It's obvious to most of us how important resilience is for individuals in being able to survive and thrive, but what about congregations? And how strong is a community's resilience, and what is its source? Spiritual food for reflection at the end of a first interim year. Time to exhale and perhaps even celebrate a bit.
Abraham Lincoln said, "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count; it's the life in your years." There is much that is challenging about aging in this culture, but what are the spiritual gifs of aging? It's interesting to think of the value of that to our Unitarian Universalist congregations.
So much is passed from one generation to another, legacies we cherish, ponder or regret. This is true whether the women who have played important roles in our lives have been birth mothers, adoptive mothers, mentors, or others. Mother's Day is a good time for reflecting and understanding, with a little help from writer Alice Walker, whose thoughtfulness on this runs deeply.
One wish that has repeatedly emerged from our Transition Team's workshop is that we, as a congregation, could be more welcoming. What does it mean to be welcoming in this world? Is it a matter of strategy or something deeper? Today we welcome members who have joined FRS since January.
With the Ministerial Search Committee soon to assume its duties, it's time for us to begin to consider ministry. From what does a minister's authority emerge? I have spoken before of "daring" to take up this vocation, but the minister-congregation relationship is effective only when there is a mutual understanding of how this delicate balance between the partners works. The first woman ever ordained by a denomination can help us to understand what's needed.