Letter from the Minister – Sept. 2020

Dear UUSA,

It is wonderful to be back among you, preparing for our new program year and worship season. This year, we’ll meditate on the five smooth stones of liberal religion and the five jagged rocks of Unitarian Universalism, taking each one as a monthly theme. During September, we’ll examine what it means to be part of a living tradition. That makes it all sound kind of boring, though. This month, in the context of living tradition, we’ll celebrate our ingathering and water ritual as never before, bless our masks and our lives as they are, and revisit the story of Jonah and the intersection of Unitarian Universalism and Judaism. We’ll go deep, we’ll have fun, and we’ll feel our community around us even when we’re not in our beloved sanctuary.

As for non-Sunday things, we’re still working that out. I encourage you to participate in Beloved Conversations, a deep and spiritually grounded program examining our own racial identity and place in racial justice work — talk to Steve Rice if you’re interested in participating. I hope to see many of you (masked and properly distanced, of course) on Hymnal Day – Sunday, September 20 — and at our Connecticut River Cleanup on Saturday, September 26.

Beyond that, what does your spirit need right now? What will give you the energy and stamina to make it through hard times? Do you need quiet time, or exuberant joy, or grounding nature, or spiritual practices? Please let me know what you need, or reach out to me if you would like some help discerning this. Some of our common needs may inspire future programming

I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on Zoom on Sunday (bring your water!) and maybe even in person for Hymnal Day and the River Cleanup.

In faith,
Rev. Rachael

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