We have been given the duty to live in balance and harmony with each other and all living things. So now, we bring our minds together as one as we give greetings and thanks to each other as people.
~ From the Haudenosaunee Thanksgiving Address
Oh, how I loved our Thanksgiving service this past Sunday! All ages together, our beloved DRE Paul Greggs sharing his talent as a ventriloquist, the passing of cornbread, a shared reading of words of gratitude from people native to the land where we now live, and a rousing rendition of Blue Boat Home for flute, harp, mandolin, piano, and many ukuleles! What could be better than that?!
I am writing this note to you from my home in Massachusetts where Dale, Callie, and I will ather with family for the Thanksgiving meal, catching each other up on the events of our lives over the past year, and we will take a moment (as I hope you all will, too) to name what we are most grateful for. Dear ones, know that I count you and our time together in that list of gratitude, and you all are also in my prayers for health, peace and happiness in the days ahead.
I pray, too, for our nation, which seems to have lost its way. May our leaders find courage to speak and listen to truth, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
I will return to CVUU on Monday for the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy training that we are hosting beginning at 7PM. The topic is immigration. Join us if you can.
Rev. Justine Sullivan
Interim Minister, CVUU