Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Spirit of Life: An Adult Program on Unitarian Universalist Spirituality


Part of Spirit of Life

The author wishes to thank the Rev. Jurgen Schwing for permission to use a story from his experience, the Rev. Michelle Favreault for teaching her about "wow words," and Carolyn McDade for blessing this program's use of her song, "Spirit of Life," Copyright (C) 1981 by Carolyn McDade.

The Unitarian Universalist Association is grateful for the thoughtful feedback of the many congregations that participated in the field test in 2007-2008. These congregations are: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fayetteville, AR; North Shore Unitarian Church, West Vancouver, BC; Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach, CA; First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, CA; All Souls Church, Washington, DC; First Unitarian Church, Orlando, FL; Unitarian Universalist Church of Pensacola, FL; Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, GA; Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington-Normal, IL; Unitarian Universalist Church of Joliet, IL; The Unitarian Universalist Church Rockford, IL; Congregational Unitarian Church, Woodstock, IL; Unitarian Universalist Church of Owensboro, KY; Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, MD; Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Houghton, MI; People's Church, Kalamazoo, MI; Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro, Jamestown, NC; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of New Bern, NC; Bismarck Mandan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and Church, Bismarck, ND; Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Las Vegas, NV; Unitarian Universalist Cong. of Central Nassau, Garden City, NY; Unitarian Universalist Church of East Aurora, NY; The Community Church of New York, NY; St. John's Unitarian Universalist Church, Cincinnati, OH; East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, Kirtland, OH; Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Congregation, North Olmsted, OH; First Unitarian Church, Oklahoma City, OK; Kingston (ON) Unitarian Fellowship; Westminster Unitarian Church, E. Greenwich, RI; Unitarian Universalist Church of Chattanooga, TN; First Unitarian Church, Memphis, TN; Oak Ridge (TN) Unitarian Universalist Church; Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, Cedar Park, TX; First Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston, TX; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Waco, TX; Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Blacksburg, VA; Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula, Newport News, VA; and Prairie Lakes Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Ripon, WI.

The editor wishes to thank Adrianne Ross for her tireless project coordination for the Spirit of Life program and other Tapestry of Faith programs for adults, Margy Levine Young and Adrianne Ross for the hard work and technological know-how that has brought the Spirit of Life program to the Internet, Susan Lawrence for detailed and thoughtful manuscript editing, and Judith Frediani for carrying forward the vision of the Tapestry of Faith series. Gratitude also to Tapestry of Faith consultants Marion G. Mason, Ph.D., and Christine Sevilla, M.P.A., M.S., who each provided valuable suggestions and feedback throughout the development of the Spirit of Life program.

We gratefully acknowledge our use of the following materials:

"Balance" by Susan Manker-Seale, reprinted from Everyday Spiritual Practice, Scott Alexander, ed., by permission of Skinner House Books, an imprint of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Copyright (C) 1999.

"Untried Wings" by Elizabeth Tarbox is reprinted from Life Tides by permission of Sarah Tarbox. Copyright (C) 1993 by Elizabeth Tarbox. Published by Skinner House Books, an imprint of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

"Leftovers" by Gordon B. McKeeman is reprinted from Out of the Ordinary by permission of the author. Copyright (C) 2000 by Gordon B. McKeeman. Published by Skinner House Books, an imprint of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Carolyn McDade's "Spirit of Life" is excerpted and adapted from an article by Kimberly French, UU World magazine, Fall 2007 with permission of the author.

Further, we are grateful for field test congregations for their suggested adaptations of the program. In particular, we wish to thank the Unitarian Universalist Church of Owensboro, KY for their very effective adaptation of the "Fruits of the Spirit" activity, which now appears in Workshop 9.