Considering the Consequences

We closed the Board of Trustee’s retreat on Saturday with a reading of the Board’s covenant, which ends with these words:

“We will consider the consequences of our decisions as they affect the vision, mission, and safety of our entire community, now and for future generations, viewing ourselves as stewards of the Fellowship. Answer the Why, Not the What.”

Congregational life is a delicate balancing of the past, present, and future.  We must keep coming back to that question of “Why?”  Why does UUFSC exist?  What difference in the world does UUFSC make?  Could we make more of an impact or a different kind of impact?  Unitarian Universalism means something–I have seen that over and over again, particularly in my reproductive justice related work.  Yes, UUFSC exists to foster caring and healing for us, the members.  And it also exists to do something in the world outside of our church walls.

The altar co-created at the Board retreat, with Board members contributing special objects from their lives.

The altar co-created at the Board retreat, with Board members contributing special objects from their lives.

We cannot do everything, fight for every cause.  But we can do something.  What should our something be?  What are our priorities?   What is Unitarian Universalism’s unique gift to offer Stanislaus County? These are the questions your leadership will continue wrestling with and figuring out how to make happen, in ongoing conversation with members.

I look forward to worshiping with you all this Sunday: “Like A Prayer.”  Yup, it’s about Madonna!  We will also be welcoming Angel Holmes as our new church pianist.

After church on Sunday, I will be participating in Rabbi Shalom Bochner’s installation service at Congregational Beth Shalom. I am thrilled that Rabbi Bochner has been called into full time service at Beth Shalom– UU’s have a long history of partnership with Reform Jewish congregations!

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