The power of intention manifests as an expression of
expanding creativity, kindness, love, and beauty.
~ Wayne W. Dyer
The holidays are over and winter has settled in. The volume of snow has given me a sense of awe and appreciation for its stark beauty. I have already had the delight of using my snowshoes. I feel like a pro and I’m all in for our second New Hampshire winter! Winter also elicits a greater sense of caution and urgency especially for those who suffer severe financial stress. Thank you for your generous donations to the minister’s discretionary fund on Christmas Eve. Please know that I will continue to distribute your compassion through these funds all year with as much wisdom and kindness as I am able.
This month’s Soul Matters theme is Intention. Intention is different than resolution and so puts a different spin on the usual New Year’s promises we may make to ourselves. Intention invites us to go deeper, to direct our motivation from our heart and soul rather than just our intellect. I encourage you to check out the material. You can pick up a packet at the Fellowship or at http://starrkingfellowship.org/soul-matters/. We’ll also be exploring this topic in our Sunday morning services.
We are a faith tradition who comes from a people who were suffragists and abolitionists. We come from a people who fought with passion and conviction for civil rights in the 1960’s. How will we now contribute to this legacy? How will we as a Unitarian Universalist community lean into our own call to human dignity and decency, to the understanding that all people are entitled to the opportunity to step fully into their own potential free from burden of the prejudice and bias of a white supremacist system? How will we find the means to heal and go on, recommitted, to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person? I know we also need comfort, safety, and compassion, and we expect that from our faith community. In truth, we need those things to maintain a sustainable commitment to justice work. This month and next we’ll explore the reality of the white supremacy system. First, in a service with voices of color from our own denomination and consider how we might understand what that means for us here in New Hampshire. Second, we will dig deeper with classes in February that ask the question, what does it mean to be white? I am committed to leading Starr King UU Fellowship in providing opportunities to grow and learn, to make a difference, and to be comforted. We are an intentional community and this means that in our grief, in our celebrations, and in everyday living, we have each other.
We also have our children. As a faith community, it is our intent to help families raise compassionate people who bring more love into the world. We strive to raise children who are grounded in their own beliefs, sure of their own inherent dignity and worth, and who recognize the same in others. Jane Clay, Acting Director of Religious Education, and I are exploring possibilities for the future of our religious education at Starr King Fellowship. We believe, to best serve our children, we need input from their most important caregivers, their parents. If you are a parent and/or interested in how we might shape religious education in the future, I hope you’ll take the time to join us to discuss the future of religious education on January 21 or 25.
Expanding creativity, kindness, love and beauty – I think we can do all that. These are exciting and challenging times and I’m so happy to be in this messy, complex, and beautiful world with you.
In love and faith,