The Shadow in Story

By Jon Sievert

Almost every story begins with shadows and friends. Our connection with the shadow begins as soon as we can read and breathe. The Rev. Wayne Walder discusses “The Shadow in Story” at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Service. When we stand in the light, a shadow is created. Shadows are a result of our presence; we cannot avoid them. Our shadows touch our feet in the setting sun’s light. They are with us when the light is strong, and even when it is weak.

UU Service
“The Shadow in Story”
By Rev. Wayne Walder
Sun, Mar 22, 10:30am
Hotel Posada de La Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

Often people are frightened by their shadow. Maybe it is because they fear their own darkness; we all fear it sometimes. When you hear how quickly people can become angry and hurt others, it is easy to fear this kind of shadow. But shadows are not only to be feared. The moon moves through its phases of light and shadow. When the moon is full, it is beautiful and bright. Then through the fortnight it changes as shadows gradually create a crescent. Shadows can create beauty and provide safety. It is in shadows where we hide when we no longer want to face the world. We can be safe in the dark. Sometimes we go to the shadows to heal and rest. What is in the dark of your shadow?

Minister is the second career of the Rev. Wayne Walder. He partnered a business that built and renovated houses in Toronto for over 20 years. As a minister, Walder helped begin the Neighborhood UU congregation in Toronto, which has bought its own building and developed into a full service congregation in fewer than 15 years. Walder likes to think of himself as an everyday mystic, and he was on the guru circuit for a few years.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15 and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Visitors are invited to attend the service and then join the UUs for coffee and snacks afterwards. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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