“Optimist: someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s a cha-cha.” – Robert Brault
As many of you know, I am a dancer. Generally, I spend 3-5 hours a week dancing. So of
course I could really appreciate this Robert Brault quote. Taking a step back after taking a step forward– it’s not just okay, not a disaster, but this process of learning, adjusting, and even backtracking could be something like a dance. When I started to dance, it took me a number of months to learn how to learn how to dance– how to pick up the different sections of choreography and then string them together. I remember really clearly the dance class when all of the sudden, I could do it. It just clicked after months of fumbling. I could finally learn and string together all the different pieces of the choreography. Often times, we have to learn HOW to learn. And in my experience, this learning how to learn is a clumsy process. I did not look or feel very elegant or sassy when I was learning how to learn dance. And the only way I could learn to learn dance was by doing it and fumbling alone. I couldn’t sit down and learn it abstractly so then I could perfectly execute.
Our congregation is a learning community, where hopefully, we are learning how to learn and can laugh along the way as we are awkward and fumbling. Cha-cha!!!!
I look forward to worshiping with you all this Sunday: Adorable Deplorable— Adorable Deplorable were the bumper sticker words plastered on the back of a Toyota Corolla—how can we recognize and care for those whose worldview seem so different from our own? Worship Leaders this week are Rev. Darcy Baxter and Matthew Mason.
Also, as part of worship, we will be doing a child dedication ritual for a few of our children who are new (ish) to the congregation!
Double Your Pledge Impact–Increased Pledges and New Pledges Will Be Matched! As you probably know, we are in middle of our annual fundraising pledge drive. What you generously donate to UUFSC determines just how powerfully we can Love the Hell out of Stanislaus County. Thanks to a generous donor, we have $5000 of matching funds for you if you increase your pledge or if you are newly pledging for the first time. In other words, if you had been pledging $1200 a year, and you up your pledge to $2000, your $800 increase will be matched with another $800. If you pledge for the first time with a $1200 pledge, then your pledge will be matched with another $1200. Thank you all for your generosity and for growing Beloved Community in Stanislaus County.