February 23, 2017, Linda Barnes
We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome.
~ John Steinbeck
As Steinbeck’s quote above suggests, we are lonesome animals and the identities we
put on can make us more or less so. Our Soul Matters theme for February is Identity.
We are a community where we are invited to bring all of ourselves and be accepted.
At our best, we are both welcomed and welcoming. Let this be our identity. The Soul
Matters packet is rich with ways we might find meaning in our lives. If you haven’t
looked already, you can find the packet on our Soul Matters Page.
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling some really good energy around our fellowship.
Seven of us participated, with other UU’s in the state, to organize the UU Action
Network for New Hampshire (it may have a different name later). Please give
Betty Ann Trought extra appreciation for agreeing to serve on the board. Look to
them soon for recommendations on actions we can take on a local level to promote
our UU values in New Hampshire.
Many of us participated in the Women’s March in Concord, Boston, and Washington,
D.C. expressing our right to assemble and make our voices heard. It was good to see
so many UU’s and people from our own fellowship involved in this event. I am inspired
to belong to faith community that expresses its joy and concern with such enthusiasm.
I continue to be impressed with the passion and compassion of those that keep our
Fellowship moving forward. Help us continue to do that by responding to the Space
Assessment Task Force Survey. This will help us align our values and mission with
the space that we share.
Finally, there can be little doubt that we live in challenging times. Many of us have
expressed concerns about the erosion of civil liberties, threats to funding for science,
and a backward trajectory in our efforts to fight climate change. There are renewed
efforts to take away reproductive rights of women, the rights of Muslims, immigrants,
and more. It feels overwhelming, I know. I feel the same way too. Let us respond by
agreeing to work together so that we may claim the identity of a people who Stand on
the Side of Love. Let us be a people who speak up for those who have no voice. By
working together in this struggle, we make a difference for each other and for the
wider world. Do not doubt that we are part of a larger movement and that together
we are some pretty powerful “straw.”
In Faith and Love,