UU Fellowship to meet at Pinesong Vallecito Retreat

By Pauline Benetti
Special to The PREVIEW

Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship will not hold its regular Sunday service this week. Instead, members and friends will participate in the annual Four Corners Retreat at Pinesong Vallecito northeast of Durango, which brings together members of the regional cluster for sharing and worshipping together.

The weekend retreat begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and continues to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Highlights of the weekend are the Saturday Workshop and the Sunday Service. In addition, there will be special programs for the children.

The Rev. Dr. Fred Wooden, guest speaker, leads both workshop and service. About the workshop, Rev. Wooden says, “We have all heard about ‘spiritual practices’ by now. They have to do with spirituality, but most come from other traditions. Is there a UU way to approach spirituality, including specific practices? This year’s workshop will lay out a lifetime spirituality model and the ways you can assess your spiritual past, present and future.”

Sunday morning, Rev. Wooden will present “Spiritual Your Whole Life — Four Ways to Nourish the Four People We all Are.” Wooden comments, “You may be one person to yourself, but to the world you are several—child, parent, spouse, neighbor, colleague, citizen. Spiritual life, as Socrates said, seeks to bring the outer and inner person together. An ancient Hindu idea and modern liberal religion may do that, or at least help.”

The Rev. Fred Wooden serves the liberal, non-creedal Fountain Street Church in Grand Rapids, Mich. Before going there in 2005, he served UU churches in Brooklyn, N.Y., Austin, Texas, and rural Massachusetts.

This story was posted on July 11, 2013.