Aug 31 2010

The Seasons of Renewal for Our Journey of Faith:Happy Homecoming FUCSJ!

Published by at 8:15 pm under Minister's Musings

Sunday, September 12, at our Special Combined-Service Time of 10:30 a.m.: Homecoming Sunday! The words are sweet on my tongue and dancing through my fingertips. Homecoming is here—this joyful time of renewal, regathering, and recommitment!Like the water we each bring to share in our Water Ceremony, at Homecoming we unite the individual streams of our life into one river which is greater even than the sum of its parts. At Homecoming, we reconnect with who we are: one community of many diverse and beautiful souls, bound together by choice to discover greater depth, joy, service, and meaning, committed to making the transforming power of Love visible in our lives, in our community, in our world.This year we embark with renewed intention on a remarkable journey of faith. We of all ages will find mysteries to explore, questions to be asked, fun to be had, good works to be done, relationships to deepen. We will shape our journey around five “liturgical seasons”—does that phrase echo with any faith traditions you have known? If so, be prepared to delight in the mingling of the familiar and the brand-new, for here are the Unitarian Universalist seasons we claim this year: the seasons of Transformation, Incarnation, Love, Grace, and Freedom. During the Season of Transformation—Homecoming Sunday through the Day of the Dead—we will share our stories of change and new beginnings. We will ponder the ways in which forgiveness, as a spiritual practice, helps to make room for the new; we will practice seeing things with the fresh eyes of compassion. We will deepen our understanding of how, in our lives as in nature all around us, we must sometimes die to the old in order to be reborn to the new.Our board (a body of strong and visionary members) will guide us in naming and claiming our mission and vision. Did you know that in 2015, FUCSJ will be 150 years old? What will we do between now and then to make this birthday a citywide celebration of all that First Unitarian has offered and now offers to our community? With our consultation weekend, October 2-3, and in conversations before and after, we will ask the radical questions: Who are we? What is our purpose? Why do we need to be a multicultural, multiracial, multidimensional congregation, for example? Do we, in fact, “need” to be? And if we are indeed called to create this Beloved Community, this community that models one sacred human family, then how best do we go about making this vision a reality?What transformations will we experience in ourselves, as well as in our community, when we ask these questions and follow them faithfully where they lead us?My own sabbatical time—from December 25 through June 26—will offer both you, beloved FUCSJ, and me rich seasons of renewal. As we prepare for the sabbatical this fall, we are united on this journey of faith, for the streams of all our lives have flowed together to make a river greater than any one of us could have dreamed.Come, join us on this journey! Welcome Home! 

With joy and anticipation for the year ahead,Nancy  

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