Jamestown, N.Y. – In Pali — a language closely related to Sanskrit and spoken in northern India — “metta” means positive energy and kindness toward others.
For the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown (UUCJ) Sunday, January 23, 10:30 a.m. virtual service, artist and congregant Audrey Kay Dowling will discuss “The Buddhist Loving Kindness Metta.”
Dowling will meld messages from some previous speakers and all of the various forms of beliefs that are accepted and should be valued and prevalent in healthy Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations. She says, “That is what makes functioning UU churches diverse and wonderful and why I love the UU religion.”
Also known as loving-kindness meditation, the goal of metta meditation is to cultivate kindness for all beings, including oneself and family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances, difficult people in one’s life, and animals.
The owner of Portage Hill Gallery in Westfield, New York, Dowling has degrees from the State University Colleges of New York at New Paltz and Fredonia. A teacher, mother, and artist, she has explored many different art media and has developed a strong collector base and following for her paintings, block prints and one of a kind clay art. Her underlying love of nature is always present in her work that has been exhibited extensively and is represented in private collections around the world.
For those who are interested, an optional virtual coffee hour in breakout rooms follows the service.
Because of COVID-19 concerns, UUCJ Sunday services are remaining virtual instead of returning to 1255 Prendergast Avenue. Anyone is welcome to participate with the link at UUJamestown.org/calendar.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Jamestown is a progressive, liberal religious community serving the southern tier of Western New York and Warren County, Pa. The UUCJ’s mission is to promote and provide a community where diverse people of all ages may explore the meaning of existence, give expression to liberal religious values, and work for a just, sustainable society.