Tuesday, August 13, 2013
I went to church. thought about sleeping but... I didn't.
It wasn't spiritual but nice. The hymns chosen could have been better or maybe if they had familiar to all or there was more of us. anyway... something didn't work.
What I really liked is they lite a candle, called the lighting of the challis (?), and put it in the center of a shallow bowl that had sand in it.Someone had taken time to smooth it out and put a nice design in it so it was pleasing to the eye even without the candle in it. What was done after the announcements was a sharing time. If you wanted you could go up and light another candle and place it in the sand also. You shared your name and your joy or concern or something special that was going on with you With as much detail as you wanted. For a minute I didn't think anyone was going to get up but then there was then 5-6 people did. afterwards one was lighted for ones that were not shared out loud.
I though about getting up and sharing my concern about my knee and to ask for anyone else who had something similar to talk to about it. I didn't but I wish I had. I don't know. If it hadn't been my first time there I would have.
It being my first time there didn't stop me from making a statement at the end of the talk. It was a good talk. it is entitled "The Tao of Pooh" and how most of us were one of the main characters in Winnie the pooh : Pooh, Piglet, Tigger,Eye-ore, Owl, Pooh and XXX. Then there was Christopher Robin- the worldly all-knowing one. It was interesting.
She went on more about the different personality types in other works of fiction. Such as the fact there is only four women in the lord of the rings (I think it was) but them being women wasn't the thing but that each woman was a STRONG WOMAN. pretty cool. I had never though about it.
Then she talked about the Briggs personality test that you can take. Which can help narrow down what career you would excel at. What is interesting is that she had a 'type' that only about 1% of the people have. They had a retreat last year (and were talking about the one that was coming up in a couple of weeks) and people there took the test. The super interesting part is 25% of the people there had the same type as she did.
Talk about like minds coming together.
There was about 15 minutes left of the hour put aside for the service and the speaker said we could end early or have a short impromptu discussion about the sermon. She waited a minute and the people stood up to wait for the microphone to make some comment.
There was sharing about different characters, what one of the pictures was of on the pamphlet ( the big bang theory) the others were were of course pooh, lord of the rings, & star trek.
I stood up and said I was surprised no one else had commented on how cool that 25% of the people that went to the church were the same type.
My mom later said something to the fact she was surprised I stood up and said something.
Surprised me. I thought she knew me better than that. I ALMOST ALWAYS have something to say.
Every one there was friendly and some went out of their way to say Hi. We have one more Sunday before school starts and I am going to try and get out early. Then talk to my new scheduling manager about having Sundays off in stead of Mondays. Or at least switching them once a month. I want to explore this Unitarian gathering in more detail.