Climbing That Mountain

On Thursday, I participated in the last day of the American Leadership Forum’s year long leadership program I have been participating in since last June.  Our group, made up of folks from San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced countries, have met once a month, along with a few longer retreats, including the one in September where they took us out camping in the back-country.   And on that trip, there was a mountain they said we could choose to climb (I shared about this back in September).  I never decided to summit the mountain– I decided I would start walking with a few other people, walk as far as I wanted, and then stop when I wanted.   Step by step by step by step.  And eventually, I found myself almost to the summit and so I said “what the heck, let’s go.”

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Irises in front of the church!

Often when we face big, intimidating obstacles, we are served best by focusing on the next right step and not on the bigness of the mountain.  As long as we have good company, step by step, we make our way and will surprise ourselves just how high we can make it.

After 8 weeks away on parental leave, I very much look forward to worshiping with you all this Sunday:  What We Can Do Together–Being a human being means constantly navigating our separateness and connectedness–what is good for the group? What is good for the individual? Where and how do we draw the lines, if such lines can even be drawn? Worship leaders: Rev. Darcy and Sharon Arpoika.

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The mountain I climbed without intending to!

Also, there is a special messages from the Board of Trustees and myself in this week’s E-blast/Upcoming at UUFSC.  Please take a look!

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