Show Your Soul

Writings and artworks by members and friends of White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church

BALANCE: the practice of grace

Grace by Don Lifto To save or be saved? Healing balm, salvation’s grace (It’s not about me!)   The Haiku above contains two emotive and spiritual words –generally understood, but uttered infrequently in every-day conversation:  grace and balm.  In referencing the Merriam-Online Dictionary, it is interesting that it is the second meanings for both words, not the primary definitions, which speak to us from the seventeen beats of the Haiku.  The technical definition of balm is an oily, pleasant smelling substance from specific tropical trees used to heal or protect the skin. ...

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CELEBRATION: the practice of naming

After picking a handful of wildflowers later - Shutting my eyes their beauty is Still in my head —Gail DiezThat Day Is he alone who has courage on his right hand and faith on his left hand? Charles Lindbergh That day is waiting, Imminently, Off-stage, In the wings, When the mathematics change— When a given is taken away. Perhaps they all wanted a nickname, A moniker, a distinctive sobriquet, Those changing, giddy adolescent girls Who gathered at the lunch table In that small town high school cafeteria. She wore hers with a jaunty aspect. Carol became Charlie, Charlie Lindberg, The flying...

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TRUTH: the practice of diving and divining

Photos by Ken StewartYES For Henry 2012 from Grandma Nancy maybe with enough pepper and after the sandals fall apart some actual boots then maybe the mountain becomes climbable never mind the coyotes (they’re  cowardly) jungle drums will fade and the blare of sun will slowly blend into velvet dark the purple sax blues an invitation to the Yes that comes venturing up over the horizon from the edge of the world out of the surf tall cool and ready Yes —Rev Nancy Holden This piece includes text from the song “Lao Rahal Soti” by the musician Samih Shqer. The song discusses...

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Spirit: the practice of inhaling and exhaling

Too Small Imagine a proton. Desperately watching the electrons orbit them. Imagine an atom, buzzing amongst the others. Imagine an element, trying to make a difference in the world. Imagine a cell trying to create and preserve life. Imagine an organ, working with other organs to keep somebody alive. Imagine a human, working to keep a job. Imagine a family, trying to comfort each other in the dark of night. Imagine a village trying to flee the raiders. Imagine a country trying to flee the raiders. Imagine a continent trying to get the chaos to cease. Imagine Earth trying to live, but there...

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Submission: the practice of claiming power

I was reflecting on the May theme SUBMISSION: The Pract ice of claiming power, and one of the photos I contributed to the art show came into my mind and became a wonderful metaphor for me to think about this theme. The glacier slowly moves toward the sea and eventually calve s enormous chunks of ice into it. So… is the glacier submitting to the sea and claiming power, or is the see claiming power and submitting to the glacier? Does it matter if the glacier is retreating, as most glaciers are, or advancing, as this one currently is? Where are there parallels to the metaphor in my...

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Immanence: the practice of blessing the world

SELF TALK FOR TROUBLED TIMES You are old, maybe wise enough to know what you must resist courageously, where you need to persist wholeheartedly. Isn’t it obvious when you wake grateful for this sweet body that carries you, blessed by this tender earth that holds you? Really it couldn’t be more straightforward: your sole purpose is love, and that is all it has been or ever will be. So stop worrying and get on with it. —Peggy Ludtke I’ve been trying to imagine archetypal figures to fight the battles of our times. Daily now there are threats to the rights of common people. People...

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