I am here! My ministry at the Unitarian Church of Sharon has finally begun. May this be the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship together. I have been warmly welcomed so far, with flowers on my desk, a beautiful banner made by the children of our congregation, and all kinds of practical considerations. I encourage you to call or email me, I would love to hear from you.
This weekend included the heartbreak and horror of two mass shootings in a row, one of which is a confirmed white nationalist terrorist attack. You, like me, may have found yourself numb, grief-stricken, and angry all at once. Our hearts are with the families and communities who lost their loved ones this weekend. You, like me, may also have grappled with the awful awareness that we lose so many to other forms of violence too, such as those lost to the day-to-day interpersonal gun violence that ravages our cities. Somehow we have to grieve and rage against all these losses. In the midst of such fear and hurt we have to keep insisting on life, keep insisting on love, and keep denouncing hate in all its forms in word and in deed. Two examples of work that give me hope and ways to take action for long-term transformation include the powerful youth-led campaigns of the March For Our Lives, and the decades-long leadership of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. As for how to contribute directly to those impacted by these shootings, the El Paso Community Foundation has started a fund to help in the immediate aftermath of the shooting there, and the Dayton Foundation has started a fund for its community.
So my newly beloved community, like I said, I am here.
I am here and I want to get to know you.
I am here to listen to you and to speak with you. I am here to share myself with you.
I am here to grieve with you, to laugh with you, to pray with you, and to hope with you.
You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or at church (781-784-9460). For the month of August, I encourage you to contact me if you want to arrange a time. I will have regular office hours beginning in September. I look forward to seeing you soon.
Yours in peace and love,