On Nov. 18 we will use the coffee-house format to explore some questions of memory. Starting with readings and songs, we'll move on to small-group conversations at our tables. Some UUCO photo albums will be available as we think about our collective memory. Led by Gail Stratton and Luanne Buchanan, we'll use the Unitarian Universalist monthly resource called Soul Matters.
For those of you who are intrigued, here are some thoughts and questions to ponder.
Does fall come with its own set of memories? Do you remember differently this time of year?
What memories have been entrusted to you? Families pass down stories. Old friends look to one another to remember each other's childhoods. Spouses safely house their vulnerable stories and secrets with each other. We are all protectors and sustainers of memories that keep pieces and parts of others alive. What precious memory have you been asked to keep alive?
What memory holds your truest self? For some, it comes from childhood, like that time we were handed a paintbrush and canvas and felt a strange sense of home. For others it is from our adult adventures, maybe that time we bravely walked away. We don't just have personality traits, we hold tight to our defining traits through memory. What memories help you hold on to yourself?
What is the role of memory at UUCO? How do we acknowledge the past even as we look to the future?