We have begun 2020 with a lot of bang! Our volunteers have been amazing, stepping up despite busy schedules and making things go. Services have been well-attended and filled with great music. Community time after services have been abuzz and we are excited to have the energy of new members and a steady stream of visitors.
We continue to provide leadership to our county and to the national world of Unitarian Universalism. In January alone we hosted the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County’s Welcome Our Witness event, the Faith In Action East Bay Clergy lunch and ordained our own Jim Lewis (that’s Rev. Jim Lewis now! Hooray!)
We care and love one another. We have been saddened by the deaths of many within our community’s embrace and also the illness of others. And when people reach out, others are responding, providing care and celebration of one another.
We are learning and growing together through classes on our history, through Sunday Salon discussions and the new Wednesday minister’s class which is focused on new ways of thinking about what we believe.
We are spreading restorative practices through Breath and Spirit and vespers, journaling, forest bathing, and other healing techniques.
And we are working for justice. The new Climate Action Committee has been holding educational events. Our Sanctuary Team has continued to support our guest (and is now able to offer short and discreet ways to volunteer) and we are preparing to house Winter Nights, just to pick out a few activities.
So much to take in and to relish and so much for which I am grateful. Much to improve and continue to work on. Let’s keep it going, together.
With gratitude, Leslie