“Humanity is not without hope because there is creativity at work within each person that is greater than oneself. This creativity drives us toward mutual transformation…. We are made for creative transformation as a bird is made for flight.” ~ Henry Nelson Wieman
About this time in February every year, I feel renewed gratitude for the late Rev. Don Harrington of Community Church, NYC. Thanks to his dedication to our Unitarian Universalist faith, I start anticipating the oncoming season of Lent as purpose-filled and I get excited about the Lenten journey I’ll begin next week.
I almost lost my library privileges a few years ago because I wanted to hold on to its only copy of Outstretched Wings of the Spirit: On Being Intelligently and Devotedly Religious. Created by Don Harrington and based on the naturalistic theology of Henry Nelson Wieman, you can access these daily meditations and prayers here.
Harrington prepared this Lenten Manual for Unitarian Universalists and other religious liberals like myself who yearned for more meaningful religious language and practices. This is what he has to say in the introduction about his motivation:
“At a moment when my intelligence and scientific world-view had led me to reject both the idea of God and most traditional theological concepts, Wieman’s naturalistic theology restored them to me as the foundations for a vital, living faith, capable of undergirding a lifetime of urban ministry.”
For me, daily Lenten practice is an important spiritual practice because it is time devoted to taking stock of all my relationships. My relationship with a wild and beautiful western Colorado; my relationship with myself; with God, and with others in my life. As a season of introspection between now and Easter week, I pause to examine the quality of these relationships and if needed, choose to make necessary repairs to restore right relationship.
Maybe you’d like company on the Lenten journey? If so, check out Unitarian Universalists Practicing Lent.
Won’t you join us?