UUCA Connections, our monthly newsletter, includes service descriptions, columns from the Minister, Board of Trustees President, the Director of Lifespan Religious Education and the Assistant Minister. It also includes upcoming events, timely articles, and one page that is devoted to our Earth & Social Justice Ministry discussions and program offerings. Read Rev. Mark Ward’s column below, or click here to read the entire newsletter, and get a better feel for our congregation and how you would fit in!
The other day, a relatively new member of the congregation was telling me about the kind of things he hoped to be involved with here, and I observed, “You’re looking to get connected.” “Yes,” he replied, “That’s it!”
When we begin the hunt for a religious community, our first questions often gravitate around things like theological compatibility. Is this a congregation whose vision of the religious life is in tune with mine? Am I fed by what goes on in worship? Are these people I feel comfortable with? When we feel that there is a fit for us, we take the plunge and join. But then what?
That’s when you look for a place to connect. Connection means different things to different people. For some it may involve signing up for adult education, volunteering in a religious education class, or joining our small group ministry. For others it may mean singing in the choir, taking part in the hiking group, or greeting or ushering on Sundays. It could even involve something we haven’t thought up yet but that you might persuade a critical mass of people in the congregation to organize around.
Whatever else this congregation is about, it is fundamentally in the business of connection. The reason that we organize as a congregation and not as a freethinkers society where people come to hear pleasant talks is that we believe that the mission we exist to accomplish cannot be achieved simply by us as individuals. Our spiritual growth takes place in how we connect. The way we develop personally, the richness of our community, and the difference that we make in the larger world all depend on connections we make in different ways and in different places.
All this is rooted in our seventh principle, which reminds us that we are indissolubly linked to each other and all things. This unity is the source of our strength and our hope. So, if you are wondering where you might fit here, just look for a place to connect. And if you’re not sure, then stretch outside your comfort zone. Try something you’ve never tried before. Just connect . . . you’ll be glad you did!
And speaking of connection, please plan to attend a special ceremony here on Friday evening, March 22 for the ordination of our member Sally Beth Shore. Sally Beth has completed a Master of Divinity degree and been admitted into fellowship as a UU minister, but she is not formally considered a minister, and given the “Rev.” title, until she is ordained. Only congregations can ordain a minister and we are delighted to bestow that honor on her. Do plan to be there. It will be a great party!