What is love? The ancient Greeks had 8 Words for Love

● Eros (romantic, passionate love)
● Philia (affectionate love)
● Agape (selfless, universal love)
● Storge (familiar love)
● Mania (obsessive love)
● Ludus (playful love)
● Pragma (enduring love)
● Philautia (self love)

In Unitarian Universalism we sometimes talk about “liberating love” and have named
Love (with a capital “L”) as the center of our faith. This month we explore this kind of
love, what it means to us individually and as a community and ask the question: What
does love call you to do?

Enjoy the following suggested exercises and resources to support you in your own inquiry!


Ask Them About Love

One of the best ways to explore our monthly themes is to bring them into the conversations you have
with those closest to you. It’s a powerful way to deepen our conversations and our relationships.

Below is a list of “love questions” to help you on your way.

Love Questions:
1. What did love mean to you as a child?
2. How has love changed as you’ve gotten older? Is it softer? Quieter? Larger? Tougher? Sneakier? More central? More painful? More universal? More ordinary? More mysterious? More demanding?
3. Whose love has companioned you the longest?
4. Has love ever scared you?
5. What most helped put you back together after love broke you to bits?
6. We know that self-love and self-care are essential. But which part of yourself most needs love and care right now? Your physical self, emotional self, intellectual self, relational self, spiritual self, sensory self, hidden self, pleasure-seeking self, fearful self, childhood self, hopeful self?
7. What do you know of “a love that will not let us go”?
8. What has been your greatest act of love?

From Soul Matters here are some great resources to help you explore.