Simplify, Simplify

Plan to attend this worship service on March 17, 2019!

The Green Team is hopeful that this will generate interest in creating Simplicity Circles in our congregation

This project is a Sunday Worship Service that explores the spiritual practice of living lightly on the Earth through voluntary simplicity.  The mission of SFUU is to build beloved community that respects diversities as we nourish the spirit, care for the Earth, and inspire faithful acts of peace and justice.  A service about voluntary simplicity speaks to our mission of caring for the Earth, but also works to nourish the spirit.  The possibilities inherent in simple sustainable living will be woven through the service using readings, song, stories, and spoken word.  This service will draw on the work of Duane Elgin and Cecile Andrews (both proponents of the philosophy of voluntary simplicity) in addition to Ghandi and Thoreau.  Each congregant will be asked to ponder their core values and to think about whether there is more that they can do to reconcile their values with their lifestyle.  Themes related to sustainable living in the face of climate change and trends in population growth will underpin questions about the choices that we make as we go about our daily lives.

Here is description of this service for the website and monthly newsletter:

This Sunday we will explore the possibilities of sustainable living through voluntary simplicity.  Can we make a difference in a world afflicted by accelerating climate change and the exploitation of Earth’s limited natural resources? Can we resist the call to consumerism and consciously choose to live more simply, and enrich our daily lives in the process?  In his book, Voluntary Simplicity, Duane Elgin defined voluntary simplicity as a “way of living that is outwardly simple and inwardly rich. … The objective of the simple life is not to dogmatically live with less, but to live with balance in order to realize a life of greater purpose, fulfillment, and satisfaction.” Join us this Sunday to explore what voluntary simplicity is, and what it is not.

Green Team Leader for this project: Barb Munn

Click here for more information about simplicity circles.