We are preparing for the first three-day weekend of the fall. The nature of this holiday weekend gives us an opportunity to reflect on many things.
Columbus Day, which this year falls on October 12th, is being celebrated less and less, and is being replaced by Indigenous Peoples’ Day. At least 13 states and countless cities, including the capital city of Virginia, now recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day as the anchor of the holiday weekend ahead of us. This is an indication of the growing awareness of the history of this nation and the many people who have been an integral but forgotten part of it. A part for which proper redress was never made. But, change comes . . . as long as we continue to work for it.
But, there is another holiday this week. One which is cause for rejoicing and serves as an example that change does come. October 11 is National Coming Out Day. So, don’t forget to show your love! According to the Human Rights Commission, one out of every two Americans has someone close to them who is gay or lesbian. For transgender people, that number is one in 10. So, let this day also serve as a reminder that although change has come, we need to make sure more positive change continues to happen, and that it sticks. So, make sure that you are registered to vote in this coming election, and that you vote your conscience and for all of the people you know and love.
Don’t forget to come to the Check-In and Chat on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm. On October 26th at 6:00pm, we will reflect on this month’s worship theme, which is Deep Listening. Please come and share your thoughts.
And here is a song by Diana Ross to start off your weekend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mAChLwOoNY
In peace and love,