Home is so many things

I went back to where I grew up last week, a place that was home for me in my childhood.

A farm down the road from my parents home.

A farm down the road from my parents home.

Home is word that tends to evoke a lot of feeling.  We often talk about people finding a spiritual home with us here at UUFSC.   Home can connote a sense of belonging, comfort,  and safety.  But then again, we also know that lots of unhappy things happen in ‘homes’– abuse, violence, grief, sadness. Home is so many things.  A friend shared this Philip Larkin poem with me recently:

Home is so sad. It stays as it was left,
Shaped to the comfort of the last to go
As if to win them back. Instead, bereft
Of anyone to please, it withers so,
Having no heart to put aside the theft

And turn again to what it started as,
A joyous shot at how things ought to be,
Long fallen wide. You can see how it was:
Look at the pictures and the cutlery.
The music in the piano stool. That vase.

The house my mother grew up in, handbuilt by my grandfather.

The house my mother grew up in, handbuilt by my grandfather.

What does home mean to you?

And, after all the traveling to and from Upstate New York,  I am certainly glad to be back where I feel is home, the comfort and belonging kind of home!

This week in worship, (one service at 10am!)  we are lucky to have guest preacher Rev. Kurt A. Kuhwald join Tina Godsey in leading worship.  Rev. Kuhwald will address how we must take care of home, our planet earth as home! In Rev. Kuhwald’s words:  “We have come to it …  the decision point. We have come to the realization that as UUs we must Commit 2 Respond to the greatest challenge human kind has ever faced … we must take our place, offer our gifts… we must, together in community, take the redemptive pathway to climate justice and a just transition for all people, all species.”

Rev. Kuhwald has served 8 congregations as minister in various capacities. He has also served in three community ministries including a street ministry in San Francisco, faculty at Starr King School and community change activist for racial, economic and climate justice in the SF East Bay.


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