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The Seasons of the Search

By Jon Sievert

At this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel service, the Reverend Wyman Rousseau speaks on our quest for meaning, relation, and direction in our lives in a talk titled, “The Seasons of the Search.”

UU Service
“The Seasons of the Search”
By Rev. Wyman Rousseau
Sun, Nov 27, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea
Ancha de San Antonio 15

His remarks are inspired by Thomas Moore’s new book, A Religion of One’s Own. Moore calls himself a “religious humanist,” and in his new work he expands on topics he first explored in his book Care of the Soul. His new work points the way to create for ourselves an amplified inner life, one with greater spiritual direction. Wyman speculates on the various “seasons of search” in developing “a religion of one’s own.” Like the seasons of nature, each with its own beauty and significance, the seasons of the search for a religion of one’s own feel different and have their own uniqueness. Our searching goes through four distinct stages: an initial break with the past, the attraction to a new path, experiencing how others express their religious views, and, finally, forging how we will express our own personal religious perspective.

Along the search we encounter such questions as: Were you raised in a particular faith? Or no faith? Are you still in the same place now? If not, why not? Have you found another spiritual path that intrigues and interests you? Have you let yourself sample the great variety of spiritual paths you might choose from? Have you winnowed down your choices? How would you describe the key facets of your personal religion?

Wyman Rousseau is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and a UU minister for 48 years, serving congregations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Florida, and North Carolina. Wyman is the founder of Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, NC. He also served six years as the Southeastern Regional Coordinator for the Haiku Society of America. He leads occasional workshops on Writing Your Own Spiritual.

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. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at uufsma.org.

 

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