This past week we celebrated two important days, National Coming Out Day, and Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
National Coming Out Day is a day on which we acknowledge our LGBTQ+ siblings. But it is a day that is still very complicated. There are people who can rejoice in their ability to openly proclaim their identities, while at the same time, there are others who cannot share in that freedom. As an ally, I feel that I must hold the complexities of both realities by showing love and support, and by doing what I can to help make our spaces welcoming for everyone. The Unitarian Universalist Association recognizes that there is still work to do and for Welcoming Congregations like CVUU, there is a renewal program called Five Practices of Welcoming Renewal. You can find out more information about it at this link: https://www.uua.org/lgbtq/welcoming/program/five-practices-welcome-renewal. If any of you are interested in pursuing this, please send me an email at email@example.com.
This year was the first time that a United States President honored Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and you can find President Biden’s proclamation here. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/10/08/a-proclamation-indigenous-peoples-day-2021/
Whether or not you are familiar with the day and no matter your politics, the proclamation is worthy of reading, as it is an example of the Eighth Principle at work. This is progress on the long and difficult road to Beloved Community.
Bad weather held us back last week, but this week we will be having a virtual service at 9:00 a.m. and an in-person service at 11:00 a.m. Don’t forget, everyone must be masked and appropriately distanced at the in-person service. Also, until the Board changes its guidance, there is no food or beverage in The Gathering Area, as consumption of them requires unmasking. Please do not forget to register for the in-person service. And once you have registered, remember to check your email and social media in case we need to cancel the service again because of inclement weather.
There is a Check-In and Chat on Thursday at 12 p.m. in Zoom. I hope to see some of you there. And bring your lunch!
As we think about this month’s theme of Cultivating Relationship and the days given special recognition this past week, in my closing, I would like to share with you a song by Bernice Johnson Reagon, “There’s a New World Coming.”
In peace and love,
Rev. Viola Abbitt (She/Her/Hers)
Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists
809 South Military Highway
Virginia Beach, VA 23464