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The Seed Within the Seed

Using the core story from our religious education program this month, “The Fig Seed” from Buddhist scripture, we’ll look at human nature itself. What are true things we can say about what makes us uniquely human? How does our humanity, biologically and spiritually expressed, compel us to live?

Fake It Til Ya Make It

Even in the midst of uncertainty, the energy of the New Year is upon us. Somehow the switch from one month to the next inspires a cultural sense of hope, change, and possibility. And yet, we’re still the same people we were a couple of weeks ago, facing the same challenges and conflicts from before! Is the “New Year, New Me” philosophy yet another marketing tool? Is it wishful thinking? Are resolutions practical? There’s something about this time of year that sparks renewal and rejuvenation in even the most cynical among us — how do we cultivate that energy into real, substantial growth?

Transformations

This month, the story our children and youth will grapple with is all about transforming evil – not ignoring it, not looking away, but actively changing it into something else. Maybe this is why “movements” are called that. Perhaps being in the midst of the transformation, personally or socially, is the most honest way to serve.