from the rowboat of self to the ocean of Source.
In his invitation to the weekend, Board chair Gary Groot challenged us to reach, to stretch ourselves; and this is the most important spiritual exercise we practiced over the weekend. And so in our final ceremony, I invited the assembled to reach in with the right arm .... then out . . .and put your right arm in . . .and shake it all about. Oh yes, Waterloo, I have converted the whole nation to the idea that Unitarian Universalism demands a hokey-pokey theology . . . that we must put our whole self in . . . (and shake it all about).
See you Sunday, Rev. Jess