This Lenten season we are privileged and honored to have First Church member Ashley Martin instruct and guide us in writing our Spiritual Autobiographies.  The five part series will culminate with writing a statement of faith, similar to those prepared by our youth upon their own confirmations.  This post contains the resources & materials from the first of five sessions.




Theology is something we all do.  “What a theologian is doing essentially is examining as honestly as he can the rough and tumble of his own experience, with all its ups and down, its mysteries and loose ends, and expressing in logical, abstract terms the truths about human life and about God that he believes he has found implicit there, ” says Frederick Buechner (The Sacred Journey 1).  Our assumption is that exploring our ives through narrative first, before trying to express our beliefs about God and religion explicitly, is an essential part of the work of theology.


Resources Used in Class




You can follow the course at home by reading these posts if you do not join us in person.



Start to examine your life through time periods.  What are the stepping stones that have appeared along the way in your journey?   In class, we used the “Stepping Stones” method of Ira Progoff to get started with our writing.  It states in part,

“The Steppingstones are the significant points of movement along the road of an individual’s life. They stand forth as indicators of the inner connectedness of each person’s existence, a continuity of development that maintains itself despite the vicissitudes and the apparent shifting of directions that occur in the course of a life. The Steppingstones are indicators that enable us to recognize the deeper-than-conscious goals toward which the movement of our lives is trying to take us.”



Additional Resources for Writing




Additional Reading Resources




Assignment for the Week of March 3




Reading and writing can be forms of spiritual practice.  Consistency and discipline in writing practice is more important than the quantity of time spent, as with all spiritual disciplines, such as meditation & yoga asana practice.  The act of doing it frequently, even if just for 10 minutes” daily makes a difference.  Beryl Bender Birch, author of Beyond Power Yoga, says about the practice of yoga asana, and this applies to writing practice as well:  “The big challenge for all of us is to keep it going on our own, without a teacher….  The whole point of practice is to feel more connected.”  So 10 minutes daily is better than an hour or a half day once every two weeks.  This week, please write 10 minutes per day.



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