Jan. 23, 2019

“We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”

Joan Didion

Dear CVUU Members and Friends,

For years now I have been fascinated by the power of telling stories, and many others must share that fascination as programs like the Moth radio hour have soared in popularity n recent years.  Stories tell us who we are, and they can tell us who we are not or are no longer, as well. In fact, stories are so powerful that there is an entire area of psychotherapy called narrative therapy that acknowledges and works to harness the power of story in our healing.  We see the power of stories everyday in the public sphere; one side frames the terms of the debate and the other side scrambles to deflect and defend. What is the story that best describes you? Is it the story your parents and siblings have about you, or have you rewritten your story to better fit who you are now?  

And what of Unitarian Universalism?  For years, we have have been allowing others to tell our story, describing us by what we don’t believe, saddling us with the burden of having to defend ourselves as moral, ethical people even though we don’t believe in …insert x, y, or z.  We need to tell better stories about our UU faith, about this congregation, about our own lives. I’d like us to do more story-telling together as we move toward the great celebration of our new building on April 28th, but even beyond that.  We have a saving message of hope and connection to offer the world; let’s work on telling better stories of who we are, who we have been, and who we want to be. Come let us be together in worship and in storytelling this Sunday, January 27th.

Once upon a time…..?

In faith and fellowship,


Rev. Justine Sullivan
Interim Minister, CVUU
T 757-627-5371
C 508-662-0279