Would you like to make more meaning in the world? A seed from the tree of wisdom is determined to take root. Please support its growth by supporting Gathering Ground’s campaign for 2022 support.
Gathering Ground is a place to “do stuff, reflect, and connect.” Planted by UCUCC five years ago, this independent ministry for spiritual-but-not-religious people has grown to involve 150 people each year in an annual cycle of programs—creative and seasonal practices. During pandemic, we moved online and found a new audience, as people logged on in increasing numbers to make meaning of that moment. In 2022 we plan to explore meeting both online and in-person, always on a contribute-as-you-can basis.
Those who attend say that Gathering Ground “fills a yearning”, “connects me with new people and new ideas”, “gives me a place to be vulnerable”, “challenges me to grow”, “lets me look at my heart by crafting and writing”, “has a sweetness.”
This experimental ministry faces a new phase of its growth in 2022: the start-up funds generously provided by UCUCC will be spent down. We invite friends of Gathering Ground to join a circle of support. Please join those who keep this seed of wisdom growing. Practice Jesus’ radical hospitality, making a place at the table for everyone who seeks meaning.
You may make a gift of any size now, or make a pledge of $25 – $1,000 to be fulfilled during 2022. All pledgers will receive winter solstice cards crafted by community members for you to send to your friends. Gifts and pledges may be made at www.GatherinGround.org or by mailing a check to UCUCC with Gathering Ground in the memo line.
Our world yearns for transformation. So do many of our neighbors. Bless you for joining together, to renew ancient ways of wisdom for today’s world.
September & October Gathering Ground Programs
Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor book study and reflection group
Sunday, September 12, 7:00 – 9:00 pm and Sunday, October 10, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Online via Zoom
How do we reckon with a family history of racism? Join local writer June BlueSpruce to delve into the book Whiteness Is Not an Ancestor: Essays on Life and Lineage by white Women. Using a lens of inherited trauma and family history, this collection of 12 personal essays offers a brave, humanizing path to dismantle whiteness, face grief, and bring healing. You are encouraged to attend both workshops (but not required). We can assist with loaning or purchasing the book.
Introduction to Day of the Dead
Sunday October 24, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, hybrid event
Offered both online and in person at University Heights Center (5031 University Way NE, Seattle)
Learn about the moving practices of the Mexican fìesta, Dia de los Muertos. It’s a powerful tradition to honor those who have passed on, but are still important in your life. Please bring with you as you log on or attend in person: photographs or favorite foods of your beloved family who have passed on. Led by Rene De Los Santos. If attending in person, we’ll practice community safety by wearing masks & distancing.