I ground myself in UU theology, including our tradition of drawing from many sources.
From our Unitarian roots I connect with the belief that the Divine is One and All.
I blend this with the Humanist belief in the power of people and that it is up to us to create the world we wish to live in and pass on to future generations.
From our Universalist roots I connect with the belief that heaven and hell are what we create here on Earth, and that there is a spark of divinity in each of us. We are all worthy.
From our Transcendentalist ancestors, I cherish the belief that everyone is able to directly experience divinity, and that the beauty of nature and art can inspire awe and wonder.
The spiritual practices that ground me come from many traditions. From my family’s Lutheran roots, I cherish a love of ritual and music, especially their power to evoke awe and wonder in individuals and build community. My daily practice include a morning prayer from Earth-centered traditions that calls the directions and gives thanks for the abundance of Mother Earth. In addition to a daily meditation practice, I sit with a UU Buddhist Sangha each week and support that community financially and otherwise. I journal and read sacred texts daily, and hold a broad definition of sacred text that includes poetry and the arts.
You can learn more about my theology through “You, Me and We,” a sermon delivered at First Unitarian-Portland on October 28, 2018. The text of the sermon and prayer are below the video.