“Some good news to share. The Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is pleased to announce its unanimous nomination of the Rev. Meg Riley and Charles Du Mond for election as the next co-moderators of the UUA, at the special election to be held at General Assembly (GA) 2020, in Providence, RI. If elected, they will serve in this position for a term beginning at the conclusion of GA 2020 and ending at the conclusion of GA 2025.”
Meg is my Senior Minister where I am an affiliate community minister at the Church of the Larger Fellowship. She announced her retirement a few weeks ago. She will be missed at CLF. I am deeply grateful personally and for our UU world to see her nominated as co-Moderator.
Be sure to check the calendar of events at Twinkle’s Place as well as at Moosehead Lake Retreats for enrollment information about scheduled retreats. We are also able to custom-design retreats to meet your group’s specific needs. (Spiritual, Wellness, Nature, Womens, Couples, Artists and Writers retreats and more!).
These beautiful songs and “thought for contemplation” have been selected to be included in our worship service this Sunday. The theme is “Sacred Service: Answering the call to social activism with one’s spiritual journey.” Join us at the UU Church of Waterville Maine at 10:00AM. (69 Silver Street)
Thought for Contemplation: “When we serve we become more compassionate, more sensitive, more understanding, and more aware. When we serve we experience what love can do.” ~ Rev. Peter Morales
Join “Twinkle” Marie Porter-Manning this weekend at the Second Annual Fall Folk Festival at The Commons in Dover-Foxcroft. In addition to her Women of Spirit, Exploring Sacred Paths of Wisdom Keepers anthology, “Twinkle” will be debuting two newly published books: The original “Blessing Book”for women’s rituals and “Family Blessing Book,” ((Scroll to bottom of page for links)).
“Twinkle” will also have select pieces of one-of-a-kind art, goddess-jewelry, and holiday ornaments available.
I am so grateful to have seen this video in my YouTube queue today.
Rev. Bishop Carlton Pearson is an affiliate minister of All Souls Tulsa UU. I’ve shared his work many times. He is an evangelical minister ordained in other traditions and brings with him a metaphysical approach to Unitarian Universalism similar to the one I bring. At this moment, given recent collegial happenings, this message resonates profoundly with me. He speaks of what covenant is, with ourselves and with each other. He talks about the importance of agreement and the even greater importance of disagreement. He reminds us that we are committed to diversities, and that, “We have to agree to disagree in order to be in covenant. You cannot be in covenant unless you make a decision to disagree on certain points.”
Rev. Pearson emphasizes this with a quote Alfred P. Sloan, American business executive and CEO who built sustained business through agreement, “If we are all in agreement on the decision, then I propose we postpone further discussion of this matter until our next meeting to give ourselves time to develop disagreement and perhaps gain some understanding of what the decision is all about.”
And, with emotion, he reminds us how important it is to honor our covenants and our bonds with each other. That we need each other. That we are divine.
This year we did not create our ofrendas and other altars for the dead. Instead during this season that houses two important family traditions, Samhain and Día de los Muertos, we kept our altar space intact as it is everyday with family portraits and pictures of our lost family members posed in celebration with us while they were still alive. We did not single any nor all out for altars dedicated to our deceased loved ones. Not this year. We wanted to keep everyone together, if only in pictures and our memories. Our recent loss is too deep to do otherwise, and impossible to articulate beyond that. There was trick-or-treating on Halloween, and the children did beautiful Day of the Dead arts and crafts. (the skulls below done by Orion and friend). We told stories. We danced. And we rested.
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.
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.
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.