“It’s not what you look at, it’s what you see”


What do you see when you look at nature?  As Thoreau’s quotation suggests, we might all be looking at nature. . . but we are not all seeing the same thing.

Our Seventh Principle reminds us of our connection to the earth and all living things.

When do you feel that connection most deeply?  Walking through a silent grove, with the scent of pine or fallen leaves?  Kayaking on one of our many creeks or rivers?  Gazing at  the stars at night?  What insights have you gained during those moments of transcendence?

This week we have two exceptional opportunities to reflect on our experiences and learn from others in free events at UU which are open to all, including the public.

Enrich your perspectives with a global approach.  Starting Tuesday, October 10, Dr. Ismana Carney will offer a four-week series on how various world religions have approached the natural world.  The seminar will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

What can Thoreau teach us now?   Living a simple life for two years on the shores of a pond in Concord led H. D. Thoreau to write what is consider a contemporary UU bible, although the author himself eschewed any association with organized religion.  On Thursday, October 12, the newly revived UUFE Book Group will begin discussing Thoreau’s Walden, or a Life in the Woods.  

As coordinator of Adult Enrichment, I invite you to participate–and to share your growth with us through your comments, including here.


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