Sacred Text Reading Group
Date(s) - 09/04/2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

A weekly online sacred text reading group with Amy

Using a spiritual-practice approach, in each session we will explore a different brief scriptural text in depth. The aims of the sessions are educational (learning something about the texts and traditions), spiritual/moral (discovering what the texts ask of us), and community-building (getting to know each other better). Amy will have a version of the text available to share; “bring” your own if you like. All are welcome, as are your suggestions of future texts. About half our readings so far have been those suggested by group members.

Our text for Saturday, September 4, 2021, comes from The Gulag Archipelago by Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Little by little I came to understand that the border that separates good from evil does not pass between states, nor between social classes, nor between parties, but rather crosses every human heart and all human hearts. … Even in a heart invaded by evil there is always a small bastion of good; included in the most generous hearts, always a hidden bad corner to root out.
And then I understood the truth of all the religions of the world: they fight against evil within each person. It is impossible to completely eradicate evil from the world, but it can be reduced within each individual.
And then I understood the lie of all the revolutions in history: they limit themselves to suppressing the agents of evil … (and in haste, without distinguishing, also agents of good), but the evil itself, … they collect as an inheritance.

If you’re new (either to UUCPA or to the group) and would like to get acquainted, Amy and whichever group members can manage it will be there ten minutes early and will also stay afterwards–we’d love to have a little getting-to-know-you time.

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