Touchstones – ReImagining the Common Good


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Our 2017-18 Worship and Touchstone Ministry Theme is  “Reimagining the Common Good”

Services throughout the year will help shape a number of responses to this thematic request: that we wrestle with what it means craft not only diverse community but one which supports goodness for all its members.

Throughout the year we will explore monthly sub-themes including: beauty, hospitality, faith, hope, justice, love, humility, transformation, beloved community, wisdom, liberty, and unity/diversity.  These themes will be explored in depth during Sunday morning worship, our monthly Soulful Sundown Vespers service (beginning on October 1, at 6 pm) and our Touchstone Small Group ministry (contact or if you are interested in join our small group ministry.)

We hope these themes ground and deepen the spiritual life of congregants and friends by expanding opportunities for family-based religious exploration and a deepened spiritual focus for individuals and small groups.

You are invited to open your heart by taking these themes into your everyday life. The material in the Touchstones Journal will help facilitate this process.

Touchstones Journal, published monthly from the Mountain Desert District of the UUA, is the main resource for the monthly themes.

Each edition of Touchstones Journal offers:

  • An introduction to the theme of the month;
  • A Wisdom Story for All Ages;
  • Faith & Theology that explores the theme in-depth;
  • Family Matters for use by parents and religious educators with materials on the theme
    and 2-3 activities to explore the theme with children;
  • Small Group Discussion Guide for adults;
  • Readings from the Common Bowl (a quotation on the theme for each day of the month);
  • Contemplations (a guide to delve deeper and an invitation to receive a brief reading three days a week); and
  • A Wordle on the theme and articles, poetry, and Creative Commons licensed photos as space allows.

Below are the monthly themes for this year, as we receive them.    With each one there will be an accompanying Touchstones Journal posted with all the materials listed above.    Last year’s newsletters can be found here.

touchstones wordle for november 2017 theme of faith

** The journal is available to all UUCW members.  Please contact the for the password.