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Introduction, Session 3: Love is the Spirit of this Church

In "Love Connects Us," a Tapestry of Faith program

Love is something if you give it away, you end up having more. — Malvina Reynolds (from the song "Magic Penny")

This session explores the essence of a beloved community as sharing the good times as well as the bad with each other; this is what creates a true spirit of love in a religious community. When people are tied together by the spirit of love, we share the ordinary moments of life as well as the momentous occasions. When love is the basis of a shared experience, we are motivated to overcome conflict and reach out to help one another. Therefore, when love is the spirit of the congregation, our religious community helps us, each and all, to grow and to support one another in both good times and bad.

One way people in Unitarian Universalist communities share with each other is by lighting candles of joys and concerns (Activity 4). If your congregation regularly engages in this ritual, this session will place the ritual for these participants in a context of how people in caring communities support one another. If sharing joys and concerns is not a ritual of your congregation, you may want to replace Activity 4 with one of the alternate activities.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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