January 24, 2016 at Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists in Berkeley.
We often feel buffeted between crisis and crisis, problem and problem, issue and issue. How do we find moments of rest, times of peace, in a fast-paced, crisis-torn world? In a passage from the Four Quartets, T. S. Eliot writes: “Between melting and freezing / The soul’s sap quivers. / The dumb spirit stirs.” This poet, who is part of our UU tradition, has wisdom to offer us about living in the “between” times.
Rev. Dr. Jeanne Foster grew up in New Orleans. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Starr King, was ordained by the Monterey Peninsula UU Church, and served as minister of the UU Fellowship in Modesto. She earned her Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union in the interdisciplinary area of Religion, Literature, and the Arts. She is currently Professor of Literature and Creative Writing at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga. A published poet, her work has appeared in numerous journals. Her poetry book, A Blessing of Safe Travel, won the Quarterly Review of Literature Poetry Award. Among her other books are Appetite: Food as Metaphor, an anthology of poems by women, and a critical work, A Music of Grace: the Sacred in Contemporary American Poetry, which asks the question, Is there still sacred ground to stand on? A new book of poems, Goodbye, Silver Sister, was released by Northwestern University Press in Spring 2015. Her passions are ballroom dancing and Tuscany and, in particular, ballroom dancing in Tuscany.