June 25 Service: Eclectic Spirituality – My Toolbox
“There are hundreds of paths up the mountain, all leading in the same direction, so it doesn’t matter which path you take. The only one wasting time is the one who runs around and around the mountain, telling everyone that his or her path is wrong.” ~ Hindu teaching
Speaker: Trish Brownlee
Some practical magic, wise words, tools and rituals that one can use on the path of eclectic spiritualist. Take what you’d like and leave the rest – and pitch a few tools of your own in this discussion-based service, led by UUCF congregation member, Trish Brownlee.
Trish Brownlee is a published photographer, artist, educator, and scholar in a life-long pursuit for perspective, compassion, patience, creativity and purpose. She is the arts integration facilitator and chair of the arts team at The Capitol Encore Academy in downtown Fayetteville and has been teaching in the arts for five years. In a prior life, she served as a military photographer, later using this experience to research the connection between arts and the military during her thesis work. She has a Bachelor of Art degree in Visual Art from Fayetteville State University and a Master of Fine Art degree in Visual Art from Pacific Northwest College of Art.
Trish is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fayetteville in North Carolina. She volunteers by using her gifts in design and marketing, child and youth education, and as speaker on the Sunday Services team in this small but growing congregation. Trish is an eclectic spiritualist, pulling from Unitarian Universalism, Gnosticism, Christianity, Paganism, Buddhist and other belief systems. Trish has pursued an independent study of theology, religious studies, humanities, symbolism/semiotics alongside her formal academics study of arts & education degrees since childhood – trying to feed a natural, insatiable need for creativity and understanding of human nature. “Why are we here?” is rather annoying question Trish has been asking her teachers, and now asks her students as a teacher. Trish is now shifting focus to this interest after achieving her MFA and finding herself with more brainpower available to devote, recognizing the deep connection between the arts and belief systems.