“If you risk nothing, you risk everything.” ~ Geena Davis
Risk is our theme for the month of March. The first time I went to a Unitarian Universalist fellowship as a young adult I was terrified. I didn’t know anyone and I was afraid of what I might be getting myself into. Looking back, I am so glad I took that risk. Do you remember the first time you set foot in a church or fellowship, maybe this fellowship? It takes courage to visit a place of unfamiliar ritual and worship on a Sunday morning. But we are a people who take risks and welcome those who risk a visit with us and we are well rewarded for it. I like to keep this in mind as we navigate the inevitable changes that come with time and new leadership. If our community chose never to try anything new, never to make changes, we would “risk everything.” Knowing this we can choose to be active participants in the changes that come our way. I believe we have many yet undreamed opportunities and I’m excited as we build on our past to shape our future together.
March is our stewardship month and money is typically a risky subject. Still, we needn’t be afraid to be open and honest about what it takes to maintain and grow our community. Please express your commitment to Starr King Fellowship through your attendance at a cottage meeting, a pledge contribution and through your participation in activities and committees. Every member of our community adds something to the whole. Our varied gifts combine to make the fellowship a place that is rich in activities, relationships, and meaning making.
Finally, I want to give a big THANK YOU to all who participated in the space survey. I would never have guessed that we’d have such a high response rate; there can be little doubt that we care about our facilities. I am especially grateful to those on the Space Task Force who did the work of putting the survey together and providing recommendations from our responses. I am excited to see what’s next as we look closely at our needs and take the risk to make changes to improve how we use our building and grounds. I hope you’ll find a way that feels right for you to be involved as we bring about our best expression of beloved community, especially if it involves a little risk.
In Faith and Love, Rev. Linda