Spirituality without dogma is a paradox for some, and a truism for others. Raised as a Presbyterian, the grandson of a preacher on my mom’s side, I left the church when my African-American Scoutmaster was not welcome in the sanctuary to support my acceptance of the Boy Scout God and Country Award.

I eventually found the Sheridan Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and was glad to meet some kindred souls. The Unitarian Universalist 7 Principles and 6 Sources seemed to fit my needs, and I enjoyed the opportunity to join the fellowship.

Over time, I came to appreciate the spirituality of silence. Elk security areas on the Bighorn Mountains have always resembled human sanctuaries. The Quaker Way of being present, and listening is attractive to me. Unprogrammed Quakers share the lack of dogma or creed with the Unitarian Universalist faith, and they are active in many community and national functions.

Silence makes some uncomfortable, but liberates others. I’m comfortable listening, and believe that many great traditions inform our human condition. My own journey has embraced being a Quaker humanist, for a spiritual identity.

Many people who are hospitalized or are in a nursing home may want someone who will do an errand or listen to them. That service calls to me.

My number is 307-752-5097. I will return from vacation Aug. 4. Please advise if I may be of service.