April 20, 2014: As we celebrated the Spring and Easter themes of new life and renewal, our Ministerial Intern, Shari Woodbury, led a service about “The Forming Edge of Our Faith.” What do we want Religious Education and Exploration to do for our children, and for ourselves? How does faith formation fit into our “search for meaning and connection,” our aspirations as a congregation to celebrate life, support spiritual growth, and build the world we dream of? In story, sermon and song, we explored what the flourishing of faith might look like for us at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, Indiana. Here is Shari's sermon from this service.

The reading referenced in the sermon is this poem by Jalaluddin Rumi, as translated by Coleman Barks:

You
sit here
for days saying,
This is strange business.
You’re the strange business. You
have the energy of the sun in you,
but you keep knotting it up
at the base of your spine.

You’re some weird kind of gold
that wants to stay melted
in the furnace, so you won’t have to
become coins.

Say ONE in your lonesome house.
Loving all the rest is hiding
inside a lie.

You’ve gotten drunk
on so many kinds of wine.
Taste this. It won’t
make you wild.
It’s fire. Give up,
if you don’t understand
by this time
that your living is firewood.

This wave of talking
builds. Better
we should not speak,
but let it grow within.

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