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Not for Ourselves Alone - Theological Essays on Relationship

Not for Ourselves Alone: Theological Essays on Relationship

Product Attributes:

Product Code: 7499
ISBN: 9781558967311
Publisher: Skinner House Books
Publication Date: 
Pages: 128
Size: 5.5 X 8.5
Binding Information: Paperback 


Availability: In Stock
Paperback $16.00


These twelve essays from Unitarian Universalist leaders emerge as part of a movement in the faith from focusing on individual identity to relational connectedness. Through personal stories and thoughtful reflections, the contributors describe how we might grow our souls through our connections with one another and with the Holy. They invite us to move beyond the age-old theological question "Who am I?" and ask instead, "Whose are we?" This new emphasis suggests that we are all part of something larger, something that both includes us and transcends us. Group exercises and journaling prompts accompany the essays, making this an ideal resource for use in congregational settings or small gatherings. Helping us to be more vulnerable with one another and to express things not easily defined in precise ways, Not for Ourselves Alone offers fertile new ways for Unitarian Universalists to grow in the life of the spirit.


Table Of Contents:


One: Whose Am I?
  You Get Going and Live Like That! by Sarah Lammert
  God with Skin On by Don Southworth

Two: Who/What Calls Me?
  Pour the Living Waters In by Jon Luopa
  Far from Ease and Grace by William Sinkford

Three: Living the Call
  The Boots Worked Either Way by Bret Lortie
  What in Our Hearts Needs Pouring Out? by Cheryl M. Walker

Four: Our Covenants
  Open the Door and There Are the People by Lisa K. Jennings
  The Center Must Be Deep by Susan Smith

Five: Faithfulness
  Love Says the Answer Is Yes by Suzelle Lynch
  The Amazing Grace of Each Other by Jenny Weil

Six: Discernment
  Spiritual but Not Private by Douglas Taylor
  Down the Mountain by Jen Crow

About the Contributors


Perhaps individualism was liberating in the rigid cultures of the nineteenth century. Perhaps. Today individualism is not liberating; it separates us. It creates a prison of the self. We are relational creatures. Our very sense of self, ironically enough, emerges from our network of relationships. We become fully human in relationship: with one another, with our past, with our shared aspirations, with our vision of the holy. This marvelous collection explores relationship as a spiritual discipline. What a needed and timely blessing it is.
—Peter Morales, President, Unitarian Universalist Association

If I had my way, Not for Ourselves Alone, would be required practice for every single person in every single UU congregation, even part of joining a congregation. It helps capture the spirit of our faith. How I wish it had been my own experience forty years ago. It made me reflect; it made me consider my life decisions; it changed me.
—Kathleen Montgomery, former Executive Vice President, Unitarian Universalist Association

This is a good book. Faith is a re-ordering of our lives for courage and fullness that comes from finding our core truths that will guide, prod, and protect. Here are courageous and transparent stories from others, thoughtfully collected, which can help our own re-ordering. For we live by stories—both our own and others.
—Gil Rendle, former Senior Consultant of The Alban Institute and author of Journey in the Wilderness

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