This month our Soul Matter’s Theme is embodiment. It was Cindy Spring who made it come alive for me when she asked, What would it mean if we embodied our faith? We strive to embody those values of dignity, democracy, love, and justice. We are imperfect, I know. Sometimes we fail to ask for what we need and are disappointed when we don’t get it. Sometimes we fail to listen when someone simply needs to be heard. And at other times, though, we are just what’s needed, a warm hug, a compassionate ear, a curious question, or a hearty laugh. I celebrate those times when our faith community embodies our best selves. I see it every day at our fellowship. I hope you do too.
We had a successful pledge drive and I am deeply grateful. I know it’s hard to talk about money and our expectations of each other. When my children were young and would complain about how one of them was treated differently than the others, I’d tell them, “fair doesn’t mean everyone gets the same thing; it means we all get what we need.” I think of our pledge drive in the same way. Fair means not that we each give the same amount but that we all give what we can. Whether your pledge is big or small, it is a worthy gift. The greatest gift though, I believe, is that of your presence. It is people who embody our fellowship. So, whether you are quiet, talkative, reflective, troubled, or joyful, your presence is your most important pledge. Please know that I am grateful for all the gifts members and friends bring to our fellowship. We are a fellowship that cares for each other and contributes generously to the wider community and because of this we are poised for another great year together.
As we wind down this spring we need to prepare to start again in the fall. Right now we are signing up religious education (RE) teachers. As an RE teacher you will be provided lesson plans and the material resources you’ll need. You will learn along with our children and you will still have the opportunity to attend many Sunday services. I encourage you consider it, especially if you’ve never done it before. It is another one of those gifts we give the fellowship.
Finally, I want to express my appreciation and gratitude for our installation service. It was beautiful and deeply meaningful to me. It felt like an invitation to all that is next for us and together, we said “YES!”
In Faith and Love, Rev. Linda