UU Wellspring

Read as much as possible before retreat:
Everyday Spiritual Practice: Simple Pathways for Enriching Your Life, Scott Alexander, editor (Read as much as you can before the retreat.)

Read or view before Session 1:
A Hidden Wholeness, by Parker Palmer. Key points also available as links provided in the Welcome Letter if you prefer not to get the hard copy.

Read before Session 10:
You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment, by Thich Nhat Hanh (Used beginning in session 10)

Read Before Session 18:
Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer (used in session 18)

One or both as possible, used throughout:
Voices from the Margins edited by Jacqui James and Mark D. Morrison-Reed or To Wake, To Rise: Meditations on Justice and Resilience edited by William Sinkford. (Both are valuable resources, but because each selection is short, they can be shared in the session if not everyone has a copy of the book.)

Each session will have some pre-work to be done, such as reading online articles, listening to sermons, and answering reflection questions in your UU Wellspring journal. About two weeks before a session, I will send out an email with all of the readings and reflection questions for the next session. Please try to read it all and reflect in your journals.

You should plan on spending significant time (usually about two to three hours) on the readings and reflection questions before each meeting. Also note that the readings are generally prioritized, so that if you can’t get to all of them, at least everyone has read the first one or two. Note that as a religious professional, you may have read some of these before, but it’s worth at least looking over the material again. The bottom line: do the best you can. Even if you haven’t done all of the pre-work, you are *always* welcome at each meeting. The experience of UU Wellspring is deeply enhanced if people do the pre-work and come to meetings prepared. But the experience can also be deeply diminished if participants feel stressed out about Wellspring homework or guilty if they don’t get it all done.

You also commit to a daily spiritual practice and, ideally, a work with a spiritual companion or spiritual director.