Touchstones – Let Your Life Speak

Our 2018-19 Worship and Touchstone Ministry Theme is  “Let Your Life Speak”

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: vocation, formation, gratitude, peace, grace, surrender/letting go, truth, salvation/wholeness, mystery, transcendence, freedom/responsibility and prayer.  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 Laura Secor or Mimi Allen 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.

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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.

Wordle for September 2018 Touchstones Journal

  • September 2018: Vocation
  • October 2018: Formation
  • November 2018: Gratitude
  • December 2018: Peace
  • January 2019: Grace
  • February 2019: Surrender/Letting Go
  • March 2019: Truth
  • April 2019: Salvation/Wholeness
  • May 2019: Mystery
  • June 2019: Transcendence
  • July 2019: Freedom & Responsibility
  • August 2019: Prayer

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


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