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Earth Based Path Group

July 14 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Following an Earth Based Path

Earth Based Spiritual Path Group We meet monthly on the second Sunday of each month in room 27 of the RE building.  We usually come together  after the last church service has ended. Meetings last about 90 minutes and consist of check-in, sharing about coming rituals and events and personal sharing by one of the group about their spiritual practice.

by Libby, a member of Foothills

I am a wildlife biologist and animist, which means I balance being a scientist with a belief that everything on our planet has a spirit. I also believe in the interconnectedness of these spirits in the web of life – whether at the molecular, physical, or metaphysical level – we are all one connected being.  We are the ferruginous hawk, the cutthroat trout, the bison, the coal and oil extracted from the ground, and the prairie meadow at sunrise. When I see these things, I see the divine. When I look out at your faces, you reflect back to me this same connection to divinity in our natural world.

Nathan has been asking me recently where and when he can see gods, goddesses, and spirits. As an adult with an earth-based spiritual practice, I have gained my own familiarity with how to see these spirits. Now as a parent, I’m challenged with how to share this knowledge with my son in a way that makes sense and won’t get him ostracized at school.  As a parent, I have appreciated the religious education classes here at Foothills that reinforce and expand on what I teach at home.

One of the reasons I became a member of Foothills is one of the core theological principles of Unitarian Universalism is that “All of life is connected and interdependent”.  That the ground we walk on is holy, the air we breathe is holy. That as a community we affirm that all life on this planet has an inherent worth and dignity, not just human life.  Celebrating Earth Day is a reaffirmation for us as Unitarian Universalists to find and care for our holy planet. As science teaches us, each of our actions has a reaction, whether in service projects, prayer, meditation, or in climate justice advocacy work. We light this chalice to honor the earth and all our actions to protect her.

Details

Date:
July 14
Time:
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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Venue

Foothills Unitarian Church
1815 Yorktown Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80526
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Phone:
970.493.5906
Website:
https://www.foothillsuu.org