The day and date don’t mean so much lately. Days blur together with their cycles of meals, Zoom calls, and walks in the park. This time of pandemic reminds us there are vastly more important things than the difference between Wednesday and Thursday. We miss our extended families, our friends, our congregation, and much more. We rage against and lament the inequalities laid bare and exacerbated by coronavirus, we recommit ourselves to the struggle for human dignity and the flourishing of all life on our planet. We grieve our losses, personal and global. We keep trying to take care of ourselves and one another as best we can.
Social distancing bends time: one moment, it feels like the last month and a half has passed lightning-quick; the next, sharing handshakes and hugs with all of you feels like a distant memory. Every now and then, I catch myself picking up my phone to scroll on news feeds searching for an answer to this question: When will this be over? As if my phone is a fortune-teller, as if there is a definitive answer to that question.
It’s alluring, trying to peer into the future. I need to keep pulling myself back to right now: I do what I can, with what I have, where I am. I have been looking to nature for guidance on staying present. The trees outside my window do not try to predict the future. The spider crawling across my community garden plot does not count the days. From one moment to the next, all these living things arrive in the present. May we all arrive in the present too, and keep trying to do what we can, with what we have, where we are.
I am wondering: how are your hearts these days? I am thinking about our people who are health care workers, our people who are multitasking with kids and work at home, our people who may be feeling isolated or lonely, our people who are navigating changes and uncertainties of all kinds. I am thinking about all of you, however you are making it through this time, whether it be heavy or light or somewhere in between for you.
On another note, did you know I am in an evaluation period? As I am a minister in Preliminary Fellowship with our Unitarian Universalist Association, our congregation will be submitting evaluations this year and next to the UUA to help me progress to Final Fellowship. Our UCS Board of Trustees and our Committee on Ministry are both responsible for evaluating me. Please take a moment to fill out the survey and help our Committee on Ministry craft an informed evaluation. Your feedback will help strengthen my service to this congregation.
Sending love to each and every one of you.
Peace and blessings,
Rev. Jolie Olivetti