Dear CVUU members and friends:
Each week continues to offer new challenges and opportunities. This past week, we welcomed 7 new members into our congregation, and we also saw the return of an old conflict and wound. As I said in my sermon, quoting Rumi, “the wound is where the light enters you.” Many of our members and friends are hurting because they care about this congregation and about our place in the larger community. Hang in there. We are going to figure out how to engage differences of opinion and conflict without inflicting so much pain on ourselves and each other. I am confident that we can do this differently and well.
We had 21 participants in the first session of our “Spirit in Practice” class. I am delighted with that turnout and look forward to continuing over the next several weeks (10/27, 11/10, 12/1, and 12/8). If you would like to join us in progress, just email me (minister@C-VUU.org), and I will send you a summary of what we’ve covered so far. Join us. I will offer part II of this class in the spring and also plan to offer a UU History class. If there is a book or a topic you would like to propose for adult learning, please let me know. I intend to vary the times so that everyone can participate at least some of the time.
This Saturday, 10/27 at 1:00 PM we will hold a service of remembrance for Bob Magee, who died in early July. Our Sunday worship service will be a rich mix of many traditions. We will celebrate the Celtic Pagan holiday Samhain; our children will treat us to a Halloween parade, complete with costumes; and our guest speakers will be two Catholic nuns who have spent their lives working for peace. It doesn’t get much more UU than that! Join us.
I am in the office most days Tuesday through Friday. Call or email to make an appointment to be sure of catching me in and available. It is my great joy to spend time with you and to hear more of your stories. I am here for you.
Rev. Justine Sullivan
Interim Minister, CVUU