Willow

Poem © 2000 Adam Robersmith; Photo © 2002 Donald J. Myers

I locate the sacred in, beyond, and among all things, holding to an open and relational theological stance. I see meaning and wisdom in the interconnectedness of ecology, the perichoresis of the Christian Trinity and the sustaining power of Spirit, and the all-embracing love of my Universalist religious heritage.

 

My spiritual life is contemplative and earth-centered, drawing on the Western contemplative tradition, my love of the natural world, and the stories and practices of my biological and theological ancestors. My spiritual practices include:

  • prayer, meditation, and liturgy in community and in solitude;
  • caring for the land on which I live by learning to live more sustainably and by gardening for productivity and beauty;
  • creating art through a variety of media;
  • appreciation of wisdom, art, and nature through lectio and visio divina;
  • contemplative prayer and stillness; and
  • the work of scholarship and theology.
 

Over time, I have found myself returning to a scholarly ministry, which grounds preaching, teaching, community building and spiritual care in the work of scholarship and reflection on lived experience. I seek to develop theology based in lived reality, speaking to the needs and the possibilities of the time, and offering practical, sustaining guidance for the path ahead. I experience spiritual growth and theological development as processes that allow us to become over time, never static nor perfectly described; instead, always reaching for understanding, developing new connections, finding better ways to live.

 

Both Unitarian Universalism and the AODA make room for a variety of ways in which people understand the universe to work, the ways in which they build their cosmologies. Members of both organizations may be Humanist, Pagan, Buddhist, Christian, or anything else in harmony with the group's ethics; they may be polytheists, monotheists, pantheists, panentheists, animists, or atheists; their spiritual practices may be any combination of worldly or interior, activist or contemplative, practical or mystical. Both communities rely on common principles, actions, and ethics as their core, giving room for each person to grow in their connection to the Sacred in their own ways. I am grateful to have found two communities that are so complimentary, make room for fullness and complexity, and invite people of differing understandings into conversation and spiritual community together.