November Theme 2020
“A minister is not a doctor (and the church is not a hospital) whose primary task is to take away the pain. Rather, he deepens the pain to a level where it can be shared.” – Henri J. M. Nouwen
This month we will be centering on healing. Pastor AJ will be opening the month on 11/1 with a service dedicated to healing the pain and reconnecting with our ancestors. Pastor AJ is asking you to bring with you a reflection of one or more of your ancestors and a memory of them that involves music and dance. On 11/8 we will be centered on the outcome of the election and healing our wounds as a nation and finally, on 11/15 we will reflect on our Unitarian roots and hope for finding a common interconnectedness for all of humanity. On 11/22 the Justice League and Committee on Shared Ministry will lead us in a continued conversation from Widening the Circle and a call for Reparations both nationally and within PrairieUU. There will also be a shared plate collection with our Front Range UU BIPoC Community. The LifeSpan team will be led by Calisse W on 11/29, the first of our 5th Sunday intergenerational services.
11/1 – The Song of Our Ancestors
11/8 – A Mending Soul
11/15 – The Oneness of Healing
11/22 – Wrestle the Call of Reparations
11/29 – Painting form the Heart
November LifeSpan Details
11/8 - “Ring The Bells”
11/15 - “I Will Be Blessed”
11/22 - “Colours”
11/29 - “The Dog Days Are Over”
11/1 Don’t run away from the hard work of healing!
11/8 Let gratitude heal you
11/15 Listen before you try to help and heal others (2nd principle focus)
11/22 Heal by telling the truth about Thanksgiving (Anti-racism, 4th and 8th ??? (just 7) principle focus)
11/29 Find ways to comfort yourself
Kendra will be handing out Lifespan Education kits for elementary kids at the Harvest Festival on 11/1. If you can’t make it to the festival, please contact Jen S so we can get one to you!
11/1 Introduction to this month's theme of healing 11/8 Discuss the theme of healing from the movie watched (Green Mile)
11/15 Have a conversation about the theme of healing in the movie watched (Collateral Beauty)
11/22 Just a friendly conversation about being with family and the healing power that it brings during the Thanksgiving holiday
11/29 Continue the conversation from the previous week and blend into next month's theme stillness.
11/8 Soul Matters Small Group - Healing
11/15 Soul Matters Small Group - Healing
Prior to each Soul Matters small group meeting, please do one spiritual exercise and one question from the November Small Group Packet available here for those on Prairie Gmail. If you are unable to get the packet, email Janet at JanetS@PrairieUU.org. At the meeting, we will share our experiences with the exercises and the questions. The packet contains several spiritual exercises and questions to choose from, related readings, videos, and music that you may choose to also do.
Soul Matters provides many online resources to help you connect to this month’s theme of Healing: Soul Matters’ support and inspiration Facebook page is here. Soul Matters also curates song playlists to go with the monthly themes, which are available on Spotify here and YouTube here.
Reflecting and Practicing at Home
- Practice turning our pain into connection.
- Practice letting go of the life you wished for.
- Practice forgiving yourself for being imperfect.
- Practice moving beyond apology to repair.