The Guest House by Jellaludin Rumi

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.


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January 6, 2019

January 13th
UU Theologies Series: The Humanist View      
Rev. Virginia Jarocha-Ernst
This next in the series explores the role of human perspective and understanding in a religious life. Some call it Humanism, some atheism or non-theism. Whatever name you choose, it is a critical aspect of UU identity.
Music by Thomas Cannizzaro, Louise Chernosky.