Expanding concepts of prayer



On Sunday, April 7, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service will examine expanding concepts of prayer, led by Dr. Jean Strahlendorf.

She points out that as the Rev. Kirk Loadman-Copeland, minister at First Universalist Church in Denver, states, “Prayer at its core is not petitionary in nature, asking God for something for ourselves, but rather prayer at its core is relational.  It involves cultivating a connection with our deepest selves, with those around us, and with that which transcends us and commands our awareness.”

Strahlendorf adds, “We will also discuss various concepts of prayer that deal with issues such as: To whom it may concern.  What is meditative/contemplative prayer?  What does it produce?  And this section will conclude with a brief discussion of the neuroscience of spirituality as it relates to prayer.  For example, is there a ‘God-spot’ in the brain?”

Strahlendorf, currently a professor emeritus at Texas Tech University, taught integrated neurosciences to medical students at Texas Tech Medical School for more than 30 years, as well as conducting neuroscience research there for more than 35 years.

For the months of March and April, the children will be exploring the Seventh Unitarian Principle, honoring the earth: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence, of which we are a part.”  Earth Day is April 22.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, and child care will be provided.  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.