By Pauline Benetti
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (PUUF) invites you to join us this last Sunday of October as we embody two important principles of our religious movement, encouragement to spiritual growth and the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, both of which we hold as strong values and moral guides.
Accordingly, our service, lead by lay leader Avalon Haykus, will examine the many questions surrounding the mystery of life after death, an appropriate search for truth at the end of October when many religions — among them Pagan, Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox — also turn their attention to the dead.
Reincarnation. Heaven and Hell. The embodiment of consciousness, rising and falling away like waves on the ocean. What is the nature of life eternal? Is there a personal soul that survives the death of the body, or is this single lifetime all that exists? Is there evidence either way? And how might the answer to such questions inform our choices and behaviors?
Unitarian Universalism (UU) is based on neither dogma nor creed. We are not asked to believe based on blind faith, but to inquire deeply.
During the exploration of life’s great mystery — the question of life after death — we’ll investigate current research based on phenomena such as past life regression, deathbed visitations and near-death experiences. In doing so, we may cultivate understanding that can take us beyond religious and cultural conditioning, into the realm of inner knowing.
In the absence of creed and dogma, UUs hold fast to a set of guiding principles, two of which are mentioned at the outset. Equally important are the sources from which we draw wisdom and spirituality, sources that are as diverse as science, poetry, scripture and personal experience. Thus, Haykus will draw upon one of those sources as she elaborates her message regarding life after death. It follows: “Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit.”
Haykus holds a masters degree in psychology. She has been a member of PUUF since 1995, serving as steering committee president, worship committee chairperson, youth religious educator and service leader.
Know this about Pagosa UU Fellowship: We are a Welcoming Congregation; we invite everyone to share in our faith community. We cherish diversity and foster a safe environment for all.
Service begins at 10:30 a.m. and, following that, we invite you to share refreshments and conversation.
Find us in Unit B-15 of the Greenbriar Plaza. From North Pagosa Boulevard, turn right onto Park Avenue and right again into Greenbriar Plaza, then turn left and continue around the complex until you see the Unitarian Universalist sign as it faces the mountains. Come in and join us. You are welcome.
For further information, visit pagosauu.org or call 731-7900.
By Pauline Benetti