Reading the Tao Resumes Wednesday, July 1

Updated 6/19/20

Reading the Tao with Rev. Joe is taking a break next week, but don’t worry, it will return on Wednesday, July 1 at 7pm!

Therefore, the Sage manages affairs without doing anything,and conveys his instructions without the use of speech. . . . The work is accomplished, and there is no resting in it as an achievement. . . 
Join in reflection and sharing with others over the 2500-year-old Chinese text that continues to inspire and challenge us.  Our sessions follow a model not unlike that of the spiritual practice of lectio divina, a sacred reading practice involving four moments: Read (lectio), reflect (meditatio), respond (oratio), rest (contemplatio).

Future meetings: July 1, & July 8.

Reading the Tao te Ching
Wednesdays at 7:00pm on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/99029860790 (the usual password is required!)
by phone: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 990 2986 0790 

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Original post 5/29/20:
For the last few weeks I’ve been facilitating discussions around poems that address spiritual or theological issues during sessions I called “Poetic License” happening on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays and 2nd and 4th Thursdays.  I’ve enjoyed these sessions, but I’m going to press the pause button on them for the summer.  

Instead, starting on June 3rd, and continuing at least through the summer, every Wednesday at 7pm I’ll lead “Reading the Tao te Ching.”  (We won’t meet on June 17 because of a conflict with professional obligations or on June 24 because of General Assembly. You’re attending General Assembly, too, right?  It’s online this year! see https://uua.org/ga ) 

The Tao te Ching is a 6th-century BCE Chinese text.  Ursula K. Le Guin describes it it this way:  “It is the most lovable of all the great religious texts, funny, keen, kind, modest, indestructibly outrageous, and inexhaustibly refreshing.”  I’ve been fascinated with the Tao te Ching for a long time, and over the years I’ve collected many different translations.  It is one of the most translated works in the world, and one of the most fascinating things is how different the different translations can be from one another!  Some of the translations I’ll be using are by Jonathan Star, Stephen Mitchell, and Ursula K. Le Guin.  

The Tao te Ching has been divided into 81 short “chapters”—more like short poems—and we’ll look at only one of them each session. We’ll hear the passage multiple times and in different translations, pausing for reflection after each reading in a way not unlike the Christian practice of “lectio divina,” though discussion and sharing will be part of our time together.  

The indescribable “way” that the Tao describes for living a life is both puzzling and inspiring and I am eager to hear what the Tao says to you.  Join in Wednesdays as you can!

Blessings, 
Rev. Joe

Reading the Tao te Ching
Wednesdays at 7:00pm on Zoom https://zoom.us/j/99029860790 (the usual password is required!)
by phone: 1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID: 990 2986 0790