Spiritual Exercise – Love & Justice

This month we have three options to experience the ways love and justice are intertwined.

Option One)  Envisioning Love and Justice
We envision a world in which our interdependence calls us to love and justice. Our national vision arises from the foundational theology of our seventh principle, “respect for the interdependent web of all existence”, asking us to live this principle through actions of love and justice.

Write or print out the vision statement: As Canadian Unitarians we envision a world in which our interdependence calls us to love and justice.

Each day take five minutes to read through the vision statement – as Canadian Unitarians we envision a world in which our interdependence calls us to love and justice – and reflect on how you might live into this vision in your own life.

In a challenging situation, how might you be both loving and justice seeking?  Try to express love and justice in one aspect of your life this month. Maybe you need to advocate for yourself or a family member. Maybe you need to extend kindness to a difficult person. Perhaps you need to ask for loving kindness for yourself. Come to the theme group prepared to share your experience of living with love and justice.

Option Two)  Love, Justice and Community
Come out to the Creative Connections workshop on Wednesday February 8th.  Director of Lifespan Learning, Pamela Smith-Loeters will help you create a personal chalice to take home.  Readings on love and justice will also be provided.

The rest of the month, try to make time to light your chalice and read one of the readings once or twice a week. Read the reading at least three times.  Journal or reflect on how this practice is developing your understanding of love and justice.

Option Three)  Take Loving Action
There are a lot of challenging issues in the world right now. Choose an issue that is close to your heart, whether that is immigration, women’s rights, climate change or animal rights. Choose one that matters to you, a cause that you feel deeply. Learn what you can about the issue or need, and set an intention to take at least one action towards justice.

This might be writing a letter, sending money, showing up at a protest, or volunteering. Before taking your action, breathe and centre yourself so that you begin from a place of love. Take as much time as you need to get to a place of love. Why does this issue matter so much to you? Do the work with a sense of loving kindness. Imagine sending loving light.

Every time you deal with this issue or need, find that core of love and begin from there. At the end of the month, consider how  this affected how you dealt with the issue. Did it change how you felt in making a contribution?



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