Sept. 19, 2018

Dear CVUU members and friends:

Many of you have told me that you found this past week’s Yom Kippur service meaningful, that it was helpful to be reminded of our connections to each other, and that it is important for us to reach out and acknowledge the injuries we have experienced and that we may have caused.

Covenant is what holds us together in community and what we can call each other back to when we fall short. The public discourse in our country has become so coarse and so full of vitriol; I am grateful for the tender moments we allow ourselves and each other in this community of faith. That doesn’t mean we can or should avoid difficult conversations, but it does meant that we can assume good intentions, speak our own truth, apologize when we cause harm, and begin again in love.

Beginning on Saturday, October 20, I will be offering an adult religious education entitled “Spirit in Practice.” We will meet from 9:30 to 11:00 for 5 Saturday morning sessions (10/20, 10/27, 11/10, 12/1, and 12/8). Attendance at all sessions is preferred, but not required, and at the first session, we will review the schedule to see if adjustments need to be made. Please contact me for more information. The sessions are designed to allow us to go deeper into our spiritual lives, both individually and as part of a spiritual community.

This coming weekend is very full. We have the rescheduled Joe Jencks concert on Friday night, a memorial service for Robert Echols on Saturday afternoon at 2, Mabon Festival at 5 and on Sunday morning our worship service will focus on gratitude for the gifts of the season of autumn. It will be good to be with you.

Some of you have asked about a memorial service for Bob Magee, who died over the summer. To accommodate the travel schedules of some dear ones of Bob’s, the service will be held in October. Watch this space for further information.

I am so happy to be here with all of you. I enjoy the times when we’re all together, and it is my great privilege to spend time with you in smaller groups or one on one. Please call or write if you would like to meet or speak with me.


Rev. Justine Sullivan
Interim Minister, CVUU