This week’s Small Group Ministry session is short but sweet. The topic is Love—perhaps most thoroughly covered topic in all of human history. In fact, last “Standing on the Side of Love Day” (AKA Saint Valentine’s Day), I celebrated by tweeting a new quote about love every half an hour. And it was pretty darn easy to find some good ones, even with the 140 character limit. As usual, SpiritualityandPractice.com has a lot of resources on Love as a spiritual practice, and as usual, I used some of them for the following Small Group Ministry session. For example,

I believe more and more that the greatest single help to a spiritual life is a deep and living human love for another. . . . I have solemnly resolved to love more deeply and more truly and to be a sweeter man.

— Rufus Jones in Rufus Jones: Essential Writings

Chalice/Candle Lighting

Opening Words:

The only reason there is for living is love. There is no other reason for staying on earth.
— Joel Goldsmith in Spiritual Healing

Check-in/Sharing

Topic:

A Teaching Story from Mother Teresa: No Greater Love edited by Becky Benenate and Joseph Durepos

Mother Teresa: No Greater Love brings us the words of this century’s most visible saint. Here is one of her stories.

I will never forget one day in Venezuela when I went to visit a family who had given us a lamb. I went to thank them and there I found out that they had a badly crippled child. I asked the mother, “What is the child’s name?” The mother gave me a most beautiful answer. “We call him ‘Teacher of Love,’ because he keeps on teaching us how to love. Everything we do for him is our love for God in action.”

Questions: Who has been a Teacher of Love for you? When have you been a Teacher of Love for someone else?

Check-out/Likes and Wishes

Closing Words:

To take good care of yourself and to take good care of living beings and of the environment is the best way to love God.
— Thich Nhat Hanh in Living Buddha, Living Christ

To Practice This Thought: Listen for God’s message of love in your experiences.

Group Session Plan based on resources on Love from www.spiritualityandpractice.com.

For a PDF version of this small group ministry session, click here: Love.

For more information on small group ministry, visit the UU Small Group Ministry Network.

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