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Inviting thoughts on Mystery

I am doing a UU service on Mystery (exact title TBD) early next year. I have my own thoughts on Mystery and its spiritual importance, but I wonder what others think.


What do we mean by Mystery when we talk about it in a spiritual/religious context?


What is the relationship between Mystery and God (as you conceive God)?


What role does Mystery play in your faith/spirituality?


Is invoking Mystery sometimes cop-out to avoid problematic questions/answers about faith?


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Gretta Vosper on Essential Agreement

SG posted the following blog by Gretta Vosper in one of the Observer question threads. However, I think goes enough beyond the topic of that thread and is important enough it its own right to merit its own thread. Here it is:


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Wandering the deep time

I saw the light of God explode forth

Rays of holy energy permeating me

Filling me, the Cosmos, with God’s Power


God’s Word


God’s Will


God’s Love


And I danced among the stars,

Singing the praises of the Most High

Who had lifted me to Heaven

And filled me with Holy Light.




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What is Spirituality?

We have examined concepts like "God," "religion, and "faith" here on the Café, but we haven't examined "spirituality," at least not recently.


So what is "spirituality" to you? Your personal definition, and/or dictionary definition, and any experiences and feelings that define spirituality for you.

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In the thread on Canons, John wrote the following:


revjohn wrote:


I quibble with all of us being a part of God as that just sounds to me like pantheism and I don't agree with what pantheism promotes.



I'm curious to know what it is that pantheism promotes that you (or others here) disagree with. Not to confront you or argue with you, but as a starting point to explore the notion of pantheism further.


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The Potter

If God is the potter, how pliable should we be? Exactly, what does this mean. Any ideas?

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THE GOD-HYPOTHESIS--A La Richard Dawkins. What A Wonderful Opportunity to Have a Meaningful Dialogue!


Mendalla, about 'god' you say [quote=Mendalla] I don't even ask the question anymore. For me, God (if God is there at all, but that's another discussion) isn't an interventionist supernatural being.


God, for me, must be something else.


God is the wonder and beauty of the world.


God is the forces shaping a world that is constantly changing.


God is the love and hope in human hearts.


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I am going to be annoying.

Some years ago, an evangelist invented a battery that he said would store prayers. The faithful, for a small payment, could pray into it until the power of thousands of prayers was stored up. Then, in a great world crisis, he would turn on the battery and bombard God with thousands of prayers.

That makes as much sense to me as most of what I have heard about prayer.

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John Wilson


Summing up

I do find it very odd

That I have a funny belief in God

The more I learn the less I agree

With other people's theology

What is god? It seems hard

To understand more than a shard

Of an unfathomable mystery:

A universe with growing complexity

That we try to understand, with an alliance

To the latest in quantum science

(of which I know little, in all fairness)

But it involves universal awareness

Human consciousness we dote on

But true also down to the photon