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A Garden of Gratitude
It’s taken our village to keep us going as a congregation in this over-a-year of pandemic. While it is true every year that congregational life does not exist without YOU, it’s never been truer than this year. This service is an ... read more.
A Message from Rev. Karen – May 26, 2021
As this pandemic continues, there are so many ways our bodies have taught us that we live in an interdependent universe. First it was that one person’s breath could make someone else very, very sick. Then it was that each of us masking could take care of each other. For many of us, our nervous systems have moved up and down on the rollercoaster of pandemic spikes. Now we are learning how to (holy, slowly) come out of high-pandemic-space and move towards what I hear being called endemic space: a virus that can kill living among us, like the many other germs, bacteria, and bugs with which we make our co-existence.
Unless your medical provider has cautioned you against it, or you are under the age of 12, I hope that you have gotten your Covid-19 vaccination or have a date to do so. It is how we take care of ourselves…and how we take care of one another. As the guidance and mandates around masking changes in the state, we will probably always be on the cautious side of things – we do this out of a combination of our belief in science and our commitment to be as inclusive as possible, recognizing that not everyone has access to the vaccine.
I think the imprint on us of this pandemic is going be with us for a long time to come – long after all the tracking indicators go green. There is a kind of trauma that we have been going through that is taking its toll. Sometimes in ways that are obvious. Sometimes in ways that aren’t so easy to observe or realize.
For instance, there has been over a year in which we have been taught to keep our distance from people because of unintentional harm that might come of it. An existential message of that kind sticks and stays with us, lodging in our lizard brain, which is a big part of our nervous system.
Whether we consciously recognize it or not, it’s a kind of trauma. I’ve heard many stories – and experienced in myself – folks who are trying out activities that before the pandemic were normal and easy. For instance, eating inside a restaurant. Returning to such “normal” activities can bring nausea, anxiety, inability to eat, self-doubt, insomnia. As with any kind of trauma, it is a good idea to pay attention to it so that our healing is as wholesome as possible.
The Unitarian Society welcomes you to our little corner of the virtual world.
In mid-March 2020, our congregation responded to the COVID19 pandemic by staying open virtually, and closing our building – for the protection and health of our congregation. Since that time, the world, and this nation, has been through ups and downs, hot spots and flattened curves.
And it’s not over yet. We are aware and take seriously that the pandemic is far from over and that there are risks in gathering in person that we are unwilling to take as a congregation.
We continue to hold congregational activities online, including a robust and live Sunday service using Zoom. The link is posted here on our home page and on our Facebook page. This fall, as long as the weather cooperates, we have held and will be holding a few outdoor activities.
Our beautiful grounds are open to all – good weather or no. They can be a soothing place in the midst of otherwise suburban concrete and asphalt environs. If you choose to visit our Sanctuary Garden, it’s best to drive all the way to the back of the parking lot, then park, and walk under the arbor trellis. There is a labyrinth, as well as our Gratitude Garden where you can make your own prayer flag, expressing gratitude you feel and want to share.
I hope that in looking through this web site, you will find what you are looking for and that you will continue to check us out – looking at our Facebook page for the most current listing of events and activities; attending a Sunday service; or dropping in for online “lunch” with me and others on Tuesdays at 12:15 (https://zoom.us/j/96318882625, Meeting ID: 963 1888 2625, Passcode: chalice).
Unitarian Univeralism believes that this is no time for a casual faith or to be alone. Too much is going on – seeds of hope and causes for despair; so much hate, division, and lies, as well as intentional compassion and building the world we dream about – for any of us to try to get through it on our own.
I hope you’ll join us,
Who are we? We are an eclectic group of individuals coming together in community since 1955, committed to growing ourselves, each other, and sharing our gifts for the healing of the world. Some of us knew we were Unitarian Universalists before we stepped foot here. Others discovered it over spending time as part of the congregation. Some are still figuring it out.
We gather not because we share the same beliefs about the nature of god and the universe (we don’t), but because we believe that each of us is a gift and all of us together have a necessary role in making the world a better place.
We are a people across the age span – young, old, and in between — with an engaged and engaging religious education program on Sunday mornings, as well as Affinity groups to fit a variety of interests and cultivate connection.
We are proud to be a congregation that affirms people of all races/ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities. We are officially a Welcoming Congregation, knowing that our world and community is made richer by the presence of gay, lesbian, bi, straight, transgender, and genderqueer folks.
We are people who have doubt, express skepticism, embody faith, and welcome questions as much as answers – sometimes all at the same time.
We are called into community to believe what we must, to follow our path and support others on theirs, and to continually seek a purpose greater than any single person.
Our is a liberal religious tradition: we believe that truths are continually unfolding and are to be found in many sources, ancient and ever-new.
We understand that each of us individually, and all of us together, are part of an interdependent web of existence – that we can influence that web, but are also influenced and formed by it.
What joins us together is our engaged respect for each other, our commitment to the principles of Unitarian Universalism, and the ongoing promises we make to create a community together.
Who are you?
- Someone seeking spiritual, intellectual, emotional connection.
- Someone who wants to go deeper with your sense of engagement in the world, living your values and your faith out loud.
- Someone who wants to engage in the creative dance between honoring our individual expression and our responsibility to community.
Come check us out. As the colorful sign in our lobby says, “Welcome All Into Our House”