“Practicing Presence on the Forming Edge of Our Lives: A Unitarian Universalist Perspective on Mindfulness,” April 18, 2021.

The Touchstones Theme for April is Meditation. On April 18th, our beloved Tovis Page returns to speak on “Practicing Presence on the Forming Edge of Our Lives: A Unitarian Universalist Perspective on Mindfulness.”

“We come together” on Sunday mornings, writes Rev. Kathleen McTigue, “to rest for a moment on the forming edge of our lives…to claim for ourselves awareness and gratitude” (Singing the Living Tradition #435). For many of us, Sunday services are a time to pause, to be still and present, to connect, and to appreciate the goodness that exists inside and around us. But we don’t have to wait for Sunday mornings to practice this kind of presence in our lives. We can practice it anytime! Practicing mindfulness, we can actually stay “on the forming edge of our lives,” being fully present to life as it unfolds, moment by moment.

Dr. Tovis Page is a candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry, a seminarian at Starr King School for Ministry, and a member of the UU Fellowship of Redwood City. During her ministerial internship with the Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo in 2018-2019, Tovis led services for UUCC monthly and is pleased to return as a guest this week. Prior to becoming a UU, Tovis studied and practiced mindfulness with Vipassana meditation communities in both Massachusetts and California. She has a PhD in Religious Studies from Harvard University and is currently the Program Coordinator for the Peninsula Solidarity Cohort, a group of interfaith leaders working for justice and compassion in San Mateo County. Tovis lives in Woodside with her spouse, 2 kids, and myriad furry, scaly, and feathered critters.

Wonderful music will be provided by Mo Robinson. And don’t forget to sign in a little earlier to hear beautiful Gathering Music.

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For the Order of Service, click here. Please join us at 11:00 am Pacific, 2pm Eastern. Gathering and music begin at 10:55 am.

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