Message from the Minister

As we step into the fresh canvas of the new year, I am filled with gratitude for the warmth and light that each of you brings to our church, our spiritual community. January not only marks the beginning of a new calendar year, but it is also a time for reflection, renewal, and setting intentions for the journey ahead–a journey that is perilous and adventurous, filled with the spectrum of joy and concern.

As I read the legislative updates and look for democracy in our society, I can’t help but feel the call to justice. The words, “Freedom isn’t free,” seem to ring in my ears, although the tone of that notion is very different than the typical use in our communities. There is a vital role we play in nurturing and protecting our democracy. Our faith encourages us to actively engage with the world around us, advocating for justice, equity, and the inherent worth and dignity of every individual. Active engagement is what got us noticed by the UUA as a Breakthrough congregation in 2017 and then by the UCCs in 2018. Our engagement with social justice and social action is imperative.

This month, I am reminded of the words of civil rights leader John Lewis, who stated, “Democracy is not a state. It is an act.” As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to be active participants in the ongoing work of democracy. Whether it be through voting, engaging in civil discourse, or advocating for policies that align with our values, each action we take contributes to the flourishing of a just and inclusive society.

As we embark on this new chapter, let us take a moment to set intentions for our personal and collective growth. What dreams do we wish to manifest in the coming months? How can we deepen our commitment to justice and compassion in both our personal and communal lives?

Throughout the state and nation there are UU groups and committees focused on social justice, environmental stewardship, and community outreach. Consider engaging beyond the congregation level. These spaces provide opportunities for us to connect with like-minded individuals, share ideas, and work together towards positive change.

Our church is a sacred space where we come together to nurture our spirits and support one another on life’s journey. It’s that warm feeling we get in the sanctuary and the familiarity with coffee in the basement. Could we commit to deepening our connections as we aspire to Beloved Community? These shared experiences strengthen the bonds that make All Souls UU Church a beacon of love and acceptance.

As we step into the unknown of 2024, let us do so with open hearts, courageous spirits, and a commitment to justice that knows no bounds. Together, we can make a meaningful impact, not only within the walls of our church but in the wider world we are called to serve.

May this new year be one of growth, connection, and the realization of our shared dreams.

Rev. Will

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