Tara Brach, our amazing partner in faith here at River Road, writes of what it takes to find true refuge in complicated times. How is refuge different than retreat? What place of refuge can we make inside our hearts?
Not long ago, poet and author Ross Gay set out to write every day about what delights him in this world. These are times when darkness and lost-ness come right up against astonishing beauty, even sparks of joy. What joy might come for us all in the … read more.
April begins our new worship theme of “Sorrow and Joy”. As we move deeper into the demands and restrictions of our daily lives, how do we shape and create the spaces that we are in? Whether we are in familiar places or different spaces — … read more.
In these anxious times, it can feel like the elusive promised land is something like “balance.” Balance between commitments. Balance upon the tightrope of life. Balance of mind, body and spirit. Yet even the most balanced among us are making constant adjustments to maintain that … read more.
Is there a difference between the truth you can always count on and the meaning you make along the way? Which is more important, and in what can sometimes feel like a post-truth world, how can we reclaim some truths we can trust?
We live in a quid pro quo world, but how might our ideals call us to live in pro bono world, where our relationships aren’t caught up in transaction and exchange when it matters most?
With both the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland … read more.
We’ll explore liberation through the lens of faith based organizing. As UUs we are socially aware, civically engaged, and justice-seeking — we know the power of organizing. How can we use our shared faith to bring shape to the movements dear to our hearts … read more.
Did anything good ever come from a religious leader standing in front of people and saying “just trust me?” Maybe not – but what about when a community commits to the beautiful and complicated work of trusting each other – trusting the interwoven fabric of … read more.
In our quest for truth we often stick to fact-based reality over emotionally driven idealism, but in our shared human experience we witness the power of the imagined.What is the role of radical imagination in collective liberation? How can we intentionally create the future for … read more.
One could argue that humility is the opposite of fragility – perhaps it is even the greatest resource for resilience we have. How is the practice of humility alive in your own spiritual life and in the life of our congregations?