Taking It Home
Use your responses on Handout 1: Identifying a Mind Practice to engage with something that fascinates you. If you journal, take some time afterward to write about the experience and its relationship to your spirituality.
Talk with friends, family, housemates, and co-workers about the roles of reason and intellect in their spirituality. Do they use their reason regularly? Do they come from religious traditions that encourage reasoning and rationality? What you find might surprise you!
Read a good book on Unitarian Universalist theology to consider the ways in which intellect and reason inform our religious tradition. Such books include—but are certainly not limited to—Reason and Reverence by William R. Murry, Faith Without Certainty by Paul Rasor, Proverbs of Ashes by Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Ann Parker, Blessing the World: What Can Save Us Now by Rebecca Ann Parker, and A Chosen Faith by Forrest Church and John A. Buehrens.
Reason and Reverence Religious Humanism for the 21st Century
By William R. MurryThis new vision of religious humanism invokes compassion, spirituality and a language of reverence while grounded in reason, community, social responsibility, science and ethics.