Thirty-five percent of Americans over forty-five are chronically lonely,” reports David Brooks in his latest book, The Second Mountain. “Only eight percent of Americans report having important conversations with their neighbors in a given year. Former surgeon general Vivek Murthy wrote in the Harvard Business Review, ‘During my years caring for patients, the most common pathology I… Read More
This fall we have been exploring the underpinnings of what constitutes a flourishing life. Sunday we will welcome our newest members and ponder the nutrient-dense spiritual food consciously loving another person provides. Could there be any flourishing without that?
I can’t resist the urge to share the following by the novelist and theologian Fredrick Buechner. I wince a bit at Buechner’s use of the male pronoun for the word “preacher,” but grant it to him this time, because Buechner was a preacher, male, and the following is more than a bit autobiographical.
This Sunday we will look at a complimentary practice—a practice, anchored in ancient wisdom teachings and designed—in the true spirit of the word “practice”—to facilitate transformation.
Unity frequently has been associated with the tagline “Practical Christianity.” This Sunday we will ground our inquiry of what constitutes a flourishing life in a concrete practice designed to help us grow not only grow in our awareness of God’s presence in our daily lives, but also in our discernment of where and how we are being called to flourish.
Almost every culture has a fable similar to that of the Ugly Duckling—a tale of one who doesn’t fit in, doesn’t live up to his full potential because neither he nor those around him see who he truly is.
Creeping meaninglessness is a private cost of making the nature of the flourishing life a mere matter of taste. There is public cost as well: cultural “dialogue” about the meaning of human life and about our [corresponding values] ends up looking like the shouting talking heads of cable news.
What is the purpose of our lives?
What kind of human being is worth being?
What kind of world is worth inhabiting?
It rained this week. I was looking for something in my closet and wondered, what is that noise? It’s been that long. I stepped outside and was instantly struck by rain’s sweet aroma, a cleansing, a quenching of something parched deep within, a smell of hope and renewal. … Read More
That may be one of the most critical questions we ask. How do our desires promote—or detract—from a flourishing life? Join us this Sunday as we continue a conversation about what Volf asserts is the entirety of the Christian faith: flourishing life—good life, true life, abundant life, or the life that really is life.