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the triage of grief

They sat with me for hours in this spot. Sometimes talking. Much of the time just being still, gazing at Autumn’s tranquil beauty and listening to the sounds of the Lake. 

For some this may look like healing. 

I know with experienced certainty it is not. 

Not yet. 

This, this is the perpetual triage of raw grief. 

Keep the body still.

Regulate the breath.

Quiet the mind.

Assess the wound.

Allow tears, laughter or lethargy to come.

Keep in check the anger.

When there is energy, do something useful, purposeful.

Ardently cradle the sorrow when it assails.

Repeat.

Thank you to everyone who has brought us meals, and sent us cards, and held me in your arms or with your spirit. Thank you for your prayers. Thank you for your love. You are a blessing to us, to me. Thank you.

~ Twinkle

#ThatsWhatFriendsAreFor
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#PiecesOfPeaceOnEarth

Unitarian Universalism – who can claim it and who is claimed by it?

Rev. Kate Braestrup is an ordained UU Minister residing in Maine. She has helped countless people cope with acute trauma and navigate unimaginable grief. Her viral video on The Moth Radio Hour introduced millions to our Unitarian Universalist faith tradition. She has received many accolades and awards for her work in the mental health field. She has been given an award by the UUA recognizing her contribution to religious liberalism. Recently she has shared this blog post.

Two questions that are paramount: Who can claim Unitarian Universalism as their own…and who is claimed (or rejected) by Unitarian Universalism? What are the standards for UUs in general in regards to how we are to treat each other?

Calendar Notes

Due to the tragic death in our family, many of our Autumn-time events have been cancelled or postponed, including retreats in Pittsfield and on Moosehead Lake. If you were registered for an event, please see your inbox for details or message us. The monthly women’s book group at Twinkle’s Place will resume in December. Weekly silent meditations and Hygge teas will begin in November.

Events and speaking engagements that will remain as scheduled include:

  • Pulpit supply of previously scheduled Sunday mornings (see calendar for dates and times);
  • Maine Municipal Association presentation on October 3rd;
  • Orion’s Hallowe’en Party, Día de los Muertos crafts and storytelling, and our annual Samhain Ritual.

Love and Condolences to the Jones Family.

Our community is mourning the loss of Sumner “Bud” Jones

As time permits I will write a homily about Bud. I have only known this wonderful man for five and a half years, yet I have several cherished anecdotes.  He and his wife Barb were so welcoming of me when I moved here. And charming. By their example they taught me a great deal about the many facets of being in a multi-religious, multi-political community in rural Maine.

Bud you will be missed.

https://obituaries.bangordailynews.com/obituary/sumner-jones-jr-1076990286

9/11 Again – 2019

Every year on 9/11 my services always include this song – played, sung or spoken. “If I Give Your Name” by Pat Humphries and Sandy O of Emma’s Revolution. As well as some version of Judy Chicago’s Merger Poem as prayer, as meditation, as wish and as dream. May the day come when we can all live in gentle compassion and peaceableness.

Turn the World Around

This Sunday many will gather for the Water Communion. The UU Singers choir in the congregation I serve this week will be singing “Turn the World Around” by Harry Belafonte/Robert Freedman. I adore this song! The reminder, and the call, of our unity. 

When Harry Belafonte performed this on The Muppet Show, he talked about what makes the world go ‘round, that we are here for a very brief time, and that if we take the time to understand each other that there is not really any difference in any of us. And that, if we get to know each other, to really care about each other, we can turn the world around. 

May your Water Communions be beautiful calls to compassionately love one another.

“Turn the World Around” 

by Harry Belafonte/Robert Freedman

We come from the fire

Livin’ in the fire

Go back to the fire

Turn the world around

We come from the water

Livin’ in the water

Go back to the water

Turn the world around

We come from the mountain

Livin’ on the mountain

Go back to the mountain

Turn the world around

Oh, oh so is life

Oh, oh so is life

Oh, oh so is life

Oh, oh so is life

Do you know who I am

Do I know who you are

See we one another clearly

Do we know who we are

Oh, oh so is life

A ba tee wah ha so is life

Oh, oh so is life

A ba tee wah ha so is life

Water make the river

River wash the mountain

Fire make the sunlight

Turn the world around

Heart is of the river

Body is the mountain

Spirit is the sunlight

Turn the world around

We are of the spirit

Truly of the spirit

Only can the spirit

Turn the world around

We are of the spirit

Truly of the spirit

Only can the spirit

Turn the world around

Do you know who I am

Do I know who you are

See we one another clearly

Do we know who we are

Oh, oh so is life

A ba tee wah ha so is life

Oh, oh so is life

A ba tee wah ha so is life

YOU are invited to our Water Communion Service


Join Us!
Sermon: Gentle Ripples, a Water Communion Service to Gather The Beloved Community
Sunday, September 8th, 2019 (10:00 am)
The Universalist Unitarian Church of Waterville
69 Silver Street, Waterville, Maine

Worship Leader: Rev. “Twinkle” Marie Porter-Manning

Thought for Contemplation:
“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” 
~ Coretta Scott King
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