This notion of keeping lists as both a practical, psychological, and I would argue as a spiritual practice is perennially popular. List what always makes us laugh. List the transitions in our lives that taught us the most. List the places we’ve visited that have altered our views of the world. List the things we must do before we die.
Sermons by Rev. Marti Keller
Rev. Keller explores topics of everyday spirituality, prophetic witness, religious feminisms, and intra-religious teachings. She is especially sought for her contributions exploring the place of Judaism within and without Unitarian Universalism and for the individual.
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There are pilgrimages that require some travel, some investment of time and money. But there are so many that don’t. Pilgrimages where we go nowhere, or almost nowhere. That are internal journeys, or mostly. That require our deep attention. That both challenge and rejuvenate us. That provide catharsis, a release. That take us, changed, back home.
Don’t talk to strangers, it would seem, is a global warning. But as adults we may need to relook at this message, keeping what still is true about it, but opening ourselves to the possibility that there is something to lose in keeping silent in our casual public lives so much of the time.
Why all this focus on and fuss about clutter? New York Times columnist Pamela Druckerman says that “clutter is having its moment because we have accumulated a critical mass of it.”
If memory serves me (which it often does not), the daintily illustrated, Woolworth-framed copy of the poem “If for Girls” that my mother gifted me with sometime in later childhood had formerly been a gift to her from her own mother.
Being a visiting minister here for a short while has made clear for me my priorities in making myself at home in a new-to-me town, if just for a few days at a time.