Our November theme is “Healing.” How can we consider healing if we keep stumbling upon fresh hurts? Even if we are weathering many losses and heartbreaks in our families, in our neighborhoods, or in the headlines, we can still try to offer ourselves and one another the medicine we need. Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen says,
Wounding and healing are not opposites. They’re part of the same thing. It is our wounds that enable us to be compassionate with the wounds of others. It is our limitations that make us kind to the limitations of other people. It is our loneliness that helps us to find other people or to even know they’re alone with an illness. I think I have served people perfectly with parts of myself I used to be ashamed of.
Last month, we held a special evening service called “Vote Love,” with a focus on the upcoming election. One of the most important insights that our service leaders and participants shared that evening was that, no matter what happens with this election, there will be work to do. Whoever wins the national election, whoever wins in Congress, in our local races, we will still have plenty to do after November 3. We have the work of keeping ourselves and our friends and family and community members as safe as possible in this time of pandemic. We have the work of fighting for the causes we care about, locally and globally. We have the work of listening to one another, of listening for the being in each human being, even if we disagree. We also have healing work to do, too: healing ourselves and one another in the face of centuries-old structures of oppression that divide, exploit, and benefit some at the expense of others, based on who we are. What is the work you are called to do in these days?
Have you noticed changes to our website? You should be able to find most Zoom links in the church calendar, accessible each month at https://www.uusharon.org/calendars/month. Have you noticed new weekly emails from our Congregational Administrator, Linda Cveckova? We are trying new approaches to our communications. Please let me or Linda C. know if you have feedback, or if you are having trouble finding something you are looking for.
One final note: I hope you join me and our Interim Director of Religious Education Christine Bulman for a special worship service on Sunday, November 22 at 10 AM and 10:30 AM, and at the Listening Sessions that bookend that service: the Friday evening prior, and Sunday afternoon just after the service. The topic: “Moving Through Change Together.” More details about these events can be found in the newsletter and on our church calendar. Whether or not we have had children enrolled in RE during the past 16 years, we are all impacted by Louise Marcoux’s retirement after her many years of loving service to this community. Christine and I want to open up space to share stories about what is most meaningful to us in Religious Education and in the life of our congregation as a whole.
Yours in faith and love,
Zoom Chats with Rev. Jolie Every Thursday at 10 AM
Drop in and say hi, connect with one another and your minister. Time permitting and as the spirit moves us, we will reflect on a prompt together.