10/6/21

Dear Ones,

This past week was truly an exciting week.  CVUU had visitors from Congresswoman Elaine Luria’s office and Virginia Interfaith Power and Light (VAIPL).  They were interested in the work that we have done in the building and on the grounds that is having a positive environmental impact.  We were even presented with a print of “The Green World, in recognition of our work. It is wonderful for people to be able to hear our story.  All of you should be proud.

We here at CVUU have been trying to be good stewards of the earth. And if we acknowledge the interdependent web spoken of in the Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism, there is really no other choice. The recent oil spill on the California coast is having a devastating impact on animal life and the livelihoods of those living out there.  What is the message here? To be in right relationship with the earth and with everything that lives in it and on it, we must continue to develop alternative energy sources. When we talk about being good stewards of the earth, we are talking about being in right relationship with it.  We can’t do everything, but we can do what is in our power to do. The earth is crying out all the time, telling us what we need to do.  We only have to listen. 

Once again, 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.  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 in case we need to cancel the service because of inclement weather.

There is a Check-In and Chat on Thursday at 12 pm in Zoom. I hope to see some of you there.  And bring your lunch!

In my closing this week, I would like to share with you a haunting but beautiful piece of music by OLOX called “Crying of Earth (Terra Clamor).” May we always listen to the earth’s cry.

In peace and love,

Rev. Viola

Rev. Viola Abbitt  (She/Her/Hers)
Minister
Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists
809 South Military Highway
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Office: 1-757-627-5371×3
Mobile: 757-354-4541

We had some special visitors to CVUU last week who wished to see all the green efforts we have made to the grounds and our new building. Rev. Viola, seen here in the middle, is holding a gift for CVUU, a print of “The Green World, in recognition of our environmental efforts. From left: Dr. Charles L. Stuppard, District Director for Congresswoman Elaine Luria; Bob Williams, Grounds Committee; Steve Ciganek, CVUU President; Rev. Viola Abbitt; Kendyl Crawley Crawford, Co-Director, Virginia Interfaith Power and Light (VAIPL); Doug Throp, Environmental Initiative; Karen Laurie Thomas, Constituent Services Representative for Congresswoman Elaine Luria; Dr. Faith Harris, Co-Director, VAIPL.

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