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By Jean Strahlendorf
Special to The PREVIEW
On Aug.10, the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (PUUF) will present a talk by Ruth Rinehart entitled “We Covenant With Each Other.”
The covenant underlying Unitarian Universalism dates from 1648. What does it mean? What do we covenant with each other and the wider world? Since our faith has no creed, our covenant is critical to understanding our place in religious community and how we transform the world outside our fellowship walls.
To this end, Thom Belote, minister at Shawnee Mission UU Congregation outside of Kansas City, has stated that covenant brings us out of isolation, out of selfish concerns, out of individualism to join ourselves to something greater. It helps to become a part of a community that is working to practice love, to dwell together in peace, to seek knowledge and wisdom together. And to find better ways to live our lives and live in the world. This, even without creed, even without shared beliefs, is sacred, religious work. We are a covenantal congregation. We share a covenant of how we try to be together, not what we are expected to believe together.
Ruth Rinehart, MA, is a candidate for UU ministry. She has finished her second year at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, and will be starting her clinical chaplaincy unit in the fall at a local hospital. She lives in Golden with her husband and youngest daughter, managing bee colonies and a permaculture suburban homestead.
It is the Mission of PUUF 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. Ruth’s talk is based upon the fourth principle of “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.”
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.