From The Shooting Star. Copyright 2010, Ellen Rowse Spero. All rights reserved.
Several of you asked me to pass on the words of the Reverend Rebecca Parker, with which I ended my sermon this past Sunday. Here they are: “Let us make it our aim to move in harmony with the deep music that is always sounding. Even when we have momentarily lost our ability to hear or feel it, the music is there. Let us respond to the rhythm and harmony that pulses through life, ever refreshing our souls. And let us move in the world as singers and dancers of the spirit, composers of justice, and artists of peace.” (p. 142 in Bless the World).
Her words felt especially apt in several ways. First, we were graced by “deep music” at both services, in the morning by our own senior choir with Matt Bliss on violin and in the evening by members of the Temple Emanuel Choir. They shared with us three beautiful songs from different branches of Judaism.
Second, several folks shared with us during joys and sorrows how important our thoughts, prayers, cards, and phone calls during times when it was hard for them to hear or feel this deep music. Part of the way we respond faithfully to our covenant and call as a Unitarian Universalist congregation is to help keep the rhythm and harmony, to sing and dance the spirit, to keep faith with this deep music so that those in and beyond our congregation who cannot hear or feel for a time can find their way back to it.
Finally, we had a wonderful conference led by the Reverend Sue Phillips on “Leading Congregations Through Change” this past Saturday. Thirty-five of us were joined by twenty-five folks from First Parish in Groton. From the feedback I have received, people really enjoyed it and learned a lot. I am still processing it all and will communicate more about it at a later date. However, one key learning for me was the importance of paying attention to this “deep music” beneath all of our conversations, decisions, and choices. Keeping faith with it will help guide us on a wiser and truer path.
From The Shooting Star. Copyright 2010, Ellen Rowse Spero. All rights reserved
For this column, I would like to offer us a couple of invitations with regard to some opportunities for our congregation. Two weeks ago, I asked you during worship to answer three questions: 1) what line of our covenant resonates for you most deeply; 2) how do you see us living out our covenant well and 3) how do you see us living out our covenant more deeply. Cindy Gist (bless her!) made two posters with your answers. Three repeated themes that emerged for the third question were a desire to see us be better stewards of our congregation, better stewards of the earth and to do more local social outreach and justice work. So here are the invitations to deepen in these ways.
Second, I invite you to consider joining the Green Committee. It needs new members in order to help us sustain and deepen this particular commitment to being good stewards of the earth. The Committee has had a table at social hour the past couple of weeks. They are featuring a presentation by the Reverend Barbara McCusick Liscord (our former ministerial intern!) and Paul Liscord on sustainability on October 29th. The chair of the Green Committee is Ami Hughes and their next meeting is Tuesday October 19th at 7 pm.
And last but not least, a reminder. We will be having a non-surprise baby shower for Sadie next Sunday after the fire drill and enough social hour for those who cannot stay. Lynne Cole welcomes help with food, clean up and set up. If you have questions about gifts or other things, please feel free to contact me. And I hear that we might have some fun games too!