Like many of my colleagues in ministry, I am wrestling with how to address the issues that trouble our hearts in these days leading up to the winter holidays. This Sunday's sermon, "Comfort and Joy", focuses on festivity and celebration as a means of strengthening our spiritual lives. But how can we even think about this at such a time?
We struggle to comprehend the news coming to us from Ferguson MO and Staten Island NY and too many other incidents of this kind. Our assumptions and attitudes about race and justice are shaken as people in this nation become even more divided on this issue.
The calendar moves us inexorably toward holiday celebrations, yet our hearts are heavy. So this Sunday we will endeavor to do both: to offer a time to lift our spirits, to celebrate being together. And to share our grief and frustration as we try to understand who we are and what we are called to do.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday! This is your opportunity to connect with your religious home - we may not have all the answers, but we do have each other. And you won't want to miss the debut of First Unitarian Voices, our new intergenerational choir!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free be in touch.
Reverend Dr. Susan Veronica Rak