With October begins a new theme, Cultivating Relationship. David Rockefeller, who was a billionaire at the time of his death in 2017, once said, “I am convinced that material things can contribute a lot to making one’s life pleasant, but, basically, if you do not have very good friends and relatives who matter to you, life will be really empty and sad and material things cease to be important.” Questions for us to ponder this month are: How important are our relationships to us and what does it mean to cultivate relationship? Each of us is in different kinds of relationships. How did they begin? Did we intentionally start them, or did we simply fall into them? More importantly, what are we doing to keep the ones that we value?
Because October is World Animal Month, at each of our services this coming Sunday we will have an animal blessing to honor the relationships that we have with non-human beings. So, if you have a well-behaved pet, or a well-contained one, have them with you in the virtual service at 9 a.m. or the in-person service at 11 a.m. If you are unable to bring them with you, you can bring a picture of your furry (or winged or scaled or shelled) baby. We will also honor our animal friends who were much-loved members of our families who are no longer with us, so please bring pictures of them, too. If you are bringing an animal to the in-person service, please remember to indicate that in your registration. Also, if you can help with the in-person service this Sunday, please send an email to Susie Gullixson at email@example.com.
Animals can have a profound impact on our lives. Ann Wilson of the group Heart wrote the song “Dog & Butterfly.” She said this about her inspiration for writing the song: “I looked out of my window and saw the dog chasing a butterfly. He wouldn’t give up; he just kept chasing that butterfly. I thought it was impossible, yet he kept on going. Like so much in life, the spirit is undaunted, you keep going after it.” Here it is for you.
In peace and love,
Rev. Viola Abbitt (She/Her/Hers)
Coastal Virginia Unitarian Universalists
809 South Military Highway
Virginia Beach, VA 23464