Last month, I attended General Assembly, the annual gathering of the UUA (Unitarian Universalist Association), at which there are business meetings, workshops, and social events. Each day, there were breakout sessions called Reflection Groups. We met with 8-10 other attendees to discuss assigned topics and to share our thoughts on our experience at GA.
One of the Reflection topics was the Biblical story of Moses and the burning bush. One member of the group read it aloud and then we reflected on what part of it spoke to us the most. We were asked to consider how we could apply the message of that story to ourselves as UUs. From that discussion, I was inspired to write the following poem. I shared it with my congregation last week as our Chalice Lighting words.Sacred Ground Within each of us is a spark of the Divine, A burning bush, Always lit, never consumed, That speaks the voice Of our God, of our Goddess, of our Holy. “You are on Sacred Ground.” In the presence of this fire, Whether in ourselves or in another, We are standing, we are walking, we are traveling On Sacred Ground. We are compelled, we are committed, To take up the torch, To carry the flame To light the fire of passion, of life, of holy work, As we journey towards truth On Sacred Ground.