Exploring existence of a Higher Power

By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW

On April 27, the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will present a talk entitled, “Existence of a Higher Power in Unitarian Universalism: What do we believe about God?”

Jean Strahlendorf will give a talk based upon a compilation of writings from various Unitarian Universalist ministers on the topic of the Divine, centered on the theme by Rev. Dr. Forrest Church.

Church states that, “God is not God’s name. Referring to the highest power we can imagine, God is our name for that which is greater than all and yet present in each.”

For some, “the highest power is love, goodness, justice or the spirit of life itself.”

This service will incorporate two of our UU principles: “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations” and “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” It is the mission of the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to “grow as a diverse community with differing beliefs and shared values. We seek to encourage spiritual growth and strive for compassion, justice and responsible action in our society and on our planet.”

Strahlendorf is a professor emeritus at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in the Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics. She currently serves on the UU worship committee and steering committee.

The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship sponsors a children’s spiritual educational program and encourages families with children to please join us for our Sunday service. Our children’s religious programs teach our Unitarian Universalist heritage, ethical living, moral precepts to love your neighbor, work for a better world and to search for truth with an open mind. We also offer a number of inter-generational program activities. Arts and crafts projects also are utilized to illustrate these principles.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall. The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza. Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign. All are welcome.

This story was posted on April 24, 2014.