Aug. 19, 2020

Dear Ones,

I cannot believe that August is more than half over.  Before we know it, the summer, which probably did not feel like much of a summer for most of us, will be over.  And, we will be moving into our third season in the midst of a pandemic.  

How will we continue to successfully cope with this new way of being?  I am not sure if any of us ever thought we would live with physical distancing this long.  But, our commitment to the well-being of each other is made manifest by our commitment to the guidelines aimed at making sure that each and every one of us is as safe from infection as we can possibly be.  If ever the First Principle, which honors the inherent worth and dignity of each of us, and the Seventh Principle, which recognizes the connection in all things, were observed in action, it is right now … in the consideration that all of us show when we remember to keep our distance and wear face masks.  If you think of it that way, we could almost consider the wearing of a mask and making sure that we keep six feet from others a form of life affirming spiritual practice.

One of the contributors to Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood, Paul Eisemann, said “You get up in the morning, you brush your teeth, and you help another human being.”  So let us all remember to do what we can to help others in this difficult time.  And because we are all connected, when we do that, we are also helping ourselves.

Don’t forget to send Tracy Brune your pictures of water for the Homecoming service, as well as your “if wishes could come true” no-limits place you would travel to if you could.  Please send them to her by September 2, 2020, and you can send them to her at

Be well, stay safe and keep hope.

In peace and love,
Rev. Viola

Rev. Viola Abbitt
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