Dear Ones of CVUU,
I have returned from my learning adventure in El Salvador, sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice. I am so grateful to all of you for allowing me the chance to go and learn alongside of UU colleagues, other religious professionals from the US, and 10 amazing social justice activists from El Salvador. We spent mornings in class learning about the history of struggle and resilience in El Salvador, and each afternoon we traveled to important and sacred sites. There has been much brutality and suffering in this country, and yet the people of El Salvador are strong and committed to building more justice for all Salvadorans. I am still processing much of what I experienced and will be sharing it with you over the coming weeks. For now, know that I am glad that I went, and I am also glad to return to all of you.
We have a lot of wonderful things happening at CVUU in the coming weeks. I hope to see you all this Saturday night at the concert by our own Tret Fure and Narissa Bond. Michael and Jimmy and Fred, and Garland have agreed to coordinate some refreshments for intermission. Cookies and other simple snacks would be most welcome. Admission is $20 to benefit our new social hall (come to the mid-winter meeting after worship on Feb 23 to hear more about the plans and progress for the new social hall!!!). It is going to be a night of beautiful music, and I hope to see you all there.
Saturday, Feb 8 from 9AM to 2PM is the Compassionate Communication workshop, led by the amazing Reverend Carlton Smith. We talk a lot in our faith movement and here at CVUU about covenant, that is about how we aspire to be together and the promises we make to each other as an intentional community of faith. This class gives us tools for sharing both our wishes and our disappointments and finding our way back when (not if) we fall short in meeting our promises to ourselves and each other. We are meeting in the sanctuary, so there is plenty of room for everyone. Lunch will be provided, and childcare is available upon request. Please enroll in advance so we are sure to have enough food for everyone. https://signup.com/go/ecdEkWQ
On Sunday, Feb 9 I will continue my “Second Sunday Seminar” series with a discussion about our 7 Principles and the conversation about adding an 8th Principle, focusing on anti-racism. We’ll meet for about an hour right after coffee hour in the large conference room on the second floor.
Looking forward to seeing you all again soon (and often!)
Rev. Justine Sullivan
Interim Minister, CVUU