“Integrity goes beyond speaking the truth to include taking responsibility for how one thinks and feels and what one does.” Ben Dean
Integrity may be one of the hardest of personal ideals to maintain. It can be easier to slip into one’s usual patterns, forgetting to check in with what is at the core of our own being. We act and then realize that something does not feel quite right, our conscience reminds us that we have been inconsistent with our deeply held values.
The New Year is a good time for us to take a fresh look at those values which inform who we are, how we think, and how we act and place them at the front of our being. We will feel wholeness and we will model for our children what integrity looks like.
“May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.” Rainer Maria Rilke
May we all feel whole in 2020.
Vicki Merriam, Director of Religious Education
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CALENDAR – January
1/5 – The group will create a poster to put on the bulletin board outside the vestry for January. Look for it.
1/12 – Something about citrus fruit cheers us up in winter – the fresh aroma, the bright sun colors, the refreshing taste. We’ll use citrus in several ways today.
1/19 – Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr. Social service project.
1/26 – Chinese New Year: We’ll make a group dragon, share fortunes, and show kindness. UUs believe that we can all help to make good things happen.