Dear CVUU Members and Friends:
I know that there are a number of worrying and disturbing things going on in the world, and we must also remember that there is beauty, too. A lot of that beauty is happening right here at CVUU. I love pulling up to the church any day of the week and just about any time of day and seeing activity – people working outside and inside, gathering to discuss important issues and plan our response as a people of faith. Certainly, there is work to be done.
One of the most important things we can do is exercise our right to vote and encourage others to register and vote. Money can buy influence and attack ads, but if everyone whose interests are at stake in this next election were to vote, we would be dancing in the streets come November! Check out our Unitarian Universalist Association’s program UU The Vote https://www.uua.org/justice/vote2020 to see what’s happening around our association and to get involved.
I want to remind you that I am going to be traveling a bit over the next two weeks, so you won’t see me in worship this Sunday 1/19 or next Sunday 1/26. I will be in El Salvador with other religious professionals as part of a service and learning trip offered by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee’s College of Social Justice. So that Callie (our dog) can be with Dale while I am away, I will fly in and out of Boston and so am adding a couple of days on either side of that trip. Our Congregational Administrator will know how to reach me and will also have support from Rev. Andrew Millard of Newport News should anything come up while I am out of the country. I have much to learn about the situation in El Salvador. I know that there is great poverty and a history of violence against civilians. I am also aware that the United States government has at times intervened in ways that were not helpful. I am certain I will learn a great deal and look forward to sharing what I’ve learned with you when I return.
I am overwhelmed by your generosity during this past Sunday’s special offering to Abundant LUUV, an intentionally multicultural UU congregation located in the heart of an African American neighborhood. I am rooting for this congregation to thrive and grow, and your support means the world to them and to me. Thank you.
PS. Tickets for Tret Fure with Narissa Bond are on sale now! Invite your friends. Great music to help fund CVUU’s new social hall!
Rev. Justine Sullivan
Interim Minister, CVUU