The Lost Art of Sabbath-keeping

One of the oldest religious observances in western culture is the Sabbath, a day set aside in Judaism, and later in Christianity, for rest and prayer. Over many centuries, Sabbath observance has both evolved and eroded with changing cultural and societal norms. Given the pressures of today’s non-stop global economy, a full day of rest may not be viable for most of us. Yet the practice of Sabbath-keeping offers many blessings of spiritual renewal and sacred connection. How might we preserve those blessings in contemporary life? What might a practice of Sabbath-keeping look like for today’s Unitarian Universalists?

Rev. Jennifer Beth Johnson is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister and currently serves as pastor of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Bridgewater, Mass.. During her ministerial training, she served congregations in Bedford and Chelmsford, Mass and was a Learning Fellow for the Prison Ministry of The Church of the Larger Fellowship. Her ministry draws on past experiences in such diverse fields as literary studies, mental health, nonprofit communications, and childbirth coaching. She lives with her family in southern Massachusetts.

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