Where the Grandeur of Life Overflows

Modified on: July 30, 2020

“‘Loveable’? ‘Loveable’? No one loved me, because I was shameful and despicable…. But…[I] heard the Universe say…‘This [new name] is a gift for you.’” (Thandeka)

Hilarious, poignant, courageous, outside of all lines, and simply beautiful: this past Sunday’s service guides us through the life-journey of UU theologian Thandeka, on a quest to awaken to the power of Love Beyond Belief. Offered to us all by Stacey Jackson and her team, this is a probing drama of how we can reawaken to the parts of ourselves lost to neglect and self-protection, and the joy that is still possible. “My body and its feelings had become part of my conscious life…. Every part of me felt realigned in this awesome resting place of love.” (Thandeka, on her breakthrough experience of emotional and spiritual liberation during a worship service)

And the music, in Thandeka’s life and in this service: “This was…the rhythmic presence of the Universe sweeping her into cosmic consciousness.” Listen to the joy that transforms pain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53h7_Uq_uFI&feature=youtu.be

“Love beyond belief is not just a thought. It’s a feeling: cosmic consciousness, creating experiences in church services and small groups and in our daily lives of awe and wonder and compassion that make us feel at one with the Universe. Personal experience is the foundation of our religion. What binds us together is that we love beyond belief. And let the congregation say, ‘Amen!’” (Stacey Jackson, on the life and work of Thandeka)



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