Life Breaking Forth – Anew

Sunday, April 12, 2020, 10:45am

Lou Ness, Guest Speaker

Within the center of our confinement – Life is Breaking Forth – Anew. Without human intervention the season changes, tiny plants begin to show colors. I ask myself, What will I be left with in this new making self? Who will I be when I step back on the other side – Newly made from my experience? Is this not the essence of Easter? Resurrecting self, newly made out of struggle.

We will take a special collection for Interfaith Community for Detained Immigrants (ICDI)

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Commitment Sunday

Sunday, April 5, 2020 10:45am

Judy Stettner

Together we will recommit ourselves to this congregation and what it stands for and the richness it brings to our lives.

Join us for this inspirational service with original music from Cassandra and a new member welcome.
Enjoy this video teaser https://www.dropbox.com/s/10qn7gbzze433it/Cherish%20the%20Flame%204.mp4?dl=0
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Soul Matters at Tree of Life – Liberation

As we are surrounded by the chaos and alien atmosphere of the unfolding pandemic, much of the life we know is either in lockdown or heavily under siege.  At this point we’ve barely entered the tunnel of unknowns and we are nowhere near to seeing the light at the end of it.  We are physically confined …..and  maybe times like this call for letting our spirit test its wings.

Speaking to this possibility is the poem, With This Time, by Emma Zeck,  and offered here as an excerpt:

          ……What if we became curious with this free time,

& had no agenda other than to experience being?

What if you created art for the sake of creating?

What if you allowed yourself to rest  &  cry  & l augh

&  play  &  get curious about whatever arises in you?

What if our true purpose is in this space?

As if mother earth is saying:  we can no longer carry on this way. 

The time is now – I am reminding you who you are.  Will you remember?

          The April Soul Matters packets offer materials to explore the meaning and possibilities of “liberation” –  to reflect on how we can experience it in our lives and how it is a part of sharing in community.   We use this theme for worship and for faith formation in our RE program and chalice circles.  The Soul Matters resource packet can be accessed here.   Unfortunately, for now there are no printed copies to hand out but if you are receiving this online, we’re hoping you can read or download the packet from the link.

May we all be sheltered in the heart of community,

M. E. Tanabe

This Sunday and Beyond

On Sunday, March 22, 2020 we will offer our first online service at 10:45am. In place of the previously planned Speaking Words of Wisdom service that was planned for that Sunday we will offer the missed Promise and Practice of our Faith service that was planned for March 15th. On Sunday the 29th, Gina Swinney will be with us (virtually) for our service. April 5th will be Commitment Sunday – please commit to joining us in this brave new world of online services.

We will be offering our services using Zoom. https://zoom.us/ You will find the link to Zoom and Sunday worship below. Services start at 10:45am but we suggest you log in at 10:30am to get settled in our Zoom sanctuary.

Zoom is not scary and is free and easy to use. Here is quick tutorial video for using Zoom from your computer. https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-How-Do-I-Join-A-Meeting-

If you are going to use your smartphone or tablet, you will want to go to your app store and get the Zoom app first. The icon for Zoom is a blue and white video camera.

Once you are in Zoom for the service, we will do a little Zoom housekeeping where we show you where things are so you can get the most out of the service. We will have you muted and will probably keep you muted for most of the service to cut down on background noise so everybody can hear the service.

Topic: Sunday Worship at Tree of Life UU
Time: Mar 22, 2020 10:30 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Sun, until May 24, 2020, 10 occurrence(s)

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Speaking Words of Wisdom

Sunday, March 22, 2020, 10:45am

The magic of poetry is that it can often distill big ideas into few words, using language that encourages us to look at things in a different way. With National Poetry Month just around the corner, the TOLUUC Poetry Group will share some of their favorite poems, and the wisdom they have found in these writings.

Image credit: Image by cromaconceptovisual from Pixabay

Soul Matters at Tree of Life: Being a Community of Wisdom

Wisdom is a funny word.  We often use it interchangeably with the word knowledge.  If you search Pixabay for images related to “wisdom”, you’ll find a lot of pictures that feature books, which certainly does reflect that we associate wisdom with what books have to offer.

And yet, with a little reflection on knowledge, it’s easy to accept that it is acquired by collecting information while wisdom seems to suggest a more internal process that shows a larger understanding and a capability for using knowledge.   

            The March Soul Matters packets offer materials to explore the meaning and possibilities of “wisdom” –  to reflect on how we can experience it in our lives and how it is a part of sharing in community.   We use this theme for worship and for faith formation in our RE program and chalice circles.  The Soul Matters resource packet can be accessed here  If you need a printed copy, please feel free to take one from those available in the fellowship room or ask for a copy, if they’re gone.   You might also like joining a chalice circle to share your insights and hear what others are saying – you can find information about signing up for a circle  here and there are also flyers in the fellowship room.

Wishing you joy in community,

M. E. Tanabe

The Sage Within

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 10:45am

Lou Ness

Oh, Wisdom do you come as the gentle wind on a spring day, the blustery gale that blows across the mighty waters or are you the breathe of the Holy One, whispering in my ear – listen?” Anon.

I have been told that confusion is the beginning of wisdom. Can a child possess wisdom, or does wisdom require the forging of life through suffering and turmoil? Is wisdom at the ready? In this moment I know this – that I have the wisdom to know that I don’t know and as people of faith, perhaps that’s the best place to start.