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Spiritual Preparation, Session 14: The Gift Of Spirit

In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program

Being a part of a faith community is a decision one makes as an adult. Whether or not you were born a Unitarian Universalist, it is now the faith community you have chosen. Take a moment and reflect on how, when and where you share the gift of spirit in your faith community.

How does your congregation share joys and concerns? If you are a small congregation, you may have an opportunity every Sunday to stand during the service and speak. If you are a larger congregation, what opportunities do you have to share your spirit with others? Perhaps you share your spirit in song, or by volunteering your time, or by providing others with the attention, support or understanding they need.

Have there been times when you held back from sharing your joys and concerns, or in some other way resisted sharing your spirit? Children do not enter into community with the same "guards" as adults. They readily share their gift of spirit, even if they do not name it. Allow the gift of spirit the children share with you be part of the joy of this session's experience.

Think about the times you did feel your own spirit affirmed, times you have felt part of a spiritual community. Bring that positive and nurturing energy with you to this session.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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