“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”
~ Desmond Tutu
Early December brings the promise, the peril, and the beauty of new snow. I love watching it fall ever so gently to blanket the earth. The pause of the Winter Solstice invites me to savor the peaceful nature of a winter’s night, for it is only at night that one can see the stars. And Christmas invites us to enjoy revisiting old songs and customs, good food, and good company. It also invites us to contemplate the rebirth of hope. This comes with the story of Jesus’ birth and every birth, and the return of the light after the Winter Solstice. Our Soul Matters theme for the month of December is “Hope.” Reading the packet I was struck by the invitation to use hope, not to go inward, to lick our wounds, or take solace in silence; but rather to draw strength. The invitation is to “get up and go out and meet the light.” I feel like that’s where we’re headed as we close out 2017 and look forward, with hope, to the New Year.
Visioning the New Year has me thinking about how we engage with each other; specifically, how is it we offer hospitality especially on Sunday mornings. Look for some changes in the coming year now that we have the new coffee system. Can you tell I like the new coffee system? I do! I also envision a deeper engagement in race and justice issues with the wider community of Unitarian Universalists and others. Your board of trustees and I have begun the work of exploring deeper fellowship engagement around the issue of White Supremacy.
I continue to enjoy the easy-going nature of our once-per-month vespers services. I invite you to join us for a short vespers service and pizza on Friday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m.
Our annual Christmas Eve service will be held a little earlier, at 5:00 pm, this year so that we can enjoy being together at the Fellowship and have Christmas Eve at home. I hope you’ll join us.
Finally, I wish you and those you love, all the best of this season. I wish for you blessings of peace, blessings of hope, and blessings of winter beauty so that we may be heartened to be what the world so needs us to be, called again and again to “get up and go out and meet the light.”
In Faith and Love, Rev. Linda