I love metaphors. I’ll sometimes latch onto an idea from something I’m reading, and re-imagine what it’s saying to me. Those of you who regularly enjoy Journey Well might recall that in January, I spoke about the mossy tinder that the Haudenosaunee people held sacred; just a spark could ignite this tinder into the fire that sustained the community’s life. I imagined this legend as a metaphor for the UUCSS board: holding the possibilities of all the holy work this congregation is capable of, needing only your spark to help sustain the flame that is burning with “…the light of truth, the warmth of community, and the fire of commitment”. The teams, committees, and task forces of this congregation need your spark. At the February board meeting, we continued to discuss ways to” ignite the sparks” in our beloved community. Our past president, Pam Collins, introduced a leadership initiative that will help us identify ways for you to get involved. Where might you add your one-of-a-kind, divine spark? She’ll talk about that more in these spaces. We received updates from teams that had fallen dormant during COVID, but are coming to life again. We’ll continue to fan those flames. But I digress…
Today I’m out of the fire, and into the metaphoric mud. Specifically the mud that gives life to the Lotus. We see the image of the Lotus everywhere, especially in articles about yoga and meditation. For many cultures it symbolizes enlightenment, rebirth, and self-regeneration. Lotus roots thrive in the mud; the blossom itself sinks into the mud every night and is reborn every morning, beautifully fresh and clean. The mud is the source of its renewal. Can you see where I’m going with this?
We’ve seen a lot of mud this past year. Politics, pandemic, isolation. In these waning days of winter, where might you find renewal? I find it every Sunday morning on zoom, seeing faces of cherished friends; hearing Rev Joe’s inspirational words. If you’re looking for ways to refresh and re-invigorate your spirit, you’re in the right place. We Unitarian Universalists share an amazing faith, gaining insight from multiple sources. In this article alone, I’ve shared thoughts from Native People and Buddhist cultures. Rev Joe has invited us to read and ponder the wisdom of the Tao every Wednesday evening. Over the past 6 weeks, I’ve been part of a group exploring the roots of Unitarian Universalism, and just last Saturday I attended an all-day seminar called “New Day Rising”, a UUA sponsored event where we examined the ways we might all work to dismantle white supremacy culture (more about that to come). UU General Assembly is just a few months away, and the connections you will find there are amazingly diverse, educational, and uplifting. There are numerous, on-going opportunities from the national, regional, and yes, your own UUCSS community for connection. To be renewed. To be rejuvenated.
I urge you to take advantage of all the ways your Unitarian Universalist faith can supply what you need to emerge from the mire that this past year has created. If you’re not sure where to start, ask your minister (he’s a real friendly guy). Ask me!
There is a world of connection at your fingertips. Come on…don’t be a stick-in-the-mud!
President of the Board of Trustees