As many of you know, my father was an insurance man. So conversations about accurate risk assessment were common feature of my growing up. “Darcy, the most dangerous thing you will ever do is drive a car.” (My father cringed as I repeated this statement to him when I decided to go traipsing around India as a 20 year old!) Statistically speaking, this a pretty true statement. You are more likely to get mangled or killed driving on 99 than to be a victim in a mass shooting, a fear that has grown as we have bore witness to more mass shootings than we should. And yet, what we FEEL fear about often does not correlate with the risk to which we are considering exposing ourselves.
There is all kinds of feelings and fear circulating about this upcoming weekend, with the Straight Pride event. As you consider how you are going to engage (or not engage) this weekend, I hope will take to heart this funny human reality– we can feel intense fear over some situations that do not threaten us as much as situations that actually threaten our well-being quite a bit (like driving on the 99!) In this particular moment in history, a moment that feels scary and overwhelming to many of us; that is particularly risky for immigrants and their families; for Black and Brown folks, for LGBTQ+ and Queer folks, I hope you can figure out your way to Side with Love, however that looks. As Winona LaDuke said “Be The Ancestor Your Descendants Would Be Proud Of.”
I will be away this weekend– I am taking my family up to (ironically) a queer Jewish family camp in Yosemite, leaving Thursday morning and back on Sunday evening. Community organizer Everette Thompson from the UUA will be in town on Friday and Saturday; and Rev. Erin and Haruko D. will be leading worship on Sunday.
Come worship with us this Sunday: Fostering Love amidst Festering Hate–
We live in a time when we aren’t only dealing with environmental climate change. Recent years have brought an escalation of hate speech and crimes forcing us to look again at the climate of civility and basic human respect. Persons and movements are calling for “climate control”. What does it mean to foster love amidst festering hate. It’s not easy work. Come explore what a choice for love means and requires. Worship leaders: Rev. Erin Matteson, Haruko DeArth, and Jorge Torrez.