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

Taking It Home: Roots Hold Me Close: Tradition, Teachers, and Spiritual Formation

Part of Spirit of Life

We covenant to affirm and promote acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.

The living tradition we share draws from... words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love. —Principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association

Talk with friends, family, co-workers, and housemates about their spiritual roots. Share with them some of the ideas you had about your own roots in today's workshop.

Take some time to notice how the roots that "hold you close" are related to the wings that "set you free" as you relate to the Spirit of Life. Reflect or journal on what you notice.

You may wish to set up an altar or centering table at home, with symbols from your roots. You may wish to include pictures of ancestors, role models, mentors, teachers, or objects that remind you of them such as flowers they admired or food they liked.

Take a walk around your congregation's meeting space. What objects, signs, and symbols do you see? If you are a long-time member or newly participating, what meaning or messages do the objects, signs, and symbols convey to you? Do these objects, signs, and symbols give you a sense of roots? Where do you find a presence of the Spirit of Life in the building and grounds?